Happy Friday! Here’s a new edition of our selection of Swedish music, family fun, trade reports, theatre, literature, films and virtual events to enjoy from the comfort of your home. Please enjoy, stay safe, stay healthy, and #StayHome!

Today, on International Day of Families and ahead of Pippi Longstocking’s 75th birthday on May 21 we are launching new digital content for our beloved families to our
House of Sweden online museum.

‘Now let’s celebrate’, Pippi shouted, as she got back on her feet. ‘Let’s celebrate until we raise the roof of Villa Villekulla.’

For 75 years Astrid Lindgren’s fictional character Pippi Longstocking has entertained, astonished, questioned and provoked audiences all over the world. Pippi is adored by children, and people of all ages consider her a role model and a symbol for independence and anti-authoritarianism to this day. Her liberal and free-spirited character has made an impact far beyond the world of children’s books. 


Join us in celebrating the strongest girl in the world by hosting your own Pippi party, play games, and more here!


 #CongratsPippi #BeMorePippi #CongratsPippi and tag @SwedeninUSA @HouseofSweden @swedense @astridlindgrenofficial. 

Since it's international day of families – we want to celebrate it with this new song: Family – by the Swedish soulartist Tingsek.  

One of the most iconic jazz clubs in Sweden, Fasching, arranges great concerts at Stockholm Jazz Stream, through
Facebook, and the line of amazing upcoming artists are really not to be missed, if you like jazz.
Daniel Karlsson Trio 5/16
Simone Moreno 5/20
Per Texas Johansson 5/23
Algotsson Henryson Duo 5/27
Nils Landgren Funk Unit 5/30

Our virtual exhibitions in House of Sweden are open! Explore the below exhibitions on:

  • Smart Mobility, produced by The Swedish Institute

    Sweden is an innovative powerhouse with a history of game-changing inventions under its belt. This is an interactive exhibition display about mobility in a Swedish context with a global impact.Learn about historic change makers, failed experiments, modern solutions for moving goods and people with less burdon on the environemnt, unnecessary health risks and accessibility for all.

  • Sustain Able Voices - Young Swedish Design, produced by Svensk Form, IKEA Museum and The Swedish Institute.

    What does the design of tomorrow look like? Ever since 1998, the jury for the Young Swedish design Award has been rewarding innovative transdisciplinary design. This exhibition consist of works from young designers showing the power of design and its ability to change.

  • Papier by Bea Szenfeld and Stina Wirsén.

    Worn by world artists such as Lady Gaga and Björk, Swedish designer and artist Bea Szenfeld has made international headlines with her spectacular paper couture. Papier displays Szenfeld's handmade paper garments with Stina Wirsén's expressive fashion drawings as a colorful backdrop. The two artists meet in a mutual affection for the analogue handmade process and for the love of paper.

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International trade is not gender neutral. Due to differences in representation in the economy as well as due to various social inequalities, women and men are affected differently by international trade and trade policy. This report describes some of these differences for men and women as employees, entrepreneurs and consumers in high and middle income countries and discusses possible ways for trade policy to take these into account. Read the full report here.

How Swedish exporters are impacted by the coronavirus outbreak
Sweden relies on its global companies that account for 50 per cent of the nation’s GDP. Business Sweden helps companies to succeed, especially when times are tough, and have therefore launched a Corona Response Desk for export companies. Business Sweden can support companies in three key areas: secure global supply and logistics chains, defend market share and client relations.

This Business Sweden survey takes the temperature of impacts and mitigation plans among large exporting companies. Read more here.

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Sweden’s commission to the Academy Awards last year was the Swedish – Georgian director Levan Akins beautiful and internationally acknowledged love story And Then we Danced. Hampton film fest has now made it available here. Highly recommended! 

The film stirred controversy and protests in Georgia, because of the subject gay romance,  covered by for example New York Times.

Also, as we've mentioned in previous issues there are many excellent series and films available on Netflix. Search 'Swedish'.


Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has co-authored a family memoir, Our House Is on Fire, chronicling her family's bouts with psychological diagnoses and the contradictions of modern life. The US edition was recently reviewed in The New Yorker against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic. 


Cirkus Cirkör, Sweden’s most established and treasured contemporary circus company provides full length recordings of some of our most loved performances, mixed with short clips that inspire circus training at home during the quarantine.

One of their shows that you can catch online until the end of May is Havfruen, that is the Little Mermaid, from 2006, based on HC Andersen’s beloved story at SVTPlay , with the actress Melinda Kinnaman, known from the Royal Dramatic theatre and from Lasse Hallström’s film My life as a dog, in the title role.
You can also watch
Inside Out, that has toured all over the world, including to New York at BAM, a musically, passionate celebration to circus itself!

Smithsonian Folklife Festival Story Circle - Built for Purpose: Cultural Diplomacy for a Post-COVID World with the Embassy's Cultural Counselor, Linda Zachrison 
Thursday, May 21, 12 pm EDT

Rachel Cooper, Director of Cultural Diplomacy, Asia Society New York
Dana Al-Marashi, Head of Cultural Diplomacy, Embassy of the United Arab Emirates—Washington, D.C.
Aviva Rosenthal, Director, Smithsonian Office of International Relations
Linda Zachrison, Cultural Counselor, Embassy of Sweden—Washington, D.C.

Facebook Live
 Smithsonian Folklife page. Click Interested or Going to get a notification when the video begins. Accessibility: Real-time captioning will be available for this presentation, available at this link:
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, have since 1967 gathered thousands of people on the mall at the end of June and beginning of July to celebrate and promote greater understanding of cultural heritage across the United States and around the world.

Scandinavia House in New York, a great friend and collaborative partner to the Embassy, offers a wide range of virtual experiences right now. For example they arrange virtual seminars like  Sweden’s Response to the Coronavirus with Historian Lars Trägårdh or The Nordic Model: Sweden’s Welfare System & The Future of Work but also virtual tours of the last years exhibitions – for example Luminous Modernism: Scandinavian Art Comes to America, 1912, with Prins Eugen as one of the featured artists, next to Hammershøi and Munch.

Myth-Busting AI: Latest Research, Real Stories, and Ethical Dilemmas
May 27, 2020 at 11:30 EDT, hosted by American Chamber of Commerce in Sweden.
The purpose of the event is to cover the impact of artificial intelligence on organizations and how business leaders can best prepare for these current challenges. More information and registration here.

Bifrost Talks by Nordic Innovation House
Nordic Innovation House - Silicon Valley responds to the ongoing situation of COVID-19 by hosting a series of webinars, Bifrost Talks, all with relevant and useful content to maneuver challenges ahead. Check out their webinars here!
Stay tuned for more upcoming events!
  • Issue #1 from April 8
  • Issue #2 from April 17
  • Issue #3 from April 23
  • Issue #4 from April 28 (virtual US visit by Sweden's Foreign Minister)
  • Issue #5 from April 30
  • Special event  - Webinar with Swedish Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Anders Tegnell, hosted in collaboration with The German Marshall Fund of the United States on April 15. See it here.
  • Special event #ItTakesAJournalist: A Free Press is Even More Vital in the Age of COVID-19. To mark World Press Freedom Day, on May 4, hosted in collaboration with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ). See it here.
  • Special event  - Case Study in COVID-19 Responses: Lessons Learned from Sweden with Sweden's Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Anders Tegnell on May 8, hosted in collaboration with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ). See it here.
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