A Word From the President

Gudrun Giddings

Hej Alla,

Hope you are enjoying the first week of October and what a month full of top events! Yesterday evening we had our Young Professional event “I Love The U.S. - How Can I Stay?“ at our SACC-LA member Swedish Match’s fab new snus store on Abbot Kinney in Venice CA. The evening featured our well-known SACC-LA members and immigration attorney experts Carl Davidson and Michael Harris. We had delicious food from Olsons Deli, Swedish sweets by iKandi and enjoyed some refreshing drinks. Thank you to all of our young professionals that attended and to our members and sponsors that made this great evening happen! 

Next Saturday, its time for your very unique chance to enjoy an entire day and night of Swedish music, food and drinks and I am sure some spectacular performances at “Stockholm CA”. The concert takes place at the Shrine downtown LA, make sure to get your tickets today, you will find out how just below. SACC-LA long time and uber everything music professional board member Björn Barnekow is one of the founders of “Stockholm CA” and we at SACC-LA are proudly supporting the event, and we’ll of course be at the concert next Saturday. See you there! 

Make sure to save the date for our Gender Parity Summit “50/50 by 2020” taking place on Tuesday October 25th. The day conference will be held at the famous SAG-AFTRA building on Wilshire Blvd in LA and include superb speakers from around the world including Sweden, the country that is world leading on this topic of gender equality within entertainment. We’ll end the day with a VIP reception for our sponsors, partners, celeb speakers and guests, if you like to be part of and support this event, please contact us at This is of course an important issue and Hollywood are indeed taking notice as it’s a hot topic with many top executives including celebrities speaking up and already making positive changes. Invites will go out next week, make sure you RSVP quickly as we anticipate a well over capacity event due to the already overwhelming popularity! The event is free to attend and RSVP for the day conference is on a first come first serve basis, the VIP evening event is by invite only.  

“You become what you believe.”  – Oprah Winfrey


      Happy Friday!
      Gudrun Giddings
      President of SACC-LA



Tuesday October 25th, 2016


Thank you for attending our Young Professionals event: 
"I Love The U.S. - How Can I Stay?"

Immigration attorneys Carl Davidson and Michael Harris sharing their expertise
YP's Johanna Smeds and Maja Lindell
Thank you to all who attended our Young Professionals event "I Love The U.S. - How Can I Stay?" yesterday! The evening was held at the Swedish Snus Store with appetizers by Olsons Deli and Swedish candy by iKandi. Our sincerest thank you to our immigration attorneys Carl Davidson and Michael Harris, who answered all of our questions. Also, congratulations to the lucky winner of a one-year Young Professional membership, Jacob Källner

Want to join the Young Professional network?
Are you under 30 and currently based in LA - working or studying - please join our network and boost your future career meeting exciting companies, expand your personal network and partake in fun events.
Read more and become a member!
Swedish appetizers from Olsons Deli
Swedish candy from iKandi

The Swedish Snus Store
1413 Abbot Kinney
Venice, 90291

Photo Credits: Julia Widlund

"Stockholm CA" - Next Saturday!

"Stockholm CA" is coming up next weekend! Don't miss this amazing music festival featuring some of the best Swedish artists. We will be there, hope you will too!
Get your tickets here!

Last days to apply: SACC-LA intern application deadline October 12!

Go to the application

Free yoga in Los Angeles!

Being healthy, eating well and exercising is a significant phenomenon in the vibrant city of Los Angeles. One popular way of exercising is yoga and Los Angeles can be seen as an ultimate spot for doing your yoga circuit in the beautiful surroundings that the city has to offer. Here we present a guide to a couple of yoga classes where you have the opportunity to enjoy some great yoga for FREE or by donation.

