Scandinavian Julbord

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Traditional Scandinavian Julbord with Christmas food served smorgasbord style including Lucia performance, entertainment and Christmas tree lightning tickets adult $25, children under 12 $15 and children under 5 free including beer and refillable sodas. The event hosted by the " title="Scandinavian Trade Association" target=_new>Scandinavian Trade Association
Event will be held on Saturday, December 3 at 6pm at the Tampa Bay Brewing Company, 139 37 Monroe Business Park Tampa, FL 336 35.

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The Swedish Club of Tampa Bay celebrates midsummer at Pass-a-Grill Beach on Saturday, June 21 3pm - 5pm. Look for the Swedish group at a shelter in the Hurley Park, 1501 Gulf Way, St Pete Beach, FL 33701. Bring your own picnic basket with herring, gravlax and boiled new potatoes!  

Celebrate Sweden and Norway with STA

Sweden's National Day is celebrated on June 6 as Gustav Vasa was elected king on that date in 1523 and the constitution of Sweden was adopted at that same date in 1809. Proud Swedes celebrate with flags, singing the national anthem, and of course the herring, the salmon and strawberries. Norway celebrates National Day on May 17 as that date in 1814 after having been under Danish autocracy for 400 years Norway got its own constitution and joined a union with Sweden that lasted until 1905. So celebrating the Norwegian and Swedish national days together make kind of sense. Scandinavian Trade Association invites to this celebration on May 31 6 - 9 pm at Bay Harbor Hotel.

Swedish Lucia Celebration

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The Swedish Club of Tampa Bay invites you Lucia procession and traditional Swedish treats served with glögg and coffee. Tickets $5 members, $10 non-members, kids under 14 free.
When: Sunday December 9, doors open at 5pm, procession starts at 6pm sharp.
Where: L'Unione Italiana, 1731 Seventh Ave, Tampa 33675 (Ybor City)

BK Hacken comes to Orlando for Pro Soccer Classics

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The Swedish soccer team BK Häcken from Gothenburg comes to Disney World, Orlando to play against US and Canadian teams from February 25 through March 3.

Crayfish buffet at IKEA Tampa

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IKEA's annual crayfish buffet is on Friday, August 19 at 5pm and 7 pm. There will be plenty of crayfish as well as shrimp and salmon. This is a great occasion to try traditional Swedish crayfish and other seafood for at a very reasonable cost.

Midsummer in Tampa Bay

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Gustav Vasa enters Stockholm on Midsummer Eve 1523. Carl Larsson.

Midsummer is not as magic in Florida as in Sweden but you can still eat great Swedish food and hang out with Swedes to celebrate the big day here. If you want to eat a lot of salmon such as gravlax, poached salmon, smoked salmon and herring as well as the smorgasbord bestseller hardboilded eggs with shrimp you can go to IKEA tomorrow, they offer a generous Midsummer buffee for less than $10. On June 25 at for pm in Fort De Soto Park the Swedish Club of Tampa Bay has their midsummer celebration, bring your own Midsummer dish and enjoy the beautiful Fort De Soto Park with Swedes, Sill and Schnaps.

Exhibition at Scandinavia House in NY until August 19

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Scandinavian culture and art is very much alive in New York. The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) celebrates 100 years of promoting Scandinavian culture and trade this year and in 2000 they opened the Scandinavia House in Manhattan New York, the house is open to everyone interested in Scandinavia.
North by New York: New Nordic Art showcases the work of fourteen artists from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. If you are in New York do not miss a visit to the Scandinavia House, they offer culture as well as good Scandinavian food.

Valborg Miami 2011

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Saturday May 7th the 3rd annual Valborg Miami event will take place. Good Scandinavian food and Scandinavian models in a posh Miami location with views of Miami and South Beach.
If you are in Miami, don't miss this event, visit PureScandi's web site for more info and to make reservations.

