A Word From the President

Gudrun Giddings

Hej Alla,

If you live or happen to be visiting LA, I am sure you’re experiencing the current heat wave this past week, it sure still feels like summer as we move into October.  

SACC-LA’s Young Professionals are hosting a nice and informative evening next week on Thursday October 6th at SACC-LA member Swedish’s Match’s new store on Abbot Kinney in Venice CA. The event is currently at capacity but we have started a wait list and hope to be able to accommodate as many as possible. 

In next week’s “Finally Friday”, we plan to inform you of even more up coming events and festivities.  It’s indeed a fun filled fall season full of entertainment from Sweden in Los Angeles. We also hope to announce our yearly Eliason Merit Award in the next few weeks and yes, this year will be even more spectacular then ever. 

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. “ –Anne Frank


      Happy Friday!
      Gudrun Giddings
      President of SACC-LA



SACC-LA's Young Professionals event
"I Love the U.S. - How Can I Stay?" on October 6

This event is now at capacity
If you would like to be added to our wait list please mail:

Studying, doing an internship or just travelling in LA? Wish you could stay in the U.S. forever? Please join us for an evening at the new Swedish Snus Store in Venice CA hosted by SACC-LA’s Young Professionals. SACC-LA members and immigration attorneys Carl Davidson and Michael Harris will share some of their valuable expertise and let you know how to turn LA into your home!
Complimentary welcome drinks and appetizers!

The event is FREE of charge but limited attendance.
All attendees must be 21 years. ID will be checked before entrance.

RSVP with name and age by October 3 to info@sacc-la.orgWelcome!

Celebrating 250 years of freedom of information

On a global basis, freedom of information can be regarded as an important cornerstone of the contemporary governance landscape. The Council of Europe’s Convention on Access to Official Documents (2009) defines FOI as the norm that “all official documents are in principle public and can be withheld subject only to the protection of other rights and legitimate interests.” 

In 1766, Sweden was the first country worldwide to introduce a law requiring freedom of information, marking the year of 2016 as the 250th anniversary. At the same time, the U.S. celebrates 50 years on the same matter. This will be celebrated on November 4th at the Southwestern Law School, who is hosting a conference in commemoration of the Swedish and American anniversaries. Several different speakers will be on stage during the day to discuss the past, the present and the future of freedom of information.

Read more about the conference here

LA Fashion Week ongoing right now!

Photo Credit: LAFW
LA Fashion Week® kicked off with a grand gala opening this past Wednesday at Hollywood Athletic Club and the fashion week is on currently their third day. LA Fashion Week® is an organization dedicated to raising the profile of fashion in the United States with focus on the Los Angeles fashion scene and specifically with Los Angeles as one of the most important cultural cities in the world. Visit their website to read about the designers, get updates and enjoy photos from the daily shows and festivities.

Are you a 'foodie'? Visit a food festival this Saturday!

Photo Credit: Taste of Italy

Taste of Italy

According to recent research - pasta is good for your health, and that is probably the best news of this year. Pasta! Pizza! Gelato! "Taste of Italy" is situated at IAMLA - Italian American Museum of Los Angeles and featuring award-winning restaurants and wineries in a spectacular setting. Go ahead - indulge in the heaven of carbohydrates.
Read more obout Taste of Italy here.
Photo Credit: Off the Hook Santa Monica Seafood Festival

Off the Hook Santa Monica Seafood Festival

Celebrate the treasures of the ocean! As you all know, the west coast offer the best seafood there is. Lobster, crab, clams, oysters, shrimps.. The deliciousness is a never ending story and October is actually "the national seafood month" in the U.S.! What's holding you back? The sea kingdom is awaiting.
Read more about the festival here.

Americans Try Swedish Candies For The First Time

Swedes has really got a "sweet tooth" - a regular Swede eats 14-17 kilos (30-37 pounds) candy every year! In this video you can watch Americans try out Tyrkisk Peber(salty licorice) and Ahlgrens Bilar (fruity flavored cars). Want to try Swedish candy? Visit our sponsors iKandi or Sockerbit to calm your cravings.
Video curtesy of Buzzfeed

SACC-LA member Church of Sweden Los Angeles 1st Annual Fundraiser at the home of Maria Montazami

Join Church of Sweden Los Angeles for an afternoon with great food, friends and music.
A silent auction will be held and the Church choir will perform. $59 per person, including Swedish buffet and 1 glass of wine/1 beer.

RSVP by October 7th to
All proceeds will go to Church of Sweden Los Angeles.

Photo Credit: Abedian & Totlian

Presenting Abedian & Totlian, An Accountancy Corporation

Meet one of our newest members Abedian & Totlian, a great contribution to our extensive network!
Abedian & Totlian, An Accountancy Corporation is a local CPA firm specializing in accounting, tax and business advisory services through start-up consulting, tax planning and business management solutions for small and midsize businesses. Their proactive tax planning meetings and projection reviews ensure that you are in compliance while also minimizing your tax liability. Abedian & Totlian offers business packages through back office support and mobile solutions tailored to your needs.  By assuming the role of your accounting department they enable you to seamlessly run your business from anywhere. 
With a blend of expertise, technology and care, Abedian & Totlian liberates you from the minutiae of back office management which allows you to focus on what truly matters—applying your creativity and entrepreneurial vision to the growth of your business.
Visit their site for more info!

Photo Credit: InterContinental Los Angeles

Free Yoga Classes in LA

Wind down, relax, take it easy. Listen to your body and take a deep breath. In this day and age it's more important than ever to take a break from the everyday rush and only focus on your own well-being. Throughout LA free and almost free yoga classes is offered. Find your place through this listNamaste
Photo Credit: Bill Curtsinger, Simpleandsplendid

Divers in Sweden sniff out 340-year-old shipwrecked cheese

Fancy a little bit of Gruyère, Roquefort or Chèvre paired with a dab of figue jam? A tasty combination indeed. What these divers found at the bottom of the ocean, together with gold coins and a diamond ring - was anything but pleasant smelling. Read about the old cheese here.



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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