Runyon Canyon Yoga

In the popular hiking area of Runyon Canyon, yoga classes are offered everyday at 10.30 in the grassy area by the entrance by Fuller Avenue. The classes are for free, but donations are welcome. Read more here or visit their FB-page for more detailed information.
Photo Credit: Runyon Canyon Yoga FB-page

Yogala Echo Park

At Yogala, located in the heart of Echo Park, they offer several classes a week where you come as you are and pay what you can. Read more about their yoga classes here.
Photo Credit: Tonya Alexis

Yogalution on Bluff Park

If you happen to be in Long Beach, Yogalution offers free yoga classes once a day, seven days a week. The classes take place on the greens of Bluff Park, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Read more here.
Photo Credit: Timeout

Beach Yoga with Brad

Every Saturday and Sunday, Brad Keimach and his friends offer yoga classes on the beach of Santa Monica. In addition, they teach yoga by the sunset several days a week. Minimum donation is $15.00. For more information, please visit their website.
Photo Credit: Beach Yoga with Brad and Friends FB-page

Mentor Foundation USA launching 
“Living the Example” contest

Photo Credit: Mentor
Mentor Foundation USA is a nonprofit organization based in Washinton D.C. whose mission is to prevent drug abuse among youth while helping them realize their potential. The organization is an affiliate of Mentor International, which was founded in 1994 by Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden and the World Health Organization. Mentor Foundation USA has just launched their second annual video contest “Living the Example”, which serves as a way to celebrate youth following their passions and goals while staying drug-free and living a active and healthy lifestyle. The contest is open for all high schoolers in the United States and in order to compete all particapants have to submit a video explaining why they set a positive example for their peers. 

The grand prize winner will win a trip to Los Angeles, a tour of the YouTube Space in La Playa Vista and a cash prize of $500. The second place will receive $250 and a Google Chromecast, and the third place winner will receive $150 and Anker Portable Speakers. 

For more information on how to enter the contest, please visit the website.

If you are interested in learning more about Mentor Foundation USA and their Living the Example initiative, please visit their new website, which serves as a platform to celebrate the positive lifestyles of youth and highlight their achievements.

Work at Abedian & Totlian!
Looking for a Senior Tax Accountant

Photo Credit: U.S Immigration
Abedian & Totlian is looking for a Senior Tax Accountant to join their team. The candidate must have minimum 3 years of experience in taxation and have current public accounting experience. Experience in corporate, pass-through entities and individual tax is required. Read the requirements and apply here.

Kurt MacMillan and Pollack is inviting you
to an English Breakfast!

Presenting AFEX

AFEX have joined SACC-LA to offer members a comprehensive range of global payment solutions that enhance business opportunities between Swedish and American companies in LA. Their tailored international payment services for the film and entertainment industry offer companies a comprehensive range of solutions to help better manage their foreign currency exposure. Therefore, SACC-LA members receive $0 wire transfer fees on foreign-currency transactions.

Managing currency exposure takes expertise, and the AFEX team is the most trusted in the business. AFEX understands the challenges clients face when sending and receiving international payments. They recognize the distinct requirements of companies and individuals engaged in business between Europe, North America, and around the world, and their experts will provide you with tools customized to your unique situation and objectives. Their solutions can help you save time, minimize risk and reduce costs. Key benefits include:

  • No obligation to use their services
  • Stay ahead of changing market conditions with expert guidance and tools
  • Send funds quickly and securely with AFEX’s award-winning payment processing
  • Manage currency exposure with Rate Orders and Forward Contracts
  • Save money with AFEX’s competitive exchange rates and fees
  • Send and receive payments online 24/7 with AFEXDirect 

To learn more, please contact SACC-LA’s dedicated point of contact at AFEX, Nahal Safarzadeh. Previously the Scandinavian Sales Director at AFEX, Nahal’s new role in LA focuses on building relationships in the entertainment and film industry. You can reach Nahal at: +1 818 728 3864 or

For more information about AFEX, check out their website.

Photo Credit: Kungsörnen

"The Cinnamon Bun Day" in Sweden

This last Tuesday, Sweden celebrated ”the cinnamon bun”-day. We guess you did not miss the overload of amazingly tempting pictures of freshly baked cinnamon buns that took over the social media. If you ask us, there are always an excuse to have a fika. If you do not have the time to bake your own buns, pay a visit to SACC-LA member IKEA to get hold of some. There are many secret recipes of how to bake the perfect buns, this is one from Kungsörnen
Photo Credit: WeGotThisCovered

Swedish artist Zara Larsson nominated at MTV Europe Music Award

The future looks bright for the Swedish superstar Zara Larsson who has the chance of winning two awards at 2016’s edition of MTV Europe Music Award. Zara has been nominated for Best Newcomer and Best Swedish Artist. If the 18-year-old Swedish artist manage to bring home any award is up to the voting fans. The event takes place on November 6, read about it 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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