Thank You!

Thank you all members who have supported us during our "first" year. We are already looking forward to 2008 and we have many exciting events lined up. Our annual meeting will be Thursday January 31st. See email later this week for more info!

God Jul!


You are invited to a Holiday Open House at SAS!

To thank you for your patronage, SAS welcomes you to the new SAS Sales Office in downtown Seattle for some Scandinavian Holiday Cheer. Enjoy European fare, Champagne and Hot Spiced Wine "Glögg." Meet your local SAS sales team and learn what's new and exciting with Scandinavian Airlines.

For more info see email!

E-Days April 7-9, 2008

The Swedish-American Entrepreneurial Days is a key trade and networking event between USA and Sweden/Northern Europe. Hundreds of Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders from both sides of the Atlantic will gather to do business. This event will take place at the Town & Country Resort in San Diego.

See & read more about this event at:

SACC Seattle's first Trainee!

Louise Åkesson is the first trainee at the chamber in Seattle through SACC-USA’s Trainee Program. Louise started her studies at Växjö University and in 2002 she was recruited to Washington State University’s Track and Field team. In 2005 she graduated from WSU with two Bachelors, one in International Business with a minor in Public Relations and the other in Social Sciences.
After graduation she worked a year for a large international corporation in Seattle and later came in contact with the Swedish Consulate where she obtained a position.

In 2007 she started working as the Marketing and Event Coordinator for SACC – Seattle and has arranged many successful events for the chamber so far.

In her free time, Louise likes to go on hikes, snowboarding, do triathlons and workout.

Save the date!

- Saturday, December 1st -

It’s time for SACC-Seattle’s Member Brunch on Saturday December 1st! Come join us at the Wild Rover in Kirkland for a delicious Irish-American inspired brunch. This is our last event of the year. Don't miss out on this opportunity to mingle with your fellow SACC members.

Date: December 1st
When: 11am - 1pm
Where: Wilde Rover Irish Pub & Restaurant
111 Central Way
Kirkland, WA 98033

For questions please contact Louise at 206 467 8200, or email

Hans Blix lecture: “From a Cold War to a Cold Peace. Time for Revival of Disarmament?”

On Thursday October 18th Hans Blix will be lecturing at UW. This interesting lecture is open to the public and is on a first come, first serve basis.

Hans Blix was born1928 in Uppsala, Sweden, Dr. Blix’s career has largely been in politics and public service. From January 2000 until June 2003, he was appointed Executive Chairman of the United Nations Mentoring, Verification and Inspection Commission for Iraq by the UN Secretary-General.

In early 2004, Dr. Blix chaired the independent international Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission. He has received several honorary doctorates, is the recipient of many decorations and awards, and has written numerous books on international and constitutional law and articles relating to energy and the problems of the spread of nuclear weapons.

Date: October 18th
Time: 7-9pm
Where: Kane Hall, Room 130 (UW Seattle Campus)

For more info and to RSVP, please visit:

Successful Crayfish Celebartion and Fundraiser!

-SACC-Seattle held their first Crayfish Celebration and Fundraiser since 2004. This time the event was co-hosted with the Swedish Cultural Center in Seattle.

Seattle, September 7, 2007 – More than 100 people attended SACC-Seattle’s first Crayfish Celebration and Fundraiser in years. The venue was the Swedish Cultural Center with a beautiful view over Lake Union.

At check in guests received a wolf paw drink, also known in Sweden as Vargtass. After mingling and eating hors d’oeuvre the Treasurer of SACC-Seattle, Deanna Zachrisson welcomed everyone.

The attendees enjoyed a delicious Swedish traditional buffet and sang Swedish snaps songs. The crayfishes and the dessert were sponsored by IKEA. After dinner the guests danced to everything from Abba to the Ark.

Over 20 companies donated to SACC-Seattle’s silent auction, with items ranging from airfare tickets to dinners and personal training. Guests could bid the entire evening on the popular fundraising items.

Main sponsors for this event were Stellar Holdings, SAS and IKEA. SACC Seattle’s next event is the December Member brunch.

We still have tickets to the Crayfish Celebration and Fundraiser

It’s not too late to sign up for the Crayfish Celebration & Fundraiser!