Pops in the Park with Florida Orchestra

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This is yet another opportunity to enjoy the coolest park in Tampa, visit Curtis Hixon Park on Friday 6, at 7pm to enjoy a free concert under the stars with the Florida Orchestra and guest conductor Joseph Mechavich. Symphonic favourites such as Brahms, Lecuona along with highlights from The Sound of Music, West Side Story, Porgy and Bess and the Star Wars Symphonic suite will be performed.
Bring chairs, blankets and pack your picnic basket for this event.  
Curtis Hixon Park is located at 600 North Ashley Drive, Tampa, FL 33602

Syttende Mai Viking Regatta in Tampa Bay - May 21st 10am

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Sons of Norway invites to a viking ship race to celebrate Syttende Mai the day the Norwegian constitution is commemorated. The regatta can be viewed from Philippe Park, Shelter #7, 2525 Philippe Parkway Safety Harbor, FL 34695, coffee and danish served at 9 am, sail by at 10 am and the race begins at 11.15 followed by lunch at 12.30. Please RSVP for $7 lunch here.

The Scandinavian Event of the Year in Tampa Bay

2011 Valborg Tampa - The Scandinavian Event of the Year in Tampa Bay
Come and join us for an evening with the
Scandinavian & Baltic Trade Association for Tampa’s 1st Annual Valborg Celebration Saturday, April 9, from 5 – 8 PM at the World of Beer in South Tampa! Enjoy a 3 hour open beer bar courtesy of Stockholm Beer, a true Scandinavian smörgåsbord and gifts raffled by participating sponsors including Bang & Olufsen of Tampa located in Hyde Park Village, Orrefors Crystal, Linie Aquavit, Icelandic Glacial Water and other top Scandinavian brands to be announced shortly. Held in conjunction with the Scandinavian Baltic Trade Association

Her majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden will attend Church of Sweden sermon in Boca Raton

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The Queen and her daughter, her highness Madeleine will attend the Church of Sweden sermon at the Congregational Church of Boca Raton on April 3 at 1.30 pm - 3pm. Famous Swedish singer Lasse Berghagen will perform.  This is certainly the Swedish event of the year with our Queen and one of our most beloved singers. The Congregational Church of Boca Raton is on 251 SW Fourth Avenue in Boca Raton. For more information contact Olof Olssson by phone 954-604-0605 or by email

Rock the Park Tampa @ Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park 6.30 - 9pm

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We love Rock the Park, it is great place for a nice pick-nick while listening to Tampa's music talents from all genres. On Thursday three bands will perform; The Jim Morey Band, a NOLA (New Orleans)
Jazz inspired band. West African wandering singer song writer Baye Kouyate and Beat Boxer EffeX.

Casting Swedish Americans for Swedish reality show

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For the next two or three weeks Meter Television producer of the Swedish version of American Idol will search nationwide for fun, outgoing and adventurous Americans with Swedish ancestry that would like to participate in a reality show, the Great Swedish Adventure  filmed in Sweden.  The chosen participants will compete in extrem cultural challenges to discover their rich and fascinating roots while trying to win the grand prixe, meeting with their Swedish relatives. Let's hope we can a Floridian that can represent the Sunshine state in this exciting show.

Highland Games in Tampa Bay - March 26 - 27

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"Caber toss" in Scottish, "Störte stång" in Gotlandish

The traditional Scottish Highland games are similar to the so called Gutaspelen, traditional Viking games that are still very popular on my home island Gotland. The Gute games and the Highland Games are all about showing off how big and strong you are, and celebrate the Viking heritage, an important difference between the Highlanders and the Gotlanders though, is that the Highlanders do everything wearing a skirt!  As I am a Gotlander married to a Scottish clan man it is a must for me to visit the Highland Fling on March 26 and 27th at the grounds of MOSI.
Read more about the event here

What a Lucia weekend!

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Three days of Lucia celeberation is offered for the Lucia fans of Florida this year, pick one or visit all of them!

December 10, 6pm @ St Armands Lutheran Church, Sarasota
Swedish Club of Sarasota arranges a Lucia Celebration on December 10, 6pm at the St Armands Lutheran Church, it is a very popular event so make you are there early.
For more information email or visit their web

December 11, 8pm @ La Piaggia, Miami
Scandi Miami invites to a Lucia Celebration in style on December 11, 8pm until 12.30 am at La Piaggia in Miami.
For more information email or visit their web

December 12, 5.30pm @ L'Unione Italiana, Tampa
Swedish Club of Tampa Bay arranges a Lucia Celebration on December 12, 5.30 pm at L'Unione Italiana in Ybor City, Tampa
For more information email or visit their web

Swedish event in Sarasota on November 22

The Swedish Club of Sarasota invites to an event with the Secretary General of Svenskar i Världen, Swedes Abroad, and the Swedish foreign correspondent, Ulf Nilsson. The reception starts at 6pm at Holiday Inn@Sarasota Airport, 8009 15th East in Sarasota. Fee is $10 including hors d'oeuvres. Cash bar is available. For more info contact Hans and Mick Johnson

Tall ships to Tampa!

