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Blueberries—Swedish forests are full of the “super berry” in the fall season. A company in Sweden is now making blueberry wine. /p22
Swedish apple cake
It’s apple harvest time, and that means Swedish apple cake. While the apple harvest wasn’t bountiful in Sweden, we in the States can look forward to trying a recipe from a Swedish American baker who knows the importance of this fall fika fixture. It even uses ingredients we can easily find in the U.S. / p28
Rocks and hard places
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The modern design of a house that sits seamlessly with the rocky outcroppings of Sweden’s western archipelago isn’t an unexpected example of beautiful Swedish design – and may be a modern family’s dream house more than a red or white cottage tucked into the hills of a coastal fishing village. / p14
The Embassy of Sweden has gifted us with a cultural counselor who often contributes information about events of interest that are happening in Sweden. In this issue, she shares with us a selection of Swedish cultural events that are being presented around the U.S. this fall. / p13
After Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr. was born, his sister couldn’t pronounce “brother” but called him “Buzzer.” The name stuck, and in 1988 the famous Swedish American engineer and astronaut legally changed his first name to Buzz. Buzz Aldrin, one of only a few people with Swedish heritage to go into space, made history in 1969 when he set foot on the moon (moments after taking an iconic photo of Neil Armstrong doing so for the first time ever). Arne Christer Fuglesang (born in 1957 in Stockholm) was the first Swedish citizen in space—his first launch was the December 10, 2006 Space Shuttle mission. Since then Fuglesang has been on a second Space Shuttle mission and five spacewalks, and continues as a physicist and an astronaut with the European Space Agency. This year, on September 25, another Swede joined the ranks with Aldrin and Fugelsang: Dr. Jessica Ulrika Meir, 42, jetisoned into space from Kazakhstan and landed at the International Space Station (ISS) with her two crewmates. Meir has dual citizenship in Sweden and America, so this launch makes her the first Swedish woman in space. Her mother is a native Swede from Västerås in central Sweden, and her father is Israeli. Meir studied in Sweden and speaks Swedish.
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6 Since 1953, Greenland has been the territory of which Nordic country? A) the Faroe Islands B) Denmark C) Norway D) Iceland
2 What country is the world’s largest exporter of salmon? A) Sweden B) Norway C) U.S. D) Chile
8 How many mines are in production in Sweden today? A) 1 B) 5 C) 17 D) 37
grandson would do what? A) walk on the moon B) earn a PhD at MIT C) receive a Congressional Gold Medal D) all of the above
7 What does the Swedish portmanteau “blågon” refer to? A) a blue-eyed foreigner B) hybrid lingon-blueberries C) a whistleblower D) sad times
3 When was the first ring wall around Visby put up? A) 995 B)1200 C) 1555 D) 1776
9 Henning Mankell’s books about Wallander take place in what small Swedish town? A) Sigtuna B) Ystad C) Gränna D) Eskilstuna
5 What battery-run device was developed by Swede Rune Elmquist? A) calculator B) milking machine C) zipper D) pacemaker
4 Who is the Danish author of the novel “Out of Africa”? A) Naja Marie Aidt B) Piet Hein C) Johannes Jensen D) Karen von Blixen-Finecke
10 What event attracts so many visitors that it is moving to Fotografiska museum in 2020? A) black licorice festival B) smartphone photo editing C) Nordic walking championship D) Innebandy Goalie Conference
October 20—Sibylla The female name Sibylla is of Latin origins and means “seer.” It has been used in Sweden since the 16th century when it was also spelled Sibilla. It entered the Swedish almanac in honor of Princess Sibylla in 1934. The Italian version of the name is Sibilla, the French and German Sybille and the English is Sybil. Sibylla experienced a certain popularity during the 1940s but has since decreased markedly. October 24—Evert Evert is a man’s name with German origins. It’s a low German form of the name Eberhard, which is made up by the words “eber,” meaning wild boar and “hard” meaning strong. The name has been in usage in Sweden since the 14th century and was somewhat of a fashion name a bit over 100 years ago, when it entered the Swedish almanac. Since 1940, however, it has become increasingly unusual. The name can also be carried by a woman, but not as a given name.
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October TO DO 10.17 EAT SAUSAGE: GRYNKORVENS DAG / We learned something new on last year’s visit to Skövde, Sweden and the Skaraborg area: There’s something called grynkorv, which can loosely be translated as “grain sausage.” The meat in this sausage is often complemented with some kind of grain or potatoes*. And the sausage has its own organization and a special day, just like the cinnamon bun. 10.24 UNITED NATIONS DAY: FN-Dagen / The day marks the anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. The interstate organization promotes human rights, social progress and world peace; and that focus and a more united UN has never been as important or needed as it is today. 10.27 FALL BACK: SOMMARTID SLUTAR / Daylight Saving Time ends in Sweden, so turn your clocks back an hour and fall back into bed for an extra hour of sleep (note: that’s for Sweden; here in the U.S. we have to wait until Sunday, Nov. 3). In Europe enjoy it while you can: Earlier this year the European parliament voted to end Daylight Saving Time after 2021.
A star is born: a Swedish apple cake recipe with easy-to-find ingredients. /Page 28
First Swedish woman in space / New look for SAS / Thunberg bigger than Trump / No to insects but no sanctions against eating meat.
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10.31 ALL HALLOW’S EVE: ALLA HELGONS AFTON / Better known as Halloween, it’s not as common in Sweden as it is in the U.S. More Swedes are gathering candles for Allhelgonahelgen and preparing to light them at the cemeteries where their loved ones are buried. *When most modern Swedes encounter the omnipresent potatiskorv (potato sausage) at a Swedish American event, they are encountering it for the first time. We’ve often claimed potato sausage is a food created from the lives the early immigrants left behind in Sweden and with no equivalence in modern society. Well, we stand corrected: In the province of Värmland and neighboring Västergötland where Skövde is, this same sausage is often called potato sausage (potatiskörv in local Värmland lingo). Fotografiska’s new home in New York.
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First Swedish woman in space
The Nordic National Museum welcomes a new director of exhibitions, Leslie Anderson.
Leslie Anderson is the new Director of Collections, Exhibitions and Programs at the Nordic National Museum. She comes from the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, where she was Curator of European, American and Regional Art. A specialist in the Danish Golden Age, Leslie spent a Fulbright year at the University of Copenhagen and Statens Museum for Kunst with additional research support from the American-Scandinavian Foundation and the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study. According to a release from the museum Leslie believes the National Nordic Museum offers enduring content for all audiences: The story of Nordic immigration is the story of America. Her own heritage is Danish on her father’s side, while her mother emigrated from Cuba.
After years of preparation, the countdown was complete: On September 25, Jessica Meir left the earth in a Russian rocket and became the first Swedish woman in space. The spacecraft took off from Kazakhstan at 9:57 a.m. EST. The trip was estimated to take six hours, then it took another two hours before they could safely step into the International Space Station. Shortly after 6 p.m. EST, Swedish-American Jessica Meir and her two colleagues arrived to the ISS. In NASA’s live broadcast, Meir and her crew were welcomed by their six colleagues who received them in the Russian part of the ISS. “It’s hard to understand that we’re here! It has actually felt very much like being in the simulator—until it moves, and you see the view,” exclaimed Meir, who is now the first female Swede in space. Jessica Meir, who has dual citizenship because her The crew will work with hundreds of different mother is Swedish (her late father was Israeli), becomes the first Swedish American woman in space. experiments during their stay on board.
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For the first time in 21 years, SAS has launched a brand new visual identity and revealed a new design for its aircraft exterior. The new look is a modern take on classic Scandinavian design, and to highlight the future of SAS, the new Airbus A350 and A320neo, the market’s most modern and fuel-efficient aircraft, will be the first to feature the new design. “The new livery design is a symbol of our future, a more sustainable and competitive future for SAS, but one that also embraces our heritage. Travelers from Scandinavia will recognize their home, while global travelers will encounter the renowned feeling of the Nordics,” Rickard Gustafson, SAS president and CEO said in a recent press release. The new design extends the blue color of the tail further down the fuselage and adds a new big silver SAS logo to the front of the aircraft. SAS chose an advanced coating material, provided by AkzoNobel, which allows fewer layers of color. According to the airline this reduces the weight of the aircraft significantly and translates into fuel savings as well as reduced CO2 emissions. The roll-out of the new look will follow the normal maintenance program of the fleet, which means we’ll see the design on transatlantic flights in early 2020, beginning with the Airbus A350 that begins long-haul service between Copenhagen and Chicago on January 28, 2020.
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This sign on the Community Church at the corner of 35th Street and Madison in Manhattan seemed appropriate for this week’s story on the phenomenon of Greta Thunberg.
Thunberg bigger than Trump
... so far on Instagram. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg is now bigger than U.S. President Donald Trump in terms of the number of interactions on Instagram, according to an analysis Swedish television made via the tool Crowdtangle. During the intense week that passed, with appearances in the UN General Assembly and the global climate protests of September 20, Thunberg’s posts on Instagram have had over 7 million likes and comments. Trump falls behind for the first time with less than 5 million interactions. However, Trump is still dominant on his favorite platform, Twitter.
