A Word From the President

Gudrun Giddings

Hej Alla,
Hope you are enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend !! 
Team SACC-LA is finalizing everything for next weekend's huge Eliason Merit Award 2015 Show, where the fantastically talented artist Tove Lo will accept the prize as this year's recipient.  As most of you know, the VIP tickets are completely sold out but we still have a few Exclusive Award Show tickets left. Hurry up and get yours today as when we are sold out and per venue capacity we cannot guarantee your entrance to the Award Show. The Exclusive Award Tickets include the award ceremony with Tove Lo, an open bar with everything from wine and beer to specialty cocktails, appetizers catered by The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and of course mingle and superb entertainment during the entire evening, including the After Party with performances by Swedish stars, Erik Hassle and Elliphant. You can also bid and win a signed Star Wars poster or maybe you rather want Sylvester Stallone's signed boxing glove, as we always have some of the coolest silent auction items, make sure you start thinking of who you'd like to give the U2 signed guitar to this holiday. The event takes place at the beautiful and iconic The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel's pool area. Tropicana bar and balcony, complete with red carpet arrivals and press. Yes, it's going to be spectacular !!

Since it's Thanksgiving, we want to express and give thanks to some of the amazing companies and people making this event happen for all of us; VOLVO, TEN Music Group, DICE, NRG, Lab Art, Karen Bystedt, Nialaya, Daniel Wellington, Orrefors Kosta Boda, Swedish Church in LA, SWEA-LA, Layers & Co, Expert Dojo, RPB Studios and The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. We also want to thank the superb artists performing during the event: Elliphant, Erik Hassle, DJ Carli, DJ Tysper and DJ Xavier. More generous, fabulous and awesome sponsors and individuals to be shared in next week's Finally Friday, via all our social media and of course to be highlighted and enjoyed during the Award Show and After Party next Saturday.
“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest
- Og Mandino

          Happy Friday !!

          Gudrun Giddings
          President of SACC-LA


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Live at #Eliason2015 - Erik Hassle

Erik Hassle - No Words

"Famous not only for his unique hairstyle, but also for his unique sound, Erik is a singer within the pop/indie genre. With his extraordinary voice, he musically debuted in 2009 and had his breakthrough the year after with “Hurtful”. The single became a true radio hit, and was released in several countries worldwide. For this, Erik was greatly awarded; he received both the P3 Gold and the Grammis awards for â€Newcomer of the year”.

Most recently, he released two tracks: “Ready For You” and “Pathetic”, which are both featured on his EP “Somebody’s Party” (2014). Other hits by Erik are “Standing Where You Left Me” and “Talk About It”.

Over the years, Erik has released four albums, three EP:s and multiple singles. He is currently based in Los Angeles working on new material, coming out later this year."  - TEN Music Group


Find out more about Erik Hassle here.

Live at #Eliason2015 - Elliphant

Elliphant - Love Me Badder

"With nothing but a dubstep sound system for company, Ellinor Olovsdotter once travelled the UK where she slowly morphed into becoming Elliphant. She ended up mixing her own musical influences with the typical London-sound, and so her own musical style was formed. Her unique life experiences (like living on the streets of India) have come to influence and inspire the powerful and unique sound of hers.

The now Stockholm-based “wild-child” is praised for her rhythmic and futuristic sound. She has worked with various DJ:s and artists like Skrillex and Adam Kanyama. Last year, in 2014, she released her third album “One More”, including the hit single “Revolusion”. She has previously been nominated at the Swedish P3 Gold Awards." - TEN Music Group


Visit Elliphant's official website!

Flashback Friday

Get inspired for next Saturday's EMA 2015 by watching the video from when the spectacular Steve Angello won the Eliason Merit Award 2013!

Click on the image to play the EMA 2013 aftermovie

Volvo's XC90 is the SUV of the Year

Photo Credit: David Jakobsson

As 2015 is almost coming to its end, Volvo is up for phenomenal success on the American market. They are estimated to sell over 70,000 vehicles by the year's end, and will are estimated to sell over 100,000 vehicles by 2017. The great accomplishments and opportunism in sales on the American market for Volvo is due to constant request of the Volvo XC90, which was named "The SUV of the year" by American magazine Motor Trend:

"Something so simple as a key shouldn't even be worth mentioning, but the Volvo's transponder makes a stunning first impression while also providing a perfect preview of the SUV itself. The Volvo XC90 is functional, elegant, and above all different. This is an entirely new vehicle from a car company that has taken a step back and reinvented both itself and the luxury three-row SUV."


To find out more about the XC90, visit Volvo's website.

Stockholm Film Festival 2015

Photo Credit: Emmanuel Castro Skött

Since 1990 the Stockholm Film Festival has handed out awards to both domestic and international movies. This year’s edition ended earlier this week, and among the winners we find Joachim Trier for his â€Louder Than Bombs” as well as Jonas Carpignano with his work on "Mediterranea".


