A Word From the President

Gudrun Giddings

Hej Alla,
Happy 2016 !!

SACC-LA has already had a great start of this New Year and we hope you have as well.  
This year we’ll host and create even more fabulous events, expand our network and social media platforms to fulfill the requests by our many and fantastic members, partners and sponsors. As you noticed we are very proud to have an amazing Swedish and International network and we look forward to continue promoting the wonderful partnership between Sweden and the U.S. We have our first SACC-LA Board Meeting this year, next week and I hope to inform you more of some of our upcoming plans including festivities in next week’s Finally Friday.
And to recap our fantastic Eliason Merit Award show from December last year, we have a fun aftermovie from the event just below. Congratulations to the uber talented Tove Lo who was our Eliason Merit Award winner 2015 as she together with Max Martin, Ali Payami and Ilya Salmanzadeh is nominated for a Golden Globe at this Sunday’s Gala in Los Angeles. Thank you to everyone who made the Eliason Merit Award 2015 magical and to all the wonderful guests that attended. 
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.”  â€• Joseph Campbell

          Happy Friday !!

          Gudrun Giddings
          President of SACC-LA


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The Eliason Merit Award 2015 Aftermovie

Click here to watch the official aftermovie from Eliason Merit Award 2015!

Thank you for making the Eliason Merit Award 2015 our most successful event to date! To remember the incredible evening, have a look at the aftermovie created by the talented Daniel Bramme. 


Star Wars Battlefront Achieves Great Success

Image Courtesy of Dice

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently breaking box office records, but the movie is not the only success story. The game Star Wars Battlefront, developed by SACC-LA member DICE, has sold 12 million copies in its first two months. It's expected to exceed the initial projections of 13 million copies sold by March this year. Star Wars Battlefront was the third-best selling game in November 2015. 

Learn more about Star Wars Battlefront here

Scandinavian Film at the Sundance Film Festival

Photo Credit: Sundance

The Sundance Film Festival brings the most innovative storytellers together with the most exciting audiences for its yearly program of dramatic and documentary films, shorts, New Frontier films, installations, performances, panel discussions, and dynamic music events. This year we have our Scandinavian neighbor Denmark presenting two film premieres at the festival. The festival takes place January 21-31 in Park City, Utah.

For more info please visit their web page.

Congratulations to the Swedish Nominees at This Year's Golden Globe Awards

Foto Credit: TT

The new Swedish superstar Alicia Vikander has a big chance of taking home two Golden Globes this year. She is nominated for best supporting actress in Ex Machina and for best actress in the drama, The Danish Girl. Another Swedish nominee is our lovely Eliason Merit Award 2015 winner, Tove Lo, who is nominated together with Max Martin, Ali Payami and Ilya Salmanzadeh for best original music with the song "Love Me Like You Do", which was performed by Ellie Goulding and featured in the motion picture Fifty Shades of Grey. The Golden Globe Awards will be held on January 10th, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles with comedian Ricky Gervais as host of the gala. 

Intern and Study in Sweden

Photo Credit: Susanne Walström/

Are you a U.S. citizen and have always dreamed of a career in Sweden? Well here's your chance! SACC-USA recently announced a tuition-paid scholarship for studies in Sweden, combined with an internship in Sweden.

The International Business Strategy Master Programme is a one-year master program offered by Linneaus University in Kalmar, Sweden. The program is designed for students seeking management positions at companies working with international challenges. Instruction is in English. 

The training with AIF Management, will provide an introduction to the regulatory framework covering the European Asset Management industry. The intern will learn about the various EU directives such as the UCITS, AIF and MiFID directives and how those shape the organizational structure of the European asset management industry. The intern will also learn about Swedish entrepreneurship, European business administration and business development in northern Europe. In addition, the intern will work closely with the management team on AIFM’s market entry into the US. 


For more information about the announcement click here

Los Angeles in One Week!

Photo Credit: Shutterstock 

LA is surprisingly beautiful. Traveling to Los Angeles is truly an experience of a lifetime but make sure to do your homework in advance to find the most extraordinary attractions, sceneries and restaurants in Los Angeles. SACC-LA would like to send out best advice to our members by first noting that "No one walks in LA", the best way to see Los Angels is by renting your own car!


"A week and a car, and you can discover it all!" 


"Los Angeles sometimes gets a bad reputation - for being vacuous, for the traffic, for Disneyland. Over the past decade, however, the city has undergone some interesting changes, becoming less of a one-industry town and supporting burgeoning culinary arts scenes." – Scandinavian Traveler. 

The Griffith Observatory, the famous Hollywood sign, Venice Boardwalk and 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica are just a few of the many major attractions in LA. To read more about fantastic recommendations of what you should do once you are in Los Angeles, please click here.

Breathtaking view from The Griffith Observatory
Photo Credit: TT

Unique Swedish Music Group is Coming to the U.S!

Swedish Pop & Country artist Linda Lundqvist with unique music concepts is coming to Los Angeles 18-29th of February 2016. 

Linda Lundqvist is a Swedish Pop & Country artist, singer and guitarist and much more. She has spread happiness through music to her audience for over 20 years. Every summer Linda tours southern Sweden with her popular show ALLSÃ…NGSTÃ…GET. This year the band will entertain the U.S. The band will run the show "The Swedish Living Room" - a unique concept to market Sweden and Swedish brands through direct contact with the audience through songs and music.


To find out more about Linda Lundqvist please visit

SACC-LA member Globhe is a start-up with the major goal to unite global health actors to form innovative partnerships and solutions for improved global Health. Globhe is a global innovation network working united against global health emergencies. Globhe's goal is to reduce infectious disease outbreaks through increased cross-country and cross-sectoral collaboration. Their aim is to be a practical solution provider to the Global Health Security Agenda. 

Globhe is constantly engaging in various activities. In the fall of 2015, SACC-LA arranged a fantastic after work mingle with Globhe at the Mondrian Hotel. It was an incredible evening with unique networking opportunities for all of our guests. More information about Globhe and their upcoming event and events can be found by visiting their websiteToday Globhe are engaged in a large new project and would like to invite all members from SACC-LA to this event which will be held on January 27th in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Sahlgrenska Science Park and Globhe invite all SACC-LA members to become part of a global health security network of universities, hospitals, governments, institutions, NGOs, innovation hubs and private sector actors from USA, Sweden and Sub Saharan Africa. The initiative is linked to The Global Health Security Agenda, a global partnership that seek to accelerate progress toward a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats. Together we aim to share experiences, transfer knowledge, develop, grow, create new business opportunities and improve global health security. 

For more information and invitation to the launch event on January 27th, please follow this link.

Helena Samsoie, founder of Globhe expresses that "At GLOBHE we believe in the importance of connecting international and local experts, as well as to increasingly include “the next generation” of young changemakers and entrepreneurs, in the development.  We also believe in innovation, primarily in the sense of finding new innovative ways to utilize what’s already there."
More information about Globhe and their upcoming event and events can be found by visiting 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!

11 Great Places to Eat in Los Angeles

Successful Swedish Music Year!

Photo Courtesy of The Ace Hotel
Photo Courtesy of Fredrik Persson/TT 
We all know that most of the recommendations usually come from Yelp or word of mouth from friends and family, but today SACC-LA would like to inspire you to 11 great places to eat in Los Angeles! Click on this link to read about 11 fantastic culinary restaurants. 
2015 was an extraordinary year for great Swedish music! Rebecca & Fiona, Elias, Max Martin, Zara Larsson, Elliphant and thirteen more music artists have been recognized in 2015 anthems! To see all music videos and find out more, please follow by clicking here.

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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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