Global climate demonstrations
On September 20, millions of climate demonstrations were organized around the world. Behind the demonstrations stands the umbrella organization Fridays For Future, which was inspired by the Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg and her climate protests outside Sweden’s parliament.
No sanctions against eating meat
Meat consumption is falling too slowly for Sweden to meet the UN’s climate goals. However, Swedish politicians do not want to take compulsory measures but place the main responsibility on the consumer. Several parties agree that carnivores should reduce their meat intake, but no one wants to see a targeted meat tax. On the other hand, the governing Social Democrats are proposing an origin marking of meat in restaurants. The Center party would like to see life cycle climate labels on food. The conservatives, the Christian Democrats and the Sweden Democrats feel politicians should not try to influence eating habits at all, other than for health reasons.
No insects on plates in Sweden At least not yet. Rising incomes in the world have lead to more people eating more meat than ever before, and according to the UN, livestock farming is just as bad as burning fossil fuels when it comes to greenhouse emissions. Small wonder then that so many startups are racing to economically create lab-grown meat ... since it’s necessary to come in way below the price for Memphis Meat’s $1000 meatball of 2016. This, the world’s first cell-based meatball was followed a year later by cell-based poultry but still not at a price that makes us think it will show up at your local store anytime soon. Meanwhile the vegan meat substitutes are already here—Ikea, which already offers vegetarian based dishes for schnitzel, lasagna and pasta bolognese, is introducing the meat-free meatball (“Köttfribullen,” Nordstjernan 09, 2019) that should be offered in all U.S. stores next year. As reported in our latest issue, several Swedish startup companies are looking at reducing food waste while others are looking at creative ways to change our source of protein. Emma Aspholmer and Ellen Gellerbrant founded the company Hakuna Mat in 2013 with the goal of putting insects on the Swedes’ dinner tables. Business picked up quickly and the Gothenburg company started to import crickets, mealworms, buffalo worms and grasshoppers to sell on the internet. But in the fall of 2016, the first setback came when Hakuna Mat applied to the environmental office in Gothenburg to become a food company. The request was refused and the company was later
also banned from marketing their products as food because they lacked approval from the European Commission. The founders chose to discontinue operations shortly thereafter. The creators behind another food tech company, Nutrient, switched to plant-based protein after the Swedish National Food Agency (Livsmedelverket) refused to approve insects as food. In true entrepreneurial spirit, the company then switched to another protein source: tempeh. Originally a fermentation technology from Indonesia based on soy, the company started to develop it with yellow peas and other Swedish raw materials. The basic idea behind the company is not to develop a protein source to replace meat. Rather, tempeh should be seen as something new, “a useful product that’s better for the climate than meat.” It should be durable, accessible and tasty, says the company. Instead of using soy from another part of the world, Swedish tempeh is made of yellow peas from Öland, quinoa from Skåne and gray peas from Närke. Production takes place in Vårby outside Stockholm. Their tempeh has so far been sold at the Stockholm chain Urban Deli and a select few grocery stores along with some 40 restaurants. The aim is to launch the product to more grocery stores in January 2020. In conjunction with the change from insect-based protein to tempeh, a new brand, A2O, was developed. Look for the A20 tempeh kit at Urban Deli next time you’re in Stockholm and create your own veggie burger. For more info, see www.a2o.se
Eager to try? Many insects are packed with protein and nutrients and will continue to grow as a food source. In the U.S. you won’t yet find cricket flour at your local store but there are ample suppliers online. Search insectbased food or check www.gastrobug.com. Several California restaurants serve insect-based but in NYC we only found the Mexican Toloache, which serves a taco dish with dried crickets. As for Scandinavia, insect-based food is allowed in Denmark, Finland and Norway, and Swedish consumers can order online from those countries or for instance the English company Grub, www.eatgrub.co.uk. One Swedish startup “entopreneur,” www.eatem. se, set up shop in Copenhagen and supplies protein-rich cricket based crisp bread. OCTOBER 15, 2019 5
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California San Francisco 10.17, 7:30 PM Jazz w/ Nordic Rhythms & Atmospheres: Touring the U.S. for the first time, Örjan Hulten Orion delivers that much-loved Scandinavian sensibility to modern jazz. Örjan Hultén, one of Sweden’s foremost saxophonists and improvisers joins Bay Area jazz group Garuda Blue, presenting original arrangements of famous jazz classics and lesser-known gems. Red Poppy Art House / info@ redpoppyarthouse.org / orjanhulten@ gmail.com Thousand Oaks 10.20, 9 AM – 5 PM Hostmarknad: The annual Scandinavian fall event includes a Swedish Meatball Competition and Lingonberry Pie Easting Contest, Scandinavian food and artists, gifts, entertainment, folk dancers, vendors, swimming, petting zoo, kubb and more. At Vasa Park in Triunfo Canyon in Agoura Hills, www.vasapark.org
Florida Clearwater 11.01, 11:45 AM - 2:45 PM Suncoast Scandinavian Club: Welcome to the November luncheon meeting with entertainment by Lars-Erik Robinson, Swedish caricaturist. Lunch cost is $17/ visitor. RSVP required to Cherstin Peterson, 732.546.7756 or sunscanclub1965@gmail. com / www.facebook.com/SuncoastScandinavian-Club-Inc-639715096132281
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Mikael Persbrandt and director Anna Odell star in the opening night’s movie X&Y. Image: B-Reel Films/Swedish Film Database
The 5th annual Nordic International Film Festival in New York is October 16-20. The festival is the biggest Nordic film festival outside Europe, taking place at a new home this year: the Roxy Cinema in New York’s Roxy Hotel (formerly the Tribeca Grand). Two young Swedish filmmakers living in NY, Linnea Larsdotter and Johan Matton, started NIFF and are now joined by former Stockholm Film Commissioner Ingrid Rudefors, to present quality films to film professionals, film lovers and local, national and international Nordic enthusiasts in an exclusive and attentive setting, in New York. theme for the 2019-2020 school year is: animals. All ages are welcome to attend with a caregiver for this free (with admission) program. Swedish American Museum, RSVP via email to snyman@ samac.org / 773.728.8111 / w w w. swedishamericanmuseum.org 11.07 11 AM – 4 PM Pop-up Café – Kladdkakansdag: The Swedish sticky chocolate cake is a close relative to the brownie, just stickier because it lack a rising agent. No one knows how this recipe came about, but it is one of the most commonly baked cakes in Sweden today. Come try a slice of cake and beverage for $6. Swedish American Museum, 773.728.8111 / museum@samac. org / www.swedishamericanmuseum.org Geneva 10.19-10.20, 1-4 PM Swedish Cottages in the Park: On October Open Day, see the stugas (little houses) that were built around 1933 to provide seasonal shelter to campers (and are now privately owned) and tour the Viking, an exact replica of the Gokstad that sailed the Atlantic in 1893 from Bergen, Norway to New York
Two special awards will be presented at this year’s NIFF: the Nordic Film Grand Prize, which will be comprised of a one-week inspirational trip to the Faroe Islands; and the International Film Grand Prize—a oneweek inspirational trip to Finland. NIFF’s official media partner, Variety, will present both the opening night film and party, Anna Odell’s East Coast premiere of X&Y, and the closing night block of Nordic Shorts and party. For more information on all the films and showtimes, see email@example.com / www.nordicfilmfest.org
and to the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Docent-led tours begin every 30 minutes; learn about this one-ofa-kind ship, its construction, journey and significance. You may even meet a Viking. Good Templar Park, 630-6747530 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www. vikingship.us and www.goodtemplarpark. org/cottages
Massachusetts West Newton 10.18, 7 PM The Saga of Ragnar Lodbrok and Other Tales: Chapter House weaves together stories and music to create a unique concert experience, this time with Peter and Sarah Walker exploring the rich lore of the medieval Norse world—and the saga of the legendary viking Ragnar Lodbrok, tales from the Eddas featuring mythical gods and giants, and the Vinland sagas, which describe Leif Eriksson’s discovery of the New World centuries before Columbus arrived. Scandinavian Cultural Center, 617.795.1914, email@example.com / www.scandicenter.org 10.19, 7-8 PM Copenhagen Chamber Choir Camerata:
This group presents choral music from the Nordic region, both contemporary and traditional, which delves into the unique Scandinavian choral sound and explores its rich history and roots in traditional regional music and in Scandinavian nature. $15/ SCC members, $20/non-members. This performance is at the First Baptist Church in Newton. Organizer Scandinavian Cultural Center, 617.795.1914 / www.scandicenter. org Ongoing Exhibit - Available Light: Photographs and videos by Swedish American visual artist and writer, Erika Råberg, from her 2012– 2017 work at the family farm in Värmland, Sweden, in the family since the early 1600s. Erika’s lens work brings a unique sense of place that both document and transform. Through October at Scandinavian Cultural Center, 617.795.1914, Kerry@scandicenter. org / www.scandicenter.org
Michigan Grand Rapids 11.09, 3-5 PM Scandinavian Cuisine Throughout the Year—two lectures by Richard Tellström: The Swedish Christmas Table—roots,
local events traditions and new ideals / Swedish food culture during the last 1000 years and the Swedish-American Food Heritage. Tellström is an associate professor in food and meal science and an ethnologist at Stockholm University. More details at 616.458.0420 / www.sahswm.org/ upcoming-events
