Swedish win
On May 23rd Sweden won the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest with Måns Zelmerlöw and his song Heroes. This years competition was held in the home country of last years winner Conchita Wurst, Austria, in the city of Vienna. This year also marked a special occasion as the Eurovision celebrated its 60-year anniversary. Along with the birthday the competition also, for the first time, invited long time Eurovision supporter Australia to compete. The singing competition has long aired in Australia and is one of the most viewed programs throughout the year.
This year political tensions were palpable as Russia’s Polina Gagarina received negative reactions as she gained points and took the lead early in the competition. Russian shine in stark contrast to Gagarina’s song with the title A Million Voices. The competition has been criticized for bringing political differences into another forum, and dividing the European countries instead of uniting them.
Måns Zelmerlöw’s win is Sweden’s second win in three years, and marks a total of six wins since the competition started in 1955. This is also only the second time a country has won this close together, where Ireland is the only other country that has achieved this. The Swedish public service network SVT has not yet stated which city will be hosting the Eurovision next year. In 2013 the city of Malmö was the host.
Watch Måns Zelmerlöw's Heroes below. And for those of you who have been thinking about traveling to Sweden soon, save the date of May 21, 2016, and keep an eye on for tickets!
Måns Zelmerlöw - Heroes (Sweden) - LIVE at Eurovision 2015 Grand Final
Watch Måns Zelmerlöw's winning performance here.
Equal World Cup?
In an effort to promote equality in the sport of soccer, the Swedish channel TV4 is planning on naming the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup as the “FIFA World Cup 2015”. TV4 has the rights to broadcast the tournament that will take place in Canada in June, but FIFA has warned that the channel could be in breach of contract if it doesn’t use the official title, “FIFA Women’s World Cup”.
In an interview with The Local Sweden, TV4’s Head of Sport Fredrik Olofson said that they are still discussing the issue with FIFA, and that he thinks they “both really want the same thing, and that is to increase the status of women’s soccer. FIFA at the same time wants to be clear about their brands which is understandable.” He continued “I'm sorry they haven't seen the upside of our suggestion as a strong signal of how we should look at soccer as one sport.”
Save the dates!

SACC-Philadelphia invites you to join us in cheering on our Swedish team on these match days! We will host a Happy Hour at Fadó Irish Pub, starting on June 8th with
Sweden vs Nigeria
at 14:30 (match start 15:00)

Check your email for more information on these specific dates and times. No RSVP needed. Bring friends and family, and we hope to see you there!
The Royal Wedding
The countdown is on for the upcoming royal wedding between HRH Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and his fiancée, Miss Sofia Hellqvist, who got engaged last summer. The wedding will take place in the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace of Stockholm on Saturday June 13th, and after the ceremony the newlyweds will be taken by horse and carriage through the city as per tradition.
HRH Prince Carl Philip is the King and Queen’s second oldest child, and in accordance with the Act of Succession, he is third in line to the throne after his older sister, Crown Princess Victoria, and her daughter, Princess Estelle.
The couple has requested that any kind gifts be in the form of charitable donations to the Prince Couple’s Foundation, whose object is to promote and support children and youth in care and educational settings.
National Day - June 6th

Sweden's National Day, or the Swedish Flag Day, is celebrated on June 6 every year and is a public holiday in Sweden. National Day is celebrated partly in memory of the day when Gustav Vasa was elected king of Sweden in 1523, and the 1809 form of government. The events both have the same date. June 6 was formerly only celebrated as "Swedish Flag Day" and it was only in 1983 that the day also received the status of National Day.
Skansen, in Stockholm, is one of many places around the country where festivities are combined with political speeches and entertainment.
Midsummer's Eve - June 19th

Midsummer is a movable holiday, which each year falls on the Friday between the 19th and 25th of June. Friends and Family will gather around maypoles to sing, dance, and celebrate summer. Lunches and dinners are usually - if the weather will allow - had outside accompanied by snaps and singing of snapsvisor. This is inofficially also the start of summer holidays for many Swedes, making this one of the largest travel holidays of the year.

The largest Midsummer celebration in the US takes place in Battery Park on June 19th this year. Thousands of Swedes gather there for the annual celebration.