A Word From the President

Gudrun Giddings


Hej Alla,

SACC-LA gives a warm LA welcome to Team Sweden that has now arrived to sunny California to compete in the Special Olympics World Games 2015.

And it’s an honor to also welcome Swedish Minister Gabriel Wikström to LA and the Special Olympics World Games, including all the wonderful Team Sweden supporters, Parasport Sweden and the Swedish Paralympic Committee.  

SACC-LA is looking forward to celebrate these talented athletes and everyone who have helped them on their way to the Special Olympics 2015, this Sunday July 26th at our official Team Sweden Kick-Off Party.

We also want to extend a huge gratitude to our extraordinary sponsors of the event, Expert DOJO, ETON, Embassy of Sweden, SWEA-LA, Swedish Institute, Sockerbit, Kitson, Cutie Booth, Rekorderlig, Barley Forge, SHOOPS, The Fat Dog, Bloomingdales, Film Festival Flix and Santa Monica Place.  Thank you to the volunteers and all the kind people that have helped us to be able to create this happy event.

I know and respect all of these sponsors and companies and you will be able to learn more about their services and how amazing they are through SACC-LA’s social media, including Finally Friday not just today but through out the months to come. I am touched that so many of you have offered to support Team Sweden, The Special Olympics and is also attending the celebration on Sunday. Much Appreciated !! 

 â€œThe two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”  - Mark Twain


          Heja Sverige !!

          Gudrun Giddings
          President of SACC-LA


Team Sweden Has Arrived to Los Angeles 

Photo Credit: Martin Nauclér


Team Sweden consists of 61 athletes and 32 coaches that will do everything in their power to win gold during the 2015 Special Olympics. The Swedish athletes will compete in bowling, soccer, athletics, golf, handball, judo, equestrian and swimming. Read more 

You can also read about Team Sweden and Special Olympics at 


Show your support by using the hashtag #hejaSpecial on social media. 


This Sunday, July 26th, SACC-LA will host a kick-off party for Team Sweden and the Special Olympics World Games 2015. SACC-LA would like to extend a big thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors for making this event come true!  

Impressive Line-Up at the Special Olympics Opening Ceremony

This Saturday, July 25th, we encourage everyone to attend or watch the Opening Ceremony for the Special Olympics, taking place live at the LA Memorial Coliseum. The Special Olympics is the biggest sports event in the world 2015, and they have many very exciting artists for the Opening Ceremony, with guest appearances from Michelle Obama, Stevie Wonder and Jimmy Kimmel. Click here in case you would like to purchase tickets to attend the actual Ceremony Live in Los Angeles. If you don’t not have the opportunity to attend the event in person, you can watch it live on Saturday at 6 pm Pacific Time via ESPN here

Opening Ceremony Athens 2011

Photo Credit: Simon Williams

Stevie Wonder

Photo Credit: Eamonn Mccabe/Redferns
via The Guardian

Jimmy Kimmel

Photo Credit: Randy Holmes/ABC

"Expert DOJO have the most progressive entrepreneur and small business success acadamy in the USA. If you have a small business, start up enterprise or are thinking of starting one then your options include access to multiple tools to grow your business, expert led training classes, open innovation classes, expert events, mastermind groups and the largest free peer to peer expert network in the country. This is the one stop resource for entrepreneurs looking to grow your business." 


Interested in meeting exciting new people, expand your business or perhaps learn another one? Then Expert Dojo is the place for you! We recommend you to check out their upcoming events. 

SACC-LA is proud to have them as Honorary Members. Down below you can read about two of their upcoming creative events. You can find more information by clicking on the links. 

Photo Credit: Expert Dojo

Start-up Event

What: The best start-up networking and business meet in town.

Why: This event will be fantastic whether you love watching start-ups achieve their dreams or just want to get a great networking experience. Expect 500 people to turn up at our beautiful location at the Victorian.