Minnesota Duluth 10.26, 3-5 PM Allt för Sverige premier viewing party: Join cast members for a public screening of the season premiere of Season 9 of the Emmy winning series Allt för Sverige (The Great Swedish Adventure), about Americans who return to their Swedish roots. Cast members scheduled to attend include Duluth local Melissa Walls, Jennifer Buhrow (Chicago), Brittany Gulowaty (Winnipeg), Kaytie Hubis (San Diego), Dude Settergren (Florida), and Mats Thureson (Vermont). Join the cast for a panel discussion as they share behind-the-scenes photos from their Great Swedish Adventure. Nordic Center, 218.390.8426 / nordiccenterduluth@ gmail.com / www.nordiccenterduluth.org Minneapolis 10.26, 9:15-10 AM Babies at the Castle: Leave your strollers at the door (we have designated stroller parking) and carry your baby through the mansion before it opens to the general public. It’s the last chance in The Vikings Begin exhibit before it closes. The tour is approximately 30 minutes followed by 15 minutes of sensory play, which could include circle time and sharing touchable objects. Designed for babies up to 15 months. $15/child with caregiver. American Swedish Institute, 612.871.4907 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www.asimn.org 10.26, 1-5 PM Nordic Craft Workshop: Celebrate one of Sweden’s favorite folk art symbols by making a felt Dala horse! Hand sew your own red or blue Dala horse under the guidance of instructor Julie Steller. Students will use 100% wool felt, authentic
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See the Vikings before they leave
The Vikings Begin, the highly acclaimed exhibit of 1400-year-old artifacts from the early Viking Age, will soon be leaving the Midwest. It is on view only through October 27 at American Swedish Institute, 612.871.4907 / www.asimn.org Swedish patterned ribbons and trim, and wool fleece to stuff a one-of-a-kind Dala horse. It is helpful to have some hand sewing experience for this project. $15 materials fee + $55 ASI members / $65 non-members. American Swedish Institute, 612.871.4907 / www.asimn.org Through 10.27 The Vikings Begin: See the highly anticipated exhibit of 1400-year-old artifacts from the early Viking Age, on view at American Swedish Institute, 612.871.4907 / www.asimn.org 10.24 4th Thursday Smörgåsbord: Get a tour of the museum and enjoy a traditional Swedish meal featuring meatballs and gravy, boiled potatoes, a cheese plate, herring in wine sauce, pickled beets, fresh fruit, bread
basket, dessert, coffee and lemonade. RSVP two weeks ahead: 651.433.5053 / email@example.com / www. gammelgardenmuseum.org 11.02-11.03 Korv Swedish Sausage Making Class:
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Craft workshop: the charming Dala horse What says “Sweden” better than the Dala horse? Come make your own on Oct. 26, 1-5 p.m. in Minneapolis. During this Nordic Craft Workshop, celebrate one of Sweden’s favorite folk art symbols by making your own felt Dala horse. Hand sew a red or blue horse under the guidance of our instructor; students will use 100% wool felt, authentic Swedish patterned ribbons and trim, and wool fleece to stuff a one-of-a-kind Dala. It can be helpful to have some hand sewing experience for this project - or perhaps a helpful friend or grandparent! $15 materials fee + $55 ASI members / $65 non-members. American Swedish Institute, 612.871.4907 / www.asimn.org 11.08, 10 AM & 1 PM Girls & Dolls Tea Parties: Girls ages 6-96 are invited to a fancy tea party with your doll and stories, games, dances, crafts and music centered around historical information of the mid 1800s. $20/person, reservations required: 651.433.5053, Ga m m e l g a r d e n M u s e u m / w w w. gammelgardenmuseum.org Ongoing The attic stores immigration stories: Gammelgården’s Attic exhibit hosts a wide variety of items that are relevant to
telling the story of Swedish immigration and settlement. Many are on display in the Passage Room of the Välkommen Hus where they can be enjoyed and help tell the story of immigration. Gammelgarden Museum, 651.383.7351 / www.gammelgardenmuseum.org
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Denmark, Finland and around the world. Through January 2020 at The Corning Museum of Glass, 607.937.5371 / www. cmog.org New York 10.15, 6-9 PM From Day to Day, the Secret Diary of WWII: Hailed by The New Yorker as “among the most compelling documents to come out of the war,” Odd Nansen’s secret diary is a World War II concentration camp diary—one of only a handful ever translated into English—secretly written by Nansen, a Norwegian. After having been out of print for over 60 years, Timothy Boyce rescued the diary after reading the memoir of another Holocaust survivor, who at age 10 was saved by Nansen while both were prisoners in Sachsenhausen. Come hear Boyce discuss why Nansen was arrested, why he wrote the diary, and why it is as important today as it was when first written. Following the discussion, copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Scandinavia House, 212.847.9729 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www.scandinaviahouse.org 10.17, 6-9 PM Swedish Music on Park Avenue: Swedish pianist Per Tengstrand returns for the Music on Park Avenue concert series with a special
presentation of famous piano concerti performed with musicians from Princeton chamber music group, Opus 21. Tengstrand and Opus 21 musicians perform Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, Op. 47. Scandinavia House, 212.847.9729 / chelsea@amscan. org / www.scandinaviahouse.org 10.19, 1 PM Swede Hollow Book Talk: Swedish author Ola Larsmo joins us during his U.S. book tour to discuss his latest novel Swede Hollow, a riveting family saga immersed in the gritty side of Swedish immigrant life in America. Extensively researched and beautifully written (and translated by Tiina Nunnally), Larsmo’s award winning novel portrays the Klar family leaving Sweden for New York in 1897. They take with them a terrible secret and a longing for a new life. Their dream of starting over is nearly crushed until an unexpected gift allows them to make one more desperate move, this time to the Midwest and a place on the edge of St. Paul, MN called Swede Hollow. Scandinavia House, 212.847.9729 / chelsea@amscan. org / www.scandinaviahouse.org 10.25, 6-9 PM Comedy from the North: See a screening of The Cake General / Tårtgeneralen, an outrageous, unconventional comedy set
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The Finnish Cause is Ours: Finnish War children in Sweden 2019 marks 80 years since the first of three wars fought by Finland to defend its territory. Located in a precarious geopolitical position, Finland fought against the Soviet Union in the 1939 Winter War (1939-1940) and the Continuation War (1941-1944). Finland defended itself again against Nazi Germany in the Lapland War (1944-1945). During these devastating war years, Finland’s government worked with individuals and organizations in neighboring Nordic countries to evacuate 70,000 Finnish children. Philadelphia’s American Swedish Historical Museum’s new exhibit explores the experiences of these children and their difficulties during transportation, moving to Sweden, and for some, returning to Finland. Through January 31. 215.389.1776 / email@example.com / www.americanswedish.org
in the 1980s about an eccentric villager who decides to put his sleepy hamlet on the map by assembling the world’s longest layer cake. Based on a true story. Directed by Filip Hammar and Fredrik Wikingsson (Sweden 2018), in Swedish with English subtitles. Scandinavia House, 212.847.9729 / www.scandinaviahouse.org 10.29, 6-9 PM Nordic film—The Birds: In this special premiere screening with a presentation by director Anders T. Andersen (Norway, 2019), ASF shares a new film based on the awardwinning novel by Tarjei Vesaas. The Birds tells the story of Mattis, a mentally disabled man who is cared for at a small lakeside cottage by his lonely older sister. When one day a lumberjack arrives and disrupts their routine and isolated existence, Mattis becomes increasingly fearful that he will
11.02, 4-6 PM Swedish Music on Park Avenue Swedish pianist Per Tengstrand presents a solo performance of “The Goldberg Variations” by Johann S. Bach, consisting of an aria with diverse variations for harpsichord with two manuals.. Scandinavia House, 212.847.9729 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www.scandinaviahouse.org
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Nordic Folk Group: The music of Fru Skagerrak (Lady Skagerrak) takes you on a journey through Scandinavia: from lowlands to mountains, from slow airs to lively polkas, in major and in minor, and everything in between. Maja Kjær Jacobsen ( Denmark), Elise Wessel Hildrum ( Norway) and Anna Lindblad ( Sweden) bring together the rich traditions of Swedish, Norwegian and Danish folk music played on fiddles and recorder. Nordia House, 503.977.0275 / www.nordicnorthwest.org 10.16, 5-7 PM Wine Wednesdays: The summer series that brought Oregon wines to your tastebuds continues! Sit on the patio and enjoy light refreshments and great regional wines with Nordic connections. 503.977.0275 / www.nordicnorthwest.org
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Join American cast members for a public screening of the season premiere of Season 9 of the Swedish Emmy winning series Allt för Sverige (The Great Swedish Adventure)! If you are in Duluth, Minnesota on Oct. 26 at 3-5 p.m., gather to watch Swedish Americans who return to their Swedish roots. Allt för Sverige participants learn information about their heritage by visiting some locations their ancestors lived. The cast members learn about the country’s culture, customs, food and quirks - and as the episodes in the season progress, cast members leave the show after losing challenges and therefore find out less about their ancestry. The last person there, the season’s winner, gets a family reunion with their relatives who live in Sweden. Cast members scheduled to attend this watch party include Duluth local Melissa Walls, Jennifer Buhrow (Chicago), Brittany Gulowaty (Winnipeg), Kaytie Hubis (San Diego), Dude Settergren (Florida) and Mats Thureson (Vermont). Following the viewing, join the cast for a panel discussion as they share behind-the-scenes photos from their Great Swedish Adventure! Nordic Center, 218-390-8426 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www.nordiccenterduluth.org Note: If you are interested in applying to be on the next season of this award winning show, check www.greatswedishadventure. com for more information!