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Three tall ships will visit Tampa July 10 - 14. The ships will be open for tours during their stay here. I recommend touring one of these magnificent ships. I will bring the family to tour the US tall ship Eagle that will be docked at Channelside.

Midsummer Eve in Sweden today

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Swedish Midsummer celebration in Sarasota, 2006.

Today Sweden is celebrating Midsummer with pickled herring, snaps, beer and Swedish Strawberry Cake. On Sunday Swedes in the Tampa Bay area can join the Swedish Club of Tampa Bay's annual midummer fest. They will be celebrating in the beautiful Fort de Soto Park, Shelter 1, fee for attending is $15 for non-member families or $7 per person. You are asked to additionally bring a typical Swedish midsummer dish to this event that starts at 2pm. You can always bring a Swedish Strawberry Cake to the event, on a reader's kind request I will share the recipe for the cake our kids made last weekend.

Swedish Midsummer in NY and LA

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If you are in NY or LA this week, do not miss the cool Swedish Midsummer events there! Imagine if we can get such Midsummer parties in Miami and Tampa!
Check out  

Totally Swede at Tampa Theatre - May 6

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From 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join Balcony Club and other young professionals for a totally “Swede” reception. Guests can munch on a smörgåsbord of delightful snacks while listening to the sweet sounds of DJ Rich Ranck. Mamma Mia!
Immediately following Tampa Theatre will screen the Swedish thriller "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". Based on the bestselling novel by Stieg Larsson, this suspenseful mystery reveals an epic tale of serial murder and corporate trickery spanning several continents and decades to the benefit of a wealthy industrial family.
Admission to this happy hour and film screening is FREE for Balcony Club members and just $10 for guests. Balcony Club members receive 2 complimentary drinks and a cash bar is available to all.
For more details call Kelly at 813-274-5507 or email

Join Foursquareday tomorrow in Tampa

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Tampa takes the lead in the global social media events. Join this historic get-together or swarm tomorrow night 6-9 pm at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Downtown Tampa.  It all started with a blogging and tweeting optometris from Westchase and now is about to become a global event to celebrated in more than 100 cities from Beijing to Mumbai and Atlanta to Dubai. 4sqday users will get discounts at restaurants, bars and optometrists. Read more and join up here or here

Tampa - SBTA Power Luncheon on April 30

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Focus on Immigration Law
This month's speaker is Lawyer William Flynn of Fowler White Boggs is an expert on immigration law and will share news concerning SBTA countries citizens and answer questions. William Flynn is a long time member of the SBTA board.

April 30 11.45 am at Landry's Seafood House 7616 W Courtney Campbell Cswy, Tampa  
Member $20 Non members $25
For registrations and questions contact

The United States Meets Europe Forum

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This sounds like a really interesting Seminar for a Scandinavian living in the USA.

The United States Meets Europe: A Forum For Young Leaders (USAME)
"New Priorities, New Strategies:
Soft Power, Cultural Diplomacy and American Foreign Policy"
(Washington, D.C. & New York City, April 18th -24th, 2010)

The United States Meets Europe: A Forum for Young Leaders is an active network of individuals interested in strengthening and supporting transatlantic relations. The next USAME Weeklong Seminar will take place in Washington, D.C., & New York City from 18th - 24th April 2010. In addition to looking in greater detail at the history and development of cultural diplomacy, the next USAME Weeklong Seminar will look at how the priorities of U.S. foreign policy have changed since the end of the Cold War and are continuing to evolve. This will provide a framework for discussions on contemporary transatlantic relations, and for comparing and contrasting foreign policy priorities in the U.S. and Europe.

Encourage a greener Tampa tomorrow!

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Come on Scandinavians, you lovers of nature and fresh air!  This sounds like an excellent occassion to support a greener Tampa and teach the Tampanites to use public transportation,having fun at the same time.