When:  Monday, August 24, 2015

Where: Victorian 2640 Main St

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Expert DOJO @ Social Media

Home Win at Swedish Open

Photo Credit: Adam Ihse/Getty Images via

The Swedish athletes just keep on impressing. We recently told you about the Swedish men’s Under-21 soccer team who won gold at the European Championships. And now we are happy to celebrate Johanna Larsson winning the Swedish Open in BÃ¥stad this past Sunday.


With a win over Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan in the semi-final,  Swedish tennis player Johanna Larsson, 26, advanced to her fourth WTA final where she managed to defeat German player Mona Barthel and enjoy her first WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) title on home court at this year’s Swedish Open in BÃ¥stad.  

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Scandinavian Kollektiv Summer Sale

"Scandinavian Kollektiv is a lifestyle boutique gathering and curating a collection of scandinavian designs. all pieces are made with high quality, handmade craftsmanship, old world-meets-modern aesthetic and innovative design."  Read more



Scandinavian Kollektiv hosted a fantastic evening this past Tuesday as they began their summer sale! Remember to visit their beautiful store and check out their sale that lasts until August 15th.

This family owned business is located in the heart of Santa Monica where they serve great food as well as provide a lot of Swedish imported delicacies such as pickled herring, licorice, Marabou chocolate and the traditional Nyponsoppa (delicious rose hip beverage) just to mention a few. 


"SHOOPS is a family owned and operated business. We have been a neighborhood establishment in Santa Monica for over 14 years. We started with an ideal to provide fresh, quality food and European grocery to those with a discerning palate.  Our focus is our neighborhood, striving to provide quality and service to the locals as well as those visiting our community. Many customers feel like coming to SHOOPS is like a good home cooked meal. People really feel at home here, and we love that! -  Read more


We are very grateful for having "SHOOPS - European Market and Cafe” as sponsors for the Team Sweden Special Olympics Kick Off Party this Sunday. Guests will be treated to and enjoy SHOOPS’ fabulous and exclusive appetizers during the event.

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"Bacon lovers, look out for Shoops Famous Bacon Pancakes. They also have a European imports market where you can find all the amazing candy they have in Europe that are so hard to find here, among other specialty items like sausages and cheeses."    -

Check them out on social media & be sure to stop by this lovely place in Santa Monica! 

SHUUPS @ Social Media

Welcome Our New Marketing Managers

Now that we have said goodbye to our previous team of Marketing Managers here att SACC-LA we would like to present our newcomers. First up is Astrid and Victor. Next week we will introduce you to Pontus And Sophie. 

Astrid Lindesvärd
(Finance & Accounting)

With her international background, huge interest in meeting new people, positive energy and proactivity Astrid hopes to contribute to the Swedish-American Chamber's future success and feel very eager to meet all the members during the up-and-coming events! To continue challenge herself, acquiring new knowledge, taking initiative and arranging social activities to excel as a person has constantly been her way of life. Astrid was born in London, thereafter moved to Stockholm, Germany; Frankfurt, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Singapore, Oslo and now most recently finished her MSc in Business and Economics at Lund’s University.

Being a sportsperson Astrid is very eager to continue challenge herself and is now looking forward to a new International experience in Los Angeles and to be heading finance and accounting for the Chamber during the Fall.

Victor Dansk
(Event Planning)

Victor was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden. After finishing secondary school, Victor worked as an accounting associate at PwC before applying to Uppsala University in order to pursue his bachelor’s degree within business administration. During his time at Uppsala University Victor has created many different events for the university’s business and economics’ association. 


Prior to his arrival in Los Angeles, Victor spent five months in Beijing, China, studying Mandarin Chinese. As event manager, Victor hopes to gain even more knowledge and experience when it comes to event planning in order create memorable events for the Chamber’s members.

Finally, Victor has the ambition to maintain current member relationships to the highest satisfactory level, as well as to create new relationships that will benefit both the Chamber and its members in the long run. 

A very warm welcome to Astrid and Victor!

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!

Stockholm City
Photo Credit: EA Sports

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FIFA 16 Features First Woman On Cover

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Not a member yet?
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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