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Ever wonder what made so many emigrate from Sweden in the nineteenth century? Judit Martin’s novel, “Augusta’s Daughter,” about 19th century Swedish peasant life made such an impression on us, we decided to offer it to the Nordstjernan readership. call 1.800.827.9333 for your own copy ($24.90 incl. S&H to continental U.S.).
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local events Cook & Eat—Holiday Cookies & Glögg: Guest chefs Barb Randall and Erika Lundquist lead the baking of traditional Christmas rosette cookies. Cookie preparation is followed by social time and chance to eat what you prepared with a glass of glögg. $25/members, $30/nonmembers. Nordia House, 503.977.0275 / www.nordicnorthwest.org
Pennsylvania Philadelphia 10.15, 10:30-11:30 AM Toddler Time: Learn about Swedish culture, hunt around the museum, and play games to build counting and language skills. $5/child or free/members, no charge for accompanying caregivers. American Swedish Historical Museum, 215.389.1776 / email@example.com / www. americanswedish.org 10.24, 5:30-8 PM Jenny Lind’s America: Soprano and harpist Zoe Vandermeer and New York pianist/ conductor Richard Nechamkin present a potpourri of songs and arias sung by Jenny Lind on her American Tour 1850-1852. Enjoy music composed for Miss Lind, a rousing 1850 vocal version of the Jenny Lind Polka, the Swedish Nightingale’s favorite opera arias and more. Reception at 5:30 followed by the concert at 6:30 p.m. Pre-registration is encouraged $25/ members, $30/non-members. American Swedish Historical Museum, 215.389.1776 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www. americanswedish.org 11.02, 8:30 AM- 3 PM New Sweden History Conference: This daylong conference explores the life and legacy of the New Sweden Colony (1638-1655). This year’s topic celebrates the 320th anniversary of Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) Church in Wilmington and the ways in which this church has kept Swedish heritage alive in Delaware. Speakers include experts in the church furniture and furnishings, early church graffiti, and its Swedish pastors. Following the conference, attendees have the option to meet at Holy Trinity for a behind-the-scenes tour of one of America’s oldest churches. Registration includes breakfast and lunch, American Swedish Historical Museum, 215.389.1776 / www.americanswedish.org
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Jazz with Nordic rhythms and atmospheres is coming to California, touring in the U.S. for the first time. Örjan Hulten Orion delivers that much-loved Scandinavian sensibility to modern jazz. Örjan Hultén, one of Sweden’s foremost saxophonists and improvisers joins Bay Area jazz group Garuda Blue, presenting original arrangements of famous jazz classics and lesser-known gems. Hear them at the following venues, contact them for times: Oct. 15: Sonoma Academy / email@example.com Oct. 17: Red Poppy Art House / firstname.lastname@example.org Oct. 18: Green Music Center, The Weill Hall, Sonoma / email@example.com Oct. 19: Frog song house, Sonoma / firstname.lastname@example.org Oct. 21: Pro Arts Gallery & Commons, Oakland / email@example.com filmmaker visits, and a happy hour. In partnership with Pacific Sámi Searvi. Tor Tuorda and his daughter and joiker Astrid Tuorda will attend the festival and participate in a discussion following the screening of the documentary, GÁLLOK. Nordic National Museum, 206.789.5707 / www.nordicmuseum.org
Washington, DC 10.17, 6:30-8 PM Swede Hollow Book Launch: Swedish author Ola Larsmo discusses his latest award winning novel Swede Hollow, a riveting family saga immersed in the gritty side of Swedish immigrant life in America in the early 20th century. Join us this evening for a moderated Q&A, interspersed with some readings from the book, followed by questions from the audience and book signing in collaboration with Bridge Street Books. House of Sweden, 202.536.1500 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Wisconsin Dodgeville 10.25 -10.27 Swedish Dance and Music Weekend: Fill your hearts and minds with the richness of Swedish traditions! This weekend is overflowing with fellowship, workshops, tasty Scandinavian meals, and dances late into the evening, fiddle and dance workshops throughout the day. Preregistration required; full- and part-time options from Friday evening through lunch on Sunday. Folklore Village, 608.924.4000 / email@example.com / www. folklorevillage.org
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Washington Seattle 10.17, 7-9 PM Edvard Grieg Society Concert: Norwegian pianist Oda Voltersvik performs works by Grieg, Sibelius, Scriabin, Chopin and Ginastera. This special concert is not to be missed by Grieg and piano lovers alike! Nordic National Museum, 206.789.5707 / www.nordicmuseum.org 10.26, 10 AM - 5 PM Sámi Film Festival: The second Sámi Film Festival explores Sámi values, visions and stories with a day of shorts and documentaries, panel discussions, OCTOBER 15, 2019 11
Fotografiska New York opens October 18 The franchised New York branch in the Flatiron District of Manhattan opens on Park Avenue South on October 18, 2019. The exhibition space opens with photography by Ellen von Unwerth, Tawny Chatmon, Adi Nes, Helene Schmitz, and a documentary partnership with TIME featuring the work of Anastasia Taylor-Lind. Following the initial lineup of shows, a retrospective exhibition by
iconic Swedish photographer Lars Tunbjörk will open November 21, 2019, titled Lars Tunbjörk - Askew. Fotografiska New York is the newest global outpost from the internationally renowned, Stockholm-based destination for photography. Careful renovations have been done in the unique six-story building, formerly known as the Church Mission House. Located at 281 Park Avenue South, the
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45,000 sq ft. historic landmark will be home to a multi-concept venue, featuring three floors of exhibition space, and a dining room, bar and cafe concept operated by the award-winning Starr Restaurants group and designed by Roman and Williams. A versatile event venue with vaulted ceilings and skylights will host programming for the Fotografiska member community as well as private hire. The Fotografiska museum opened in Stockholm in 2010 in the Ferdinand Boberg-designed old royal customs house at Stadsgården, the quay along Söder’s north with a view over Strömmen to Gamla Stan and Skeppsholmen. The Fotografiska concept is an interesting combination of museum, destination and event space with a strong presence in the digital realm and an ever-changing contemporary and exciting content. The Stockholm institution has in short order become a leading destination welcoming exhibits by some of the world’s most
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Attend the Lund University Graduate Fair On Thursday November 28, 4-6 PM in Lund, Sweden, we offer an excellent opportunity for you to come and learn more about our over 100 Master’s programs (and nine Bachelor’s) taught in English at Lund University. Meet with program coordinators and current students and take a campus tour!
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KULTUR SVERIGE Dear readers, I usually write about Swedish arts and culture in Sweden, but for this issue I want to instead tell you about a selection of different shows, films, books and artists from Sweden that are about to be presented in the U.S. A Swedish film to watch for this fall is “Britt-marie Was Here,” from the best-selling novel by Fredrik Backman, author of A Man Called Ove. Tuva Novotny has directed this warm-hearted comedy about Brittmarie, played with incredible sensibility and humor by Pernilla August. On the literary side I must mention another bestselling Swede, David Lagercrantz, who wrote the sequels to Stieg Larsson’s series about Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist. The Millennium books have now reached over 100 million readers all over the world. I met David Lagercrantz during his recent tour in the U.S. at a book talk of Politics and Prose in Washington, DC in conjunction with the release of “The Girl Who Lived Twice,” now climbing the bestseller lists. It’s a true page-turner that intertwines political scandals with advanced DNA technology, hacking, corruption and hate-spreading troll factories with mountain climbing. In a different genre, far away from Nordic noir, I would like to encourage all of you to get to know Linda Boström Knausgård, whose “Welcome to America” will soon be released in the U.S. She is also giving talks in Minneapolis, St. Paul, San Francisco, New York and Boston during October. Perhaps you recognize her last name. Yes, she is the ex-wife of the famous Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgård, who shared much of
his and their personal life with the world through his “My Struggle” series. Linda started her career as a poet, and her works have an absolute density and emotional clarity to them that I myself find magnetic. www. newyorker.com/books/flash-fiction/ wish Another book with incredibly beautiful imagery and language is Johannes Anyuru’s “They Will Drown in their Mother’s Tears” that will be released Nov. 5 in the U.S. It’s a unique, highly political, fascinating tale from the future. “[Anyuru] ... turns a novel about terrorism, time travel and alternative realities into something even stranger than those things: a philosophical meditation on hope,” wrote the San Francisco Chronicle. Do not miss it! I must mention Elisabeth Åsbrink’s “Made in Sweden”—a bold, philosophical, literary essay on Sweden. Her book reflects in a brilliant and intriguing way on our image of ourselves, as a country and as a people, as she describes both our bright and much darker sides.… Completing the self-imagery of us Swedes out in the world is Ola Larsmo’s amazing tale about the poor migrant Swedes who came to St. Paul, Minnesota, in his gripping novel “Swede Hollow.” Larsmo has been traveling and giving talks in the U.S., and readings of the play, written by Alexander Mørk Eidem (performed at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm a few years ago), may be showing up in local repertory theaters. Perhaps you have heard of the Unga Klara, Sweden’s national theatre institute for children and young people. Since it started in 1975
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with the creative force of Suzanne Osten, the group has been highly influential in children’s culture all over the world. They specialize in contemporary plays on the topics of identity, coming of age and empathy. Under current artistic directors Farnaz Arbabi and Gustaf Deinoff, and CEO Stefan Hansen, I am so excited they will return to the U.S. this fall, starting in Washington, DC as part of the Kids Euro Festival. They then go to Rob Melrose’s Alley theatre in Houston, Texas in November and finish their tour at New Victory Theatre on Broadway in December. www.ungaklara.se Skånes Dansteater is en route to Toronto and New York’s Fall for Dance Festival in October, with their unique duo Dare to Wreck, where one of the dancers performs in a wheelchair. www.nycitycenter.org/ pdps/FallforDance And just on the intersection of performing arts and visual arts is
Performa Biennial, one of the most important international art events in New York City. The Biennial, founded in 2004 by Rose Lee Goldberg will this year present a Pavilion Without Walls program with new commissioned works by the artists Ylva Snöfrid, Lap-see Lam, Eva Mag and Tarik Kiswanson. www. performa-arts.org/performa-19 Last but not least: Robyn, who received rave reviews after her spring tour and inspired hundreds of fans to sing “Dancing on my own” to each other in the New York subways after her concert at Madison Square Garden, is on her way back to the U.S. This time she will perform in Detroit, followed by Columbus, Austin and Irving, Texas. www.robyn.com/live Keep on dancing! Linda Zachrison Cultural Counselor, Embassy of Sweden
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Ingrid Bergman’s favorite holiday destination has recently broken with its Swedish coastal chalet tradition in the shape of Villa Pineus, a bold, multi faceted timber composition, that is home to Isaac Pineus and Andrew Duncanson of renowned Swedish design gallery, Modernity.
