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Royal Festivities

It has been a busy and joyful month for the Swedish royal family, with no less than a royal wedding and a newborn royal baby! On June 13th, HRH Prince Carl Philip of Sweden married his fiancée, Miss Sofia Hellqvist, in a beautiful ceremony in the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Hundreds of thousands of well-wishers lined the streets of Stockholm to get a glimpse of the newlyweds as they were riding in a horse and carriage procession through the Swedish capital.
Two days later, on June 15th, the family got another reason to continue the celebrations when Princess Madeleine gave birth to a baby boy at Danderyd Hospital in Stockholm. King Carl XVI Gustaf later informed the Swedish government that his first grandson’s name will be Prince Nicolas Paul Gustaf, and that he will get the title Duke of Ångermanland, a province in northern Sweden. Prince Nicolas is Princess Madeleine and husband Christopher O’Neill’s second child and he is sixth in line to the throne.
H.R.H Prince Nicolas Paul Gustaf. Photo:
Symposium Stockholm

Earlier this month it was time for the inaugural Symposium Stockholm, a new major event that was launched by Spotify’s founder Daniel Ek and Avicii’s manager Ash Pournouri, and that is aimed at highlighting Stockholm as “the creative capital of the world”. The event was filled with concerts, music awards, and the Brilliant Minds conference where a select group of tech gurus, entrepreneurs and CEOs discussed how the Swedish capital has taken over the music and tech worlds, and what the future holds.
HRH Prince Daniel opened the conference and stated; “There are common elements behind Sweden’s success, the four elements ever since the Viking era: Desire for freedom, openness to the world, being a country held together by trust, and quite a few eccentrics.”
Other speakers included Niklas Zennström, co-founder of Skype, Hans Vestberg, CEO of Ericsson, and Hans Rosling, co-founder of Gapminder. According to the organizers, Symposium Stockholm will be back again next year.

Join us for International Happy Hour, first Tuesday of the month, on Tuesday July 7th! We will be at Fadó Irish Pub as always, from 5-7 PM. 

Enjoy this month's happy hour beer specials and network with SACC-Philadelphia's fellow peers!

See you there!

Upcoming events at the American Swedish Historical Museum

Saturday, July 18, SmörgåsBeer'd, 5-8pm

Spend a summer evening sampling local Philly and Swedish lagers, ales, stouts, and more paired alongside a spread of savories like Swedish meatballs, cheeses, and sausages. A taste of Sweden meets the Philadelphia beer scene looking out over FDR Park at the fifth annual SmörgåsBeer’d. Last year’s breweries included Philly favorites Yards, Brooklyn Brewery, Dogfish Head Brewery, Vault Co., Naked Brewing Co., and Armstrong Ale. Highlights were a tutored tasting and Q&A session held with the Master Brewers and museum tour with Swedish beer artifacts. More breweries and events this year! SmörgåsBeer’d will be held Saturday July 18th from 5-8pm. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

Photo: Per Jahnke
Victoria Day - July 14th 

On July 14th Sweden celebrates the Crown Princess Victoria, as tradition has it, on the island of Öland in the Baltic Sea. H.R.H Crown Princess Victoria turns 38 years old, and will be celebrated with a concert attended by some of the most popular names in Swedish music. The hopes are high for great weather, as previous years have proven that the rain does not stop for anyone - not even the crown princess of Sweden.
Here is a link to more information - in Swedish - and pictures from previous years at Öland.
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