ECO.Lution takes to the streets of Downtown Tampa, Friday, April 2,  with Paint the Town Green. Paint the Town Green is a fun and inspiring restaurant and bar hop utilizing Tampa’s public transit. Event participants will receive passports to record their journey visiting select venues along the HART Green Line and TECO Line Street Car. Each location offers food and drink specials for this night only. Several hundred attendees and dozens of bars and restaurants have participated in past years. This is an exclusive night to learn more about the extraordinary places that make Tampa unique.

Where do I get a Passport? Buy Passports now and the night of the event at Tre Amici in Ybor City at 1907 N. 19th Street.or go to

Swedish Shrimp Fest in Sarasota on April 10

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Swedes love to peal and eat the delicious North See shrimp. The Swedish Club of Sarasota offer a great opportunity to visit beautful Sarasota and feast on shrimp.
For more information and to make your reservation contact
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SBTAs power lunch will be at IKEA Tampa on March 26 at 11.45 am. Guest speaker is mr Saffi Mildton from Fortune-High-Tech Marketing.
Cost for the lunch is $20, please make reservations to
For more information about SBTA go to

International Business Summit in Tampa

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Make sure to attend this interesting event on March 11 Higgins Hall Tampa.
There will be Scandinavian entertainment, join this event and cheer for Scandinavia!

SBTAs February power luncheon

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For the first time SBTAs power luncheon will be held at IKEA Tampa Bay. On February 26 at 11.45 am Swedish food such as meatballs, gravlax, Swedish ham, a la IKEA will be served.
Contact for more information.

Swedish Club of Tampa Bay - Happy Hour

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February 19th 7 pm at Bahama Breeze - 3045 North Rocky Point Drive E., Tampa, FL 33607 Phone: (813) 289-7922 -

Pea Soup and Pancakes in Sarasota

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Traditional Swedish pea soup made of dried yellow peas and bacon is sooo good, add Swedish thin pancakes with whipped cream and lingonsylt and you have a heavenly meal of the best Swedish comfort food. The Swedish Club of Sarasota is hosting a Peasoup and Pancake event on March 7 at 3 pm in the St Armands Key Lutheran Church, Sarasota. I will take my family for a drive to beautiful Sarasota and enjoy pea soup in the company of the nice and friendly Swedes of Sarasota!  

Nobel Prize Winner to Speak at SBTA's Power Luncheon

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Latest news from SBTA:

" We just got confirmed that the 1973 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics Mr. Ivar Giaever has accepted to speak at our upcoming Luncheon & Annual meeting.

Don't miss this great opportunity on Friday..

Mr. Giaever is in Tampa for just a limited amount of days so it is a great honor to have a Scandinavian Nobel Prize winner to address SBTA and answer questions from us.

SBTA is really gearing up for a new and exciting year and I'm happy to announce that we are growing and have received additional members in 2009.

We are proud to recently have received recognition as Tampa Bay's leading trade and networking organization within the Scandinavian-American business community in central Florida by the mayor of Tampa, Greater Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, the World Trade Center, University of South Florida and  and the participation at the 2010 International Business Summit this spring".

Time and place

Friday January 29th at 11.45 am. The price for the lunch is $20.
Place: Landry's Seafood House, 7116 W Courtney Campbell Cswy, Tampa, FL 33607
Send reservations and questions  about the 2010 membership to info@scandbalt,org

SBTA's Julbord 2009

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The Lucia celebration was one of the highlights of the SBTA's annual Christmas party.

Lucia and Julbord 2009

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Go to a Lucia Celebration and Julbord event this year!
 I have listed some of them here, if you know of a Lucia event I have not mentioned please let me know and I will add it.

SBTA mingle photos

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We would like to thank SBTA for the opportunity to speak at your luncheon last Friday. The editor met with several interesting entrepreneurs in the Tampa Bay area. There will be articles about Swedish and Scandinavian business owners in Florida. Click on read more for mingle photos of some of Tampa Bay’s Scandinavian movers and shakers.  

Editor will speak at the SBTA luncheon today

The SBTA luncheon will be held today, Friday, at Landry's Seafood House, 7616 W Courtney Campbell Cswy, Tampa, FL 33607 at 11.45 am. See you there! Do not forget to bring a big smile as our junior photographer will be there.

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