Amongst the black and white maritime cabins and terracotta and white coastal cottages of the 18th century fishing village of Fjällbacka – Ingrid Bergman’s favorite summer holiday destination – a rugged new architectural kid has emerged on the block of this rocky outcrop. However the bold, boxy timber-clad Villa Pineus is no weird interloper. In fact its chunky weathered silvery form sits seamlessly within this southwest Swedish archipelago, a five hour drive from Stockholm. Villa Pineus is the holiday home of Isaac Pineus and Andrew Duncanson and their young twin sons Marc and Tom. It’s a welcome haven from the family’s busy life in Stockholm, where the couple runs Modernity, a leading gallery in Stockholm dealing in 20th century design, particularly Scandinavian furniture, ceramics, glass, lighting and jewelry. Isaac himself is steeped in the Scandinavian design tradition, his mother owning a home accessories boutique in the 1970s and ’80s. And family tradition doesn’t stop there. Fjällbacka, with its population of 1000 (that swells to 5000 in the summer), has been a family retreat since the 1940s. “My grandparents bought the site in 1945,” explains Isaac. “The two houses next door belong to my parents and the other belonged to my grandparents. My sister and I inherited and shared my
grandparents home – we would use it at different times over the holidays – but then we thought it would be better to have another place so we could all be here as a family at the same time. This is how the idea of Villa Pineus began.” In the search for who would help Isaac and Andrew realize their vision, they looked no further than eminent Swedish architect Gert Wingårdh, who has, it turns out, a long association with the Pineus family. “My parents had been in touch with Gert Wingårdh in the 1980s and he designed a lovely little house for them, however it was never built. Since then Gert has designed lots of beautiful contemporary buildings, they are very clean and simple but always have a touch that brings them to life, and this is what we had in mind,” continues Isaac. “In Stockholm we live in a traditional flat from the 1890s with detailed cornicing and polished parquet wooden floors. But we thought it would be good to have a contrast. We wanted something contemporary, not a pastiche.” And Villa Pineus is ruggedly and unashamedly contemporary, arranged over three levels with a vertical central staircase block breaking up the public spaces to the left of the main entrance and private bedroom spaces as well as a sauna and shower room to the right. OCTOBER 15, 2019 15
“Andrew took over the color idea and we decided to have white in the main space and the stair in red. It reflects the red of our boathouse,” says Isaac
“We’re very down to earth designers,” explains Gert Wingårdh of his design for the timber framed, larch clad Villa Pineus, which very much takes its cue from the surrounding granite and grassy landscape. “The site slopes down to the south so the house follows this incline. There is also a small hill between the house and the sea view so we were eager to make sure the house was high enough to take in this view. We therefore created a roof terrace, which is hidden to the exterior, this enjoys the view to the west and the setting sun.” Directly below the roof terrace, the impressive 3.5-meters-high windows of the main living, dining and kitchen space which lead out to the terrace and garden, are shaded from the sun’s glare and Swedish “horizontal rain” by timber brise soleil (sun shades) a device also used on the bedroom “boxes” of spruce. “I am really pleased with the brise soleil details and the way the larch has weathered to look almost like concrete,” admits Gert Wingårdh. “And I love the gable of the north facade with horizontal strip window that echoes one of the elevations of the Sainte Marie de La Tourette convent in Lyon, France by Le Corbusier. This was unconscious, but I’m pleased with the association.” If the spirit of the great Modernist architect Le Corbusier is writ large in the exteriors, then the 16 NORDSTJERNAN
interiors feature a whole gallery of emblematic 20th century designers, which is hardly surprising considering the owners’ pedigree in Modernity, which Andrew established in 1998 after moving from Scotland to Sweden. As a result, a plethora of mid-20th century classic furniture pieces by the likes of Vico Magistratti, Enzo Mari and Gio Ponti are set against a subtle backdrop of white and cement walls in the living areas, locally sourced oak floors, and smooth cement work surfaces and built-in benches. Isaac admits, however, that there is no rarefied museum-like vibe despite all the classic furniture Top right: The roof terrace is hidden to the exterior. It was Gert Wingårdh’s idea to paint it blue to suggest the idea of sitting in a swimming pool looking out to the sea, but Isaac and Andrew have decided to keep the neutral natural larch timber finishes. || Right: Huge windows to the outdoors are uncommon in traditional saunas but avoid the claustrophobic nature of many saunas. The floor-to-ceiling window looks out to the surrounding landscape and the sea wall beyond it, both of which act as natural privacy screens. || Facing page: The surrounding rocky landscape played a role in the design of Villa Pineus. “The house is a wooden frame construction and the cladding is untreated larch. The accommodation boxes are spruce, using glulam construction. Basically all the windows are facing west toward the main views,” explains architect Gert Wingårdh.
“We chose the sink which is 100 cm deep, so much deeper than standard, as we were keen to have something chunky and functional.”