For more information about Stockholm Film Festival, click here.

Ten Reasons Sweden is the Best Winter Country

Henrik Trygg/

While some countries may never even experience a flake of snow during winter, Sweden is covered in it. That brings endless opportunities: one can go ice-hole swimming, dog sledding, try out the traditional Swedish â€Glögg”, see reindeers, go snowmobiling, skiing, and much more! Sweden is absolutely beautiful during wintertime and offers you a unique set of culture and events! If you’ve never been to Sweden during wintertime, we recommend you to book your tickets to have a magical experience! 

Click here to read more about winter in Sweden! 

Tove Lo Performing "Moments" on James Cordon

Tove Lo: Moments

Tove Lo is the name on everyone’s lips right now! We recently saw her at the American Music Awards and just a couple of days ago she performed her hit song ”Moments” on James Cordon’s Late Late night show (click image to watch her performance)!

And as you know by now, next Saturday, December 5th, SACC-LA is hosting the Eliason Merit Awards. And we’re so excited to welcome Tove as this year’s award recipient! We still have some tickets left, follow this link to get yours today! 

SWEA's Annual Christmas Fair

SWEA's annual Christmas fair is a Swedish classic when it comes to celebrating the holidays for Swedes in Los Angeles. This year it’s taking place in Torrance on December 13th and will feature Lucia pageant, folk dancers, Swedish food, crafts, books, jewelry, toys, Jultomte and much more. SACC-LA will see you there!


Learn more about the event at SWEA's website!

SAS Black Friday Sale 

Photo Courtesy of SAS

Until November 30th you can book your next ticket between the United States and Scandinavia for very low prices. SAS is currently holding a Black Friday sale that includes low prices for routes between Scandinavia and destinations such as New York City, Chicago, Boston, and of course Los Angeles.


Book your next flight here!

Brian’s mission at Expert Dojo is to increase the success ratio for entrepreneurs in Los Angeles! 

What is the best advise you can give to entrepreneurs struggling to get started? 
“First of all, every single person in this world should be an entrepreneur! Most people aren’t, because they see the possibility of failure everywhere. If we can help reduce the fear of failure then more entrepreneurs will find the courage to start this great journey. You need to be incredibly prepared for the business that you want to start and it's very hard to do this alone. Life as an entrepreneur is like a rollercoaster and that has to be managed very carefully so that everyone makes it to the end of the ride."

Why is the success ratio so low for entrepreneurs?
"Very few entrepreneurs get the support and coaching they need when starting a business. For every 100 new companies that start in Los Angeles 98% of them will fail. This is happening because many of them don’t have the knowledge or tools they need for their first start-up.” 

As an entrepreneur you are offered great help at Expert Dojo in order to make sure that you truly succeed!

If I want to start a business, how can Expert Dojo help me succeed? 
“As much as athletes need a coach, so do entrepreneurs.  Our mission is to provide the coaching, branding, connections, tools and resources an entrepreneur needs to get their business idea off the ground.  At Expert Dojo entrepreneurs have access to all this and more. We have seminars, networking events and expert coaching in every area of business.  In Expert Dojo we do not only coach you, we also become a part of your journey.“

To learn more about the concept of Expert Dojo, please visit their website

Are you a talented professional seeking career opportunities in the entertainment capital of the world?


Please visit SACC-LA’s exciting career site to find a job that suits you!

Are you a high-demanding company looking for new brilliant colleagues to your organization?

Please contact SACC-LA to put a work placement ad on our career site!

Will You Join the Dark Side?

Alexander Skarsgård Sets Sail

Photo Courtesy of Google/Star Wars
Photo Courtesy of Funny or Die
Google and Star Wars urge you to awaken the force within you! You now have the ultimate choice ahead of you, will you join the light or the dark side? Choose carefully, because Google's platforms will know your decision and customize their user interface accordingly! 
Check out these hilarious sketches from "Funny or Die" featuring Swedish Alexander SkarsgÃ¥rd and his friend Jack McBrayer. Hoping to make a change, they set sail together with Greenpeace for the Arctics. 

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SACC-LA offers:

- Visibility through different marketing efforts
- Matchmaking opportunities
- Discounted deals for members
- Consulting service(s) and market research

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Looking for talented Swedish trainees to join your company?

As a Member of SACC-LA your company has access to students and recent graduates of Sweden's top Universities through our Trainee Program.

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SACC-LA is a non-profit organization that enables innovative and creative exchange in order to create business opportunities and enhance trade between Swedish and American companies.  The Los Angeles chamber is one of 20 regional chambers in the United States and was established in 1988.  With 25 years of experience SACC-LA is skilled in navigating this hotbed for entertainment, creativity and innovation.
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