Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Ireland

Midsommar

In Sweden, Midsommar (Midsummer) is possibly the second most celebrated holiday after Christmas and is an occasion of large gatherings − Many Swedes start their summer holidays for midsummer and in many cases, whole families gather to celebrate this traditional high-point of the summer.

Swedes like the world to be well-ordered, so Midsummer Eve is always a Friday between 19 and 25 June. People often begin the day by picking flowers and making wreaths to place on the Maystång (maypole), which is a key component in the celebrations. It also used to be that if you picked 7 or 9 different flowers and put them under your pillow when going to sleep, you would then dream of the person you would be spending the rest of your life with.

The maypole is raised in an open spot and traditional ring-dances ensue, to the delight of the children and some of the adults. Teenagers tend to stay out of it and wait for the evening’s more riotous entertainment. Dancing late into the night is very popular during this longest day of the year!

Of course, we will also enjoy a meal that will often consist of the first potatoes of the season (nypotatis) served with fresh dill, soured cream and chives, herring, smoked salmon, eggs and strawberries with cream together with cold beer and akvavit accompanied by singing.

Glad Midsommar!

Valborg / Walpurgis – 30 April

Today 30 April is what we Swedes know as Valborgsmässafton or Walpurgis Eve. While the name Walpurgis is taken from the eighth-century English missionary Saint Walburga, “Valborg”, as it is called in Swedish, has very little to do with religion and everything to do with the arrival of spring. The forms of celebration vary in different parts of the country and between different cities. Walpurgis celebrations are not a family occasion but rather a public event,.

In the Middle Ages, the administrative year ended on 30 April. Accordingly, this was a day of festivity among the merchants and craftsmen of the town, Walpurgis bonfires are part of a Swedish tradition dating back to the early 18th century. At Walpurgis (Valborg), farm animals were let out to graze and bonfires (majbrasor, kasar) lit to scare away predators.

Choir singing is a very popular pastime in Sweden, and on Walpurgis Eve virtually every choir in the country is busy. Singing traditional songs of spring is widespread throughout the country. The songs are mostly from the 19th century and were spread by students’ spring festivities. The strongest and most traditional spring festivities are also found in the old university cities, such as Uppsala and Lund, where undergraduates, graduates, and alumni gather at events that last most of the day from early morning to late night on April 30th, or siste april (“The Last Day Of April”) as it is called in Lund, or sista april as it is called in Uppsala. In Uppsala the vice-chancellor of the University will come out on the balcony of Carolina Rediviva at 3.00 pm sharp and don his white cap. This will give the signal to all the students gathered to do the same. Singing will start to welcome spring (even if it very cold) as for students, Walpurgis Eve heralds freedom. Exams are over and only the odd lecture remains before term ends.

Visit to the Criminal Courts

 

 

 

Mr Justice Paul Carney, his judicial colleagues, members of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Ireland and their guests pictured meeting with the judges in the Central Criminal Courts Building .

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce and friends were guests of Mr Justice Paul Carney in the magnificent Central Criminal Court building on Parkgate Street on Tuesday 13 January 2015.   The Swedish Chamber of Commerce were privileged to be received in the judge’s conference room with magnificent views over the Liffey and city.

A number of Mr Justice Carney’s judicial colleagues were present and outlined the roles of the various courts and the types  of cases that would be likely to be heard that morning.  After that briefing we were addressed by the Chief Executive of the Courts Service, Mr Brendan Ryan, who explained the background to the funding and maintenance, by way of  public private partnership arrangement, of the new building. 

We were then guided through the courts by the  Head of Protocol of the Courts Services, Elisha D’Arcy.  We had the opportunity of observing Mr Justice Carney’s court, the Special Criminal Court and courts of the High Court, Circuit Court and District Court.

Judge Carney has long been a great supporter of all things Swedish and Scandinavian.  He of course spent part of his youth in Uppsala and went to school there.  It is accordingly very fitting that, this year ,  the Swedish Chamber of Commerce will organise a visit to Uppsala for the weekend of 13 – 14 March.

 We are very grateful to the Courts Service and to Judge Carney for their hospitality and congratulate them on the splendid building and facilities that they operate.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce Ireland is now taking a break for Christmas and New Year. Welcome back January 2015 for new exciting events.