pieces and objects d’art. This is a living, breathing and frequently very lively family home. “It’s a great social house,” says Isaac, who alongside Andrew and the boys spend as many long weekends as possible at their country home (work permitting) as well as five weeks in summer and all other major holidays in the calendar. “An important part of the house is that it is boundary-less,” explains Isaac. “The front of the house opens out to the deck with these 3.5-metershigh ‘Alice in Wonderland’ doors. In the summer the doors are open all through the day and the kids can run in and out. And my sister and her kids can come and go as they please.” “In summer we can have as many as 40 people over for a sit down buffet. The roof terrace can accommodate everyone and the long kitchen island with black concrete worktop is ideal for displaying the food,” explains Isaac. “The worktops and cement finishes are easy to wipe clean as are the floors which can be scrubbed with soap, so the kids and visitors can come in with dirty shoes and it doesn’t matter.” Indeed it is the user-friendliness and no-frills rugged charm of Villa Pineus that appeals to Isaac and his family as much as its formal handsomeness. “It’s by no means a quaint house, like so many in the fishing village. It’s a break with the
tradition in the area but it really works. It has a very raw quality which echoes the rough landscape of the coast.” The formal layout of Villa Pineus also flows well, according to Isaac. “One aspect that works really well is the division of the public space from the private. To the left of the staircase is the living area, with the terrace above. And to the right of the main staircase is the master bedroom, bathroom and sauna as well as the kids’ bedrooms and guest rooms. A private entrance leads to the guest quarters and the bedroom ‘boxes’ allow guests to sit in the box terrace and have some private time.” “There is a sacred feel to the house, particularly in the main living area which although large, around 60 square meters, is a big quiet room without clutter, and feels so close to nature,” concludes Isaac. “I would say this is one of my favorite aspects of the house, in that it is so peaceful.” Facing page: Andrew chose the subdued and harmonious teal green color in the bedroom. The master bedroom is located above the boys’ bedrooms, which are on the main level with an additional guest room in the boathouse. The bed features linens from India. || Left: Oak floor was laid in wide planks of uneven widths by a local carpenter who cut down the trees on his own property and milled the boards. OCTOBER 15, 2019 19
Fjällbacka marina with the village in the background. Photo: Per Pixel Petersson/Imagebank.sweden
Fjällbacka, Bohuslän The actress Ingrid Bergman lived here when she spent time in Sweden. Swedish crime writer Camilla Läckberg grew up here and many of her books take place in or around Fjällbacka. The northern town in the Swedish province Bohuslän is mostly known as a summer tourist resort with a permanent population of under 1,000 that increases many times over during vacation times. Bohuslän is situated on the northernmost part of Sweden’s west coast, bordering Dalsland, Västergötland, the Skagerrak arm of the North Sea and the county of Østfold in Norway. The province is named after the Norwegian medieval fortress Båhus, located in Kungsälv. Båhuslen was a Norwegian province from around 1050 until the 1658 Treaty of Roskilde, when also Skåneland (Blekinge, Halland and Skåne) was transferred from Denmark to Sweden. The provincial flower is 20 NORDSTJERNAN
the European honeysuckle, the bird the Euroasian oystercatcher. A variety of the Götaland dialect of Swedish is spoken in Bohuslän, with some traces of Norwegian still to this day remaining in the dialect. Rocks from the Nordic Bronze Age (c. 1700-500 BC) show art depicting scenes from daily life and religious rituals, with many examples found in Bohuslän. The rock art at Tanum, possibly made earlier, c. 2,500 to 3,000 years ago, have been entered as a site in the UNESCO World heritage program. Rock carvings can be found scattered throughout Bohuslän. Parts of the city of Göteborg are situated in Bohuslän. The biggest town in Bohuslän is otherwise Uddevalla, with a population of 31,212. This western landscape dominated by over 3,000 islands and 5,000 skerries is increasingly fouled by washed up garbage: 8,000 cubic meters of rub-
bish wash up on the beaches of Bohuslän each year. In an attempt to create public awareness and support, a large group of politicians and civil servants from the 11 municipalities located along the Bohuslä coastline came together starting in 2017 to pick up trash. The Ren och Attraktiv Kust project helps tackle the overwhelming amount of garbage that washes along the coastline, which does not originate in Sweden, but rather is washed onto shores from the currents in the North Sea. Learn more about efforts to keep the Swedish coastline clean: (www. renkust.se)
Winning combination Explore your Swedish roots with master’s studies
balance that Sweden is famous for, Ilsa also thinks highly of Chalmers’ sustainability profile. “What Chalmers does to be sustainable goes above and beyond any place that I have ever previously been to. The whole school has solar panels. When you go to eat, you find out what your carbon emission footprint is. It’s exciting and I feel proud when I tell my friends back home about it.” According to Ilsa, the sustainability focus is one of the most life-changing things about studying at Chalmers. “It has really made me more aware of the impact I am having on this earth. And for that, I am eternally grateful.” Vedrana Sivac
Ilsa (second from left) with Emma Norden, Michael Sikora and Rebecca Gillie, instant friends from Minnesota, Kentucky and Ohio, and also rewarded with the US Friends of Chalmers Scholarship.
If you are adventurous, interested in the latest technology and would like to explore your Swedish roots, how about doing so in combination with your master’s degree studies? That’s exactly what Ilsa Juhlin from Seattle did, thanks to a scholarship for U.S. citizens that led her to Chalmers University of Technology on the west coast of Sweden.
rowing up in an American Swedish household in Seattle, Ilsa would always celebrate Christmas “the Swedish way.” She says, “My dad is originally from Sweden. That meant we would always get our presents on Christmas Eve and have sill and Jansson for Christmas dinner. On our birthdays, we sing the Swedish birthday song.” Ilsa finished her undergraduate studies in mechanical engineering at the University of Washington. Shortly after graduation she worked on developing biomechanical helmets for the National Football League. “After a couple years in the industry, I realized that I missed learning. I wanted to focus on my specific interests in engineering.” So she started thinking about studying abroad but didn’t want to choose the same path as her sister who had already moved to Gothenburg, Sweden to study bio- and nanotechnology at Chalmers University. “At first, I was thinking of going to Germany. But then my sister said, ‘Well, you know Chalmers is one of the best schools in Europe. You should consider applying there too.’” The program in biomedical engineering at Chalm-
ers was the one that piqued her interest the most. “I love the intersection between sports and medicine and wanted to explore it further. When we read about new medical innovations at school in Seattle, everything seemed to have been developed in Sweden. I knew it was a great place for innovation and that Chalmers would provide a lot of opportunities, both academically and industrially.” Ilsa found and applied to the U.S. Friends of Chalmers scholarship, a scholarship only awarded to American citizens, that covers the full tuition fee for the two years of master’s studies at Chalmers. She was taken by surprise when she found out she was one of the students to receive it. “I didn’t dare get my hopes up when I applied, but I was so excited when I found out that I would get to go to Chalmers.” On Memorial Day weekend, she got to meet the other U.S. Friends scholars at an awards ceremony in Seattle. “I immediately made new friends, from Kentucky and Minnesota, that made me feel comfortable with my new surroundings when I got to Sweden. To have that companionship right off the bat felt really nice.” It was easy to find Swedish friends as she explored her roots in the new country, too. “Swedish people are excellent at English. They don’t even have an accent. But what really surprised me is how welcoming and friendly they were. I get asked to go for a fika or study dates all the time.” Other than enjoying her classes and the work-life
Ilsa watching a soccer game with her sister Annika, cheering on their favorite team IFK Göteborg.
U.S. Friends of Chalmers Scholarship Chalmers University of Technology was founded in 1829 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The university focuses on research and education in technology, natural science, architecture, maritime sciences and other management areas. All master’s programs are taught in English. In 2020, two scholarships that cover all the tuition fees for master’s studies at Chalmers University of Technology will be awarded to citizens of the United States of America. The selection is based on an applicant’s relative academic excellence, which primarily includes weighted average grades but also home university status (including a position on global ranking lists) and priority order of the application for Chalmers master’s programs. Application dates: October 15- January 15. Read more here: www.chalmers.se/scholarships OCTOBER 15, 2019 21
the next big Swedish export?
The four Idunn wines now available through the Systembolaget (/p26): Rålund Classic, Rålund Exclusive, Bergskär Rosé and the Rålund Norrsken.
t Idunn Norsjö Wine & Co in the tiny village of Norsjö in Västerbotten, Rålund and Bergskär wine are developing in three fermentation tanks. Rålund is made from blueberries and Bergskär from lingonberries. A sample of raspberry wine awaits bottling. Yes, you read correctly. This wine is produced with Swedish berries. The wines are new products that may well put Norrland in Sweden’s north on the map for food and drink enthusiasts. Many older Swedes can probably tell stories about how they used to made window or solar wine. It was fermented black currants or blueberries which were crushed and put in water. Every day, a little sugar was added, all the way into December. The wine would be ready in time for Lucia. The window wine was fermented by sunlight to speed up the process whereby the berry's natural yeast helped turn sugar into alcohol. The process was difficult to control, however, and the finished
sun wine received varied sweetness and acidity. It was with solar wine in mind that Li Holberg and Lars Normark started to think about whether it wouldn’t be possible to make blueberry wine. In the fall of 2012, a year with record numbers of blueberries, Lars prepared the first batch of blueberry wine in the laundry room at his home in the village of Rålund outside Svansele, Västerbotten. The experiment turned out well; all their taste-testing friends and acquaintances were enthusiastic about the taste.
In 2013, it was time to present the wine to sommeliers and wine connoisseurs. From them, Li and Lars received confirmation that they had produced a brand new wine with development potential. They invested in learning as much as they could about wine production, both in the Nordic countries and in Italy, and Lars worked on getting a degree in oenology.
In 2017 in Norsjö, northwest of Skellefteå, they found a location that suited the business, and Idunn Norsjö Wine & Co was founded. Li and Lars installed their filtration and bottling machines as well as the large steel tanks where 350 gallons of wine can ferment simultaneously. The building once housed a jam factory, and it was easy to maintain a consistent temperature all
Blueberry wine in New York
Idunn Norsjö Wine & Co will be in New York with 16 other companies from northern Sweden between November 18-23 under the umbrella Arctic Design of Sweden. Partnering with Gateway, The Swedish American Chamber of Commerce NY, a showroom will be set up at the Gateway offices in Midtown Manhattan. Other than wine you’ll find Sami art and design but also Sigr bicycle clothing, Vemödalen Boots, Akenberg sunglasses, Hikki wood-fired outdoor spas and much more from the north. OCTOBER 15, 2019 23
Blueberries: the difference between cultivated (left) and wild blueberries.
Facts about blueberry wine
Homemade blueberry wine is made by pouring boiling water over the purified berries to remove bacteria and yeast fungi. Then you add sugar syrup and wine yeast at regular intervals. Not only is Idunn Norsjö Wine & Co producing blueberry wine in Sweden, but their products are also on Systembolaget’s list. There is farm production at several locations in the country and a few other companies are in the process of starting production. Since alcoholic beverages must be sold in Sweden through Systembolaget, you cannot buy blueberry wine on the farms. Most farms still have a relatively small production and therefore do not qualify for Systembolaget’s list. If, on the other hand, you want a low-alcohol blueberry drink, there are different varieties to buy in farm stores around the country and in more exclusive grocery stores. In the Systembolaget’s assortment, for example, Saxhytttegubbens Blåbär is 100% from Saxhytte Gård three hours west of Stockholm, with 0.1% alcohol. year round in the basement. New for this year is also an air conditioner that ensures the wine has optimal conditions during fermentation. Both bottling and labeling are done by hand on the company's premises. The bottles are purchased from Italy, as there is still no Swedish glassworks that can supply the quantity and quality that Idunn Norsjö Wine & Co is demanding. The label designs were created by Skellefteå artist Staffan Lidman.