Why not reserve a table for all your friends and family? There will be traditional snaps songs, both Swedish and American and also a DJ playing Swedish oldies! The Crayfishes will be provided by IKEA and there will be a wonderful assortment of Swedish food.

Location: Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave N
Date: Friday, September 7th
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: $45 SACC and SCC members, $50 non-members. After August 29th $60

Join us in this Swedish Tradition!

Questions? Contact Louise at the chamber; 206 622 5640 or email

Crayfish Celebration and Fundraising September 7th

Finally its time for SACC-Seattle's Annual Crayfish Celebration and Fundraising Auction. This is our biggest event of the year and also the event with the most Swedish traditions in it! This event is for everyone, you don't have to be a member.
Previous years we have had as many as 150 attendees so hurry and sign up! We have great items in our fundraiser and some of the companies involved are: SAS Scandinavian Airlines, IKEA, McCormick and Schmick's, Hotel Ändra, Jillian's, the Renaissance Hotel, Maggiano's Little Italy, Build-A-Bear Workshop and the W Seattle Hotel and rounds of golf.

Location: Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave N
Date: Friday, September 7th
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: $45 SACC and SCC members, $50 non-members. After August 29th $60

Hope to see you on September 7th!

- Louise Åkesson

Marketing and Communications
Phone: 206 622 5640

World leading diabetes researcher to annual meeting in Seattle

Annual meeting and luncheon with world leading diabetes researcher Åke Lernmark and Diamyd Medical AB’s CEO Anders Essen-Möller

Seattle, March 23, 2007 – The newly invigorated Seattle chapter of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce (SACC Seattle) held their first annual meeting and luncheon recently. The event was held in conjunction with the Seattle-Sweden Diabetes Awareness Day.

Chamber supporters learned about the decades of dedicated research, and recent progress toward effective treatment of juvenile diabetes from Professor Åke Lernmark and CEO Anders Essen-Möller, of Diamyd Medical AB. They spoke about the interesting connections Seattle and Stockholm share in the diagnosis of juvenile diabetes. Both cities have one of the highest occurrences of type 1 juvenile diabetes in the world. Diamyd Medical AB focuses on developing treatments for diabetes and its complications. According to Essen-Möller, Diamyd’s innovations may be able to not only treat diabetes in the future, but also prevent it.

SACC Seattle elected a new board of directors in its annual meeting. The membership also elected Claes Olsson, President and CEO, Powerit Solutions as chairman by unanimous vote; “This is a very exciting time for us in SACC-Seattle since the chamber has been inactive for about two years. Now the chamber has found a new home, a new part-time staff and a new, enthusiastic group of supporters.”
Other board members elected were Deanna Zachrisson as director, Vice Chairman and Treasurer and Michael Olofsson Director and Secretary. Lars Jonsson, Jeff Cook, Joy Skaardal, Lars Hill, Magnus Andersson, Michael Heijer, Rebecka Helén-Wilson and P-O Selander was all elected directors and Louise Åkesson is the chamber’s new staff person with a focus on marketing and events.

SACC Seattle has several exciting events planned; a new member mixer, a Seattle International Film Festival event, as well as its annual Crayfish Celebration and Fundraiser.

Successful European Business Card Exchange with EU Commissioner Mattias Sundholm as a speaker

SACC Seattle held the first European Business Card Exchange of the year for members of the Council of European Chambers of Commerce.

Seattle, March 29, 2007 – The SACC Seattle was the first in the Council of European Chambers of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest (CECC) to organize the European Business Card Exchange this year.

Invited to speak was Mattias Sundholm, Deputy Head of Press and Public Diplomacy and Deputy Spokesperson for the European Commission Delegation to the United States. The visit was part of Europe Week which pays tribute to EU’s fifty years of existence.

This event was made possible through a generous donation from Microsoft. Other sponsors were the CECC, the Trade Development Alliance and University of Washington’s European Center of Excellence.

A crowd of ninety people networked, exchanged business cards and enjoyed food and drink. This event is one of the opportunities for all the European chambers to meet.

The next European Business Card Exchange will be held in July by the British American Business Council.