We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year or as we say in Swedish “ God Jul och Gott Nytt År! “

 

Nobel Day – 10 December

Alfred Bernhard Nobel (21 October 1833 – 10 December 1896) was a Swedish chemist, engineer, innovator, and armaments manufacturer. He was the inventor of dynamite. His fortune was used posthumously to institute the Nobel Prizes. The synthetic element nobelium was named after him. His name also survives in modern-day companies such as Dynamit Nobel and AkzoNobel, which are descendants of mergers with companies Nobel himself established. On 27 November 1895, at the Swedish-Norwegian Club in Paris, Alfred Nobel signed his last will and testament, giving the largest share of his fortune to a series of prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature and Peace – the Nobel Prizes. His family opposed the establishment of the Nobel Prize, and the prize awarders he named, refused to do what he had requested in his will. It was five years before the first Nobel Prize could be awarded in 1901. In 1968, Sveriges Riksbank (Sweden’s central bank) established The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. The first three of these prizes are awarded for eminence in physical science, in chemistry and in medical science or physiology; the fourth is for literary work “in an ideal direction” and the fifth prize is to be given to the person or society that renders the greatest service to the cause of international fraternity, in the suppression or reduction of standing armies, or in the establishment or furtherance of peace congresses.In the statutes of the Nobel Foundation it says: “A prize amount may be equally divided between two works, each of which is considered to merit a prize. If a work that is being rewarded has been produced by two or three persons, the prize shall be awarded to them jointly. In no case may a prize amount be divided between more than three persons.”

6 November – Gustaf Adolfsdagen (Gustavus Adolphus Day)

Today is Gustavus Adolphus Day (Swedish: Gustav Adolfs Dagen) and is celebrated in Sweden and some other countries on November 6 in memory of king Gustavus Adolphus II of Sweden, who was killed on that date in 1632 at the Battle of Lützen i…n the Thirty Years’ War. The day is a general flag day in Sweden and in Finland but it is not generally celebrated in Scania in southern Sweden since Scania was part of Denmark at the time and Gustavus Adolphus II waged war on Denmark.
The celebration is especially popular in Gothenburg, which was founded by Gustavus Adolphus II, and in Uppsala, where he donated considerable funding to the University.
A special pastry is eaten on the day, the Gustavus Adolphus pastry with no standard recipe but always a chocolate or marzipan relief of that king on top. It was first created in the 1890s or in 1909 and, like the day itself, is particularly popular in Gothenburg.

24 Oktober – United Nations Day

Flag of the United Nations.svg

Tomorrow  is United Nations Day which in Sweden is celebrated by being a flag day.

The day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.

In Sweden, Denmark and Finland, the day is marked by flying the United Nations flag or the national flag.

24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday.

For more information see link below:

http://www.un.org/en/events/unday/

New Government in Sweden

 

Regeringen

A new Government has been formed in Sweden. It is led by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and consists of 23 ministers in addition to the Prime Minister.

On October 3, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven presented the Statement of Government Policy and his ministers to the Riksdag. Thereafter, the Council of State took place at the Royal Palace. H.M. the King then declared that a change of government had taken place.

For the full list of names please see www.regeringen.se

 

Lucia Concert and Procession – Christ Church Cathedral Dublin – 7 December at 7pm

Lucia 2014

The magnificent Adolf Fredrik’s Choir has agreed to perform for us again this year in our annual Sankta Lucia Concert.  The concert will take place on Sunday 7 December at 7 pm in Christ Church Cathedral.

Premium ticket holders will have reserved seating in the knave of the cathedral and will be invited to a glögg reception in the magical crypt of the cathedral after the concert.
Premium tickets can be used either for the entertainment of staff or guests.  Anyone who has come and seen the Adolf Fredrik’s Choir perform in Christchurch has been entirely captivated and enthusiastic by this uniquely Swedish event.

 The Premium tickets are priced at 40 Euro.

 There are also Regular tickets available at the cost of 15 Euro with unreserved seating.

 Let us know as soon as possible the number of tickets you would like to have for this wonderful evening of Sankta Lucia by sending an email to sccireland@gmail.com

 

Business Lunch with Magnus Ternsjö – CEO of UPC Ireland

10 September the members of the Chamber and guests enjoyed a most interesting lunch with guest speaker Magnus Ternsjö, CEO of UPC Ireland. Magnus provided all guests with an entertaining and informative talk of his impressions since arriving in Ireland last year and his view on the future of technology in Ireland. Had we not been limited in time, the discussion could have gone on for longer.

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