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Lars and Li contacted a Canadian wine expert who had experience in producing wine with Canadian blueberries. Alexandra, a master of viticulture, a sommelier and pharmacologist, confirmed what Li and Lars thought: that the Nordic blueberries hold a particular quality suitable for wine production. The Swedish berries are small and thus the amount of peel in each batch becomes large. And it is in the skin that the tannins sit; the tannins are what give the wine its characteristic vigor. In December 2018, the first three wines were 24 NORDSTJERNAN
Blueberries grow wild in forests and on mountain slopes in the provinces of Norrland (covered in Issue 13).
ready for sale, Rålund Classic, Rålund Exclusive and Rålund Norrsken. Classic has a youthful taste with berry tones. Exclusive has the taste of berries, plums and minerals—it was stored with oak wood chips. Norrsken “Northern Lights” is a spicy aperitif or dessert wine.
the Nordic berry skins are included throughout the process when making blueberry wine. The wine is filtered only before bottling. Blueberry wines can definitely win on storage but are tasty right after fermentation and bottling, unlike most wines from grapes.
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Unlike grapes, lingonberries and blueberries grow naturally in the forest. Grapes must be grown, that is, watered, fertilized and sprayed. The berries that the winery in Norsjö uses grow on so-called organic land, where the forest has not been harvested in five years. "The fact that the berry grows wild means the impact on the environment from the total production chain is clearly less compared to traditional wine production of grapes. And we are proud to refine the raw materials available at this location,” says Li. Another great advantage of making blueberry wine is that it works well to use frozen berries. That way, they can keep production running in all seasons, unlike winemakers using grapes: “Their production is usually only up and running a few weeks a year. We can produce wine all year round, and we become less sensitive to when nature gives bad harvests,” says Lars.
During the fermentation process, acid, alcohol and sugar levels are continuously measured and analyzed in the certified laboratory. Through collaboration with Alexandra, Li and Lars have refined the process and learned about how the berries react in different temperatures. The taste is best developed in a natural fermentation process, not unlike that of the old solar wine. Unlike traditional wine production from grapes, where the skins are removed before fermentation,
Li and Lars are in the process of creating new wines. In May 2019, just before the Swedish rosé drinking season, the company launched Bergskär, a dry lingonberry rosé. "The lingonberry rosé wine received many favorable reviews. Systembolaget wanted to buy the whole production at once, but we chose to put the wine among the order items so that interested buyers across the country can get hold of it,” says Li. This autumn, another blueberry wine is being launched—Rålund Superior, stored on oak barrels in order to get a really full and complex taste. Only 500 bottles are made of this particular wine, and you can only get one bottle via advance reservation. The next exciting wine will be Rålund Drottningvin, a blend of blueberry wine and self-produced raspberry wine. The first batch of raspberry wine was completed in June 2019, so now it remains to get the right mix. Drottningvinet, “the Queen’s Wine,” is expected to be ready for sale in the fall of 2020.
In addition to practical experience, Li and Lars are constantly gathering new knowledge. This spring, Li began working with a mentor through the Royal Forest and Agricultural Academy, KSLA. The academy has a mentoring program for people who work in various fields of forestry and farming, and Li’s mentor specializes in environment and quality.
The capacity of the winery has also increased. Three new tanks were recently installed, and together with the 2,650 gallons (10,000 liters) produced so far, another 5,300 gallons of wine will bring the annual production close to 8,000 gallons.
Sole Swedish distributor Systembolaget chose to sell Rålund Exclusive in its 15 premium stores around the country. Li and Lars take it
as confirmation that the wine they produce is of really high quality. At the Royal Academy of Forestry and Agricultural Academy's rally in January 2019, Rålund Exclusive was served during the dinner for 640 people in Stockholm City Hall. As of this summer, wines from Rålund are on the wine list at several restaurants in Skellefteå, at Stockholm City Hall and the classic restaurant Sturehof.
"The next goal is for our wine to be included on the Nobel Dinner. We are working toward making world class wine that will eventually become known outside Sweden's borders,” says Li. Text by Gunilla Blixt Photo by Bo Blixt
Blueberry vintners Li Holberg and Lars Normark photographed in front of wine fermentation tanks at Idunn.
colloquially known as systemet (“the system”) or bolaget (“the company”), is a government-owned chain of liquor stores in Sweden. It is the only retail store allowed to sell alcoholic beverages containing more than 3.5% alcohol by volume. The company’s Responsibility report states it “exists for one reason: To minimize alcohol-related problems by selling alcohol in a responsible way, without profit motive.” Thus, Systembolaget makes regular ads focused on the negative side effects of drinking, and the encouragement of drinking moderately. Serving a market of 10 million Swedes, Systembolaget is one of the world’s largest buyers of wine and spirits from producers around the world. The company size allows it to offer many great wines at lower prices than elsewhere in the world. For more info, see www.systembolaget.se OCTOBER 15, 2019 25
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Celebrating 30 years of Swedishness
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Following the nationwide celebration in 1988 of the 350th anniversary of the first Swedish settlement in America along the Delaware River (1638 to 1655), the local Oregon ‘88 national organizing committee decided to found a new Swedish organization—and started to meet the following spring to organize the New Sweden Cultural Heritage Society of Oregon and Southwest Washington. It was felt that an alternative to the existing Swedish lodges was needed; the emphasis would be specifically on celebrating Swedish holidays and culture. The first public meeting was a gathering of charter members in October of 1989 at the Nobel Hall in Portland. The organizational structure, goals and objectives were then presented to the large crowd of eager members. During the early years, there were monthly meetings with different Swedish cultural topics. We often met at the Hollywood Senior Center, occasionally inviting other Swedish organizations to our events. For many of the outdoor activities, the Fogelbo grounds provided equal space for our summer events. Our signature public events were the Lucia program, the Crayfish Party, Spring Swedish Cafe and Garage and Antique Sale, and traditional Swedish Midsummer celebrations. Our new organization sponsored and hosted many performing groups from Sweden. The New Sweden Society was also instrumental in organizing the Swedish Saturday School, Trollbacken Swedish Language Camp for children, and Swed-
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ish Roots in Oregon. The society’s first anniversary celebration was a gala event at which the Consul General of Sweden, Mr. Peter Hammarström, and ranking diplomats from the Swedish Embassy in Washington, DC were in attendance. Now, in September 2019 the organization celebrated 30 years of operation with 50 members of New Sweden Society. It was a very successful event, despite occasional rain. Everyone enjoyed the music, traditional food and each other’s company. The menu from caterer Susanne Klein included bacon-wrapped marinated shrimp, a cheeseboard with seeded Swedish cracker bread, fresh and pickled vegetables, pickled herring, smoked salmon with creamy dill sauce, prune stuffed pork loin, grilled chicken, potato salad with dill, roasted beet salad, summer fruit salad with berries and Schwarzwald cake. Leif Rosqvist
New Sweden 88, the celebration of the 350th anniversary of the establishment of a Swedish colony along the lower reaches of the Delaware River in America. The colony lasted from 1638 to 1655, established during the Thirty Years’ War when Sweden was a great military power.
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food and culture
Swedish apple cake
An easy and moist cake baked with a hint of cardamom and topped with caramelized apples. The perfect fall fika treat, by Kristi Bissell.
The fact that it is time to bake with apples again brings me great joy. We’ve made some wonderful treats over the summer with berries, rhubarb and peaches, but there is something so homey and cozy about apple desserts, cake in particular. There are many, MANY delicious recipes for apple cake out there in the world, but today we focus on Swedish Apple Cake. Nearly all the recipes I found for Swedish Apple Cake were comprised of a very basic cake (which may or may not include cardamom) topped with circles of cinnamon and sugar-coated apple wedges. I tried a few of these and they were good, but I wanted to take the apple topping to the next level. I LOVE caramelized apples so I figured why not cook the apples on the stove in butter, brown sugar and cinnamon before they go on top of the cake? That way they would have a chance to get golden and caramel-y, something that wasn’t happening when they went into the oven raw. This worked to some extent. I had delicious, caramelized apples to put on top of my cake, but the first time I went to bake it, the center of the cake collapsed. Definitely not what I was going for. I retooled the batter slightly and dialed back the amount of apples I was using. Much better! Now I had a sturdy, moist cake that was capable of holding the apples aloft as it baked. I was almost ready to declare the recipe ready to go when out of the corner of my eye I spotted the leftover apple/butter/brown sugar mixture in the pan. What if I made a quick syrup out of this deliciousness to brush over the cake when it came out of the oven? This was the best version yet, and the syrup gave an attractive sheen to the apples making the cake even more eye-catching than it was before.
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Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes Yield: one 9-inch cake Ingredients: for the apple topping: 3 medium Granny Smith apples (about 1 pound), peeled, cored and cut into ½-inch wedges 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed 1 teaspoon cinnamon
for the cake: 1 cup all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon fine salt 1/2 teaspoon cardamom seeds, crushed in a mortar and pestle or spice grinder 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed 2 large eggs 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled 1/4 cup sour cream 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9-inch springform pan. 2. For the apple topping: Heat butter in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add apple wedges and sauté until lightly caramelized, about 5-8 minutes. Add brown sugar and cinnamon and continue to cook, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves and apples are evenly coated, about 1 more minute. Remove apples from the heat and set aside. 3. For the cake: Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and cardamom in a medium bowl and set aside. Whisk together sugars and eggs in a large bowl until fully combined. Slowly add melted butter to sugar and egg mixture, and continue whisking until uniform in texture. Add sour cream and vanilla and whisk until fully combined. Add flour mixture and whisk until batter just comes together. 4. Scrape batter into prepared pan and even out the top with a small offset spatula. Arrange apples over the top of the batter in two concentric circles without overlapping. Reserve the butter and sugar mixture that remains in the skillet. 5. Transfer cake to the oven and bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs attached, about 40-50 minutes. 6. Add a couple teaspoons of water to the skillet along with the reserved butter and sugar mixture leftover from the apple topping. Cook over medium heat until warm and syrupy in texture, about 1-2 minutes. Brush syrup over the top of the cake, particularly the apples. Cool cake for at least 20 minutes on a wire rack and serve. Kristi Bissell (Adapted from The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook and Fika by Anna Brones and Johanna Kindvall)
Tips for apple cake success
• Use a sturdy apple such as the Granny Smith. Because we are sautéing the apples slices before they go on top of the cake, it’s important to choose an apple that can withstand a bit of cooking without falling apart or turning to mush. Granny Smiths will do just that. • Take the time to grind your own cardamom. I say this a lot but it really makes a big difference in the flavor of your baked goods. It’s worth the extra five minutes to get the seeds out of the pods and crush them yourself. • Don’t overmix the batter once you add the flour. Vigorously mixing a cake batter after the flour is
added activates the gluten and can cause your cake to be tough in texture. Mix until the flour is JUST incorporated, no longer. • Create your circles of apples so the slices lightly touch one another rather than overlap. This should give you just the right amount of apples to fill the space of the cake with two circles of slices. Save the smaller apple slices for the center circle and leave the very center of the cake empty. • Don’t skip the step of making the quick syrup and brushing the top of the cake after it has baked. This step really takes this cake from good to great and gives it a gorgeous shine at the end.
A delicious recipe for an apple cake by subscriber/ contributor Kristi Bissell, whose True North Kitchen blog offers a sampling of recipes with a true Nordic feel. Kristi grew up in Minnesota in a family that took great pride in its Scandinavian ancestry. Lingonberries, pickled herring, lefse, Swedish pancakes, rice pudding and lutefisk were just a few of the Nordic foods that found their way onto the table, particularly during the holiday season. “As a child, my appreciation for many of these delicacies was less than enthusiastic. I wouldn’t have touched lutefisk with a 10-foot pole and could even be found on Christmas morning pouring maple syrup on my Swedish pancakes rather than the traditional sugared lingonberries. Any hope of me carrying these precious ancestral recipes forward seemed slim indeed.” But things changed. During a tumultuous time in her life, Kristi found comfort in the idea of connecting with her ancestors, of spending time in the kitchen mindfully preparing something her Swedish great-grandmother used to make. “I ended up going to culinary school which ignited a passion for Nordic cooking and baking. I read every book I could find on the subject and started buying rye flour, filmjölk and frozen lingonberries on a regular basis. I am no expert on the topic to be sure, but I am enjoying the delicious journey of discovering my roots.” And so do we enjoy our journey through her many Nordic inspired recipes! Try it yourself at www.true-north-kitchen.com, and given the season, why not start with her apple cake here. OCTOBER 15, 2019 29
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Crime writer Camilla Läckberg’s (of Fjällbacka, Bohuslän /p20) books have been translated into at least 40 languages in over 60 countries. Läckberg has so far published 10 crime novels, several short stories, two cookbooks and six children’s books with a total of over 22 million copies sold. Her debut novel from 2003, The Ice Princess, has sold over 4 million copies. As many as 30 Swedish crime writers have found an international audience so far, and since 1971 there’s a Swedish Crime Writer’s Academy, presently with 24 members.
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For more info, see www.camillalackberg.se and www.deckarakademin.se Rags to riches ... to rags. One of the classic stories of rags to riches to rags is the career of the Swedish immigrant Erik Olof Lindblom, who moved with his family to America in 1886. While in California, the news of a potential gold rush in Alaska captured Lindblom’s attention. After making a spectacular strike at Anvil Creek with two partners, Lindblom returned to the Bay Area in 1899 a very wealthy man. However, by the time of his death in 1928, after bank failures in Seattle and San Francisco, most of his fortune was gone. A memorable monument to Lindblom is the beautiful and picturesque Claremont Hotel in Berkeley. The building, pictured above, was begun in 1906 with Lindblom as a prime stockholder. By 1914, he became the major force in its completion and the sole owner by 1918. Finding your way on water. A Sweden-based software company is not only making local waters accessible but waters across the world are also easier to navigate. True Heading, a software developer and leader in navigation software and using realtime Automatic Information System data, has created Seapilot, a real-time navigation app for both Android and Apple devices that makes the sometimes confusing task of plotting a course as simple as touching a screen. Primary purpose? To keep people safe and to make boating safe. (Nordstjernan 1802) For more info, see www.seapilot.com
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Swedish News Sweden “is prepared”
Sweden is well equipped for the economic downturn, according to Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson (s) who spoke during the parliamentary debate on the budget. “Government debt is the lowest since 1977; 300,000 more people are employed compared to 2014 and during the latest term, resources for the welfare state increased by SEK 35 billion,” she said. Some of the budget—more than 5 billion—is financed through increased taxes and reduced expenses; the government proposes tax cuts and spending increases of SEK 29.6 billion in its budget, the first to be negotiated by the Center and the Liberals. Most proposals have been presented before but a new feature is a targeted investment in vulnerable municipalities that together receive SEK 580 million. The single biggest reform is the elimination of the so-called värnskatt. The värnskatt tax is an extra state income tax introduced by the Social Democratic government in 1995, as part of the restoration of public finances after the financial crisis of 1990-1994. The tax was called värn (=defense) tax for its rule of defending the Swedish economy long term and only concerned people with incomes over SEK 703,000 (at the time equivalent to $90,000) per year.
Sweden in defense cooperation
Sweden is the newest member of the exclusive defense cooperation European Intervention Initiative, a joint military project between 13 European countries. It can, among other things, be used in connection with acts of terrorism and unrest at EU borders. “Overall, we are building more security in Europe,” says Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist. According to Hultqvist, the collaboration is about security policy information exchange such as threat analysis and risk assessments, with the aim of preventing possible threat imagery and crisis situations.
Spring destroyed Sweden’s apple harvest Unstable spring weather led to record poor harvests at apple orchards around the country this year. “Some cultivations have done well, but for others it is very bad,” Kirsten Jensen, county administrative board in Västra Götaland, told Swedish TV. The sun and summer heat came as early as April and the thirsty apple trees took up water. However, this was followed by cold winds and frosty nights, which was treacherous for some trees. Some orchards have no apples at all.
SD no longer single-question party
The Swedish Democrats are in the top three parties for confidence in nine of the 10 most important political issues, according to Novus’s latest data. SD is tops for confidence in the immigration issue as in many years before, but now it also ranks second in law and order as well as in retirement issues. In six other of the 10 most important questions, SD is third. According to Novus CEO Torbjörn Sjöström, this shows SD can no longer be seen as a single-question party but has broadened its voter confidence in all areas.
People in need will double
In a new report the Red Cross warns that the number of dislocated people in need may soon double: Today, around 108 million people need humanitarian help and by 2050, some 200 million people may need international help because of the changing climate. The Red Cross is proposing major efforts to prevent future disasters in countries that are at risk for climate-related disasters. With the right efforts now, the costs of emergency intervention can be cut by up to 90 percent, the aid organization believes.
No to new arrivals
One week after the municipality of Sölvesborg decided to defy the settlement law, it was joined by Bengtsfors in Dalsland, reports Swedish TV. “We have received so many in our small munici-
pality, so we think it is reasonable for refugees who come to Sweden to land elsewhere,” said Stig Bertilsson (M), chairman of the Bengtsfors municipal council. The Settlement Act (Bosättningslagen), which was introduced in 2016, gives the Migration Board the right to distribute new arrivals who have been granted residence permits between Sweden’s municipalities.
Warnings of the arms race
Over 100 former senior politicians, diplomats and military commanders in Europe expressed concern about the world’s nuclear weapons, asking the UN to pay attention to the increased risk of accidents and misjudgments due to the modernization of the world’s nuclear weapons. “The risk of a nuclear incident has not been this great since the Cuba Crisis,” writes former Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson (S), one of four Swedes who wrote on the appeal to the UN General Assembly, which began on September 17.
Ving customers safely home
The majority of the 1,554 Ving travelers whose flights were canceled when the Thomas Cook Group went bankrupt on September 23 flew home the following day. The Swedish charter company Ving, which is owned by Thomas Cook, first chose to cancel all outbound and return trips when notified of the bankruptcy.
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