The Swedish Club Annual Christmas Traditions

Please join us in celebrating
The Swedish Club Annual Christmas Traditions
featuring Lucia and her Procession
on Saturday December 15, 2018
at First Evangelical Lutheran Church1311 Holman St, Houston (same venue as last year!)

Church parking is limited and street parking is metered until 6 p.m (the meter fee can be paid with cash or credit card);  but we are allowed to park in the Houston Community College lots on Holman and Francis streets.

3:30 PM – Lucia attendants / Star boys arrive
4:00 PM – Doors open to the public
4:30 PM – Lucia Procession
5:00 PM – Reception and Raffle

Dances around the Christmas tree will also be part of the festivities, as well as some traditional refreshments and music.

CALLING ALL ATTENDANTS AND STAR BOYS! Young people are always needed to be part of the program: boys (5-15) to be star boys, and girls (5-20) to be Lucia attendants.

Read more here.

God Jul och Gott Nytt År!

 

Election to the Swedish parliament in September 2018

General Election to the Parliament, City and County ( Riksdag, Kommun and Landsting) will take place in Sweden on September 9, 2018

Swedish citizens living abroad can vote in the Election to The Parliament (Riksdag)

Voting location:

The Consulate General of Sweden 3730 Kirby Drive, Suite 805 Houston, TX 77098

Opening hours:

August 16 – August 27, 2018 during regular opening hours Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 9.00 am – 2.00 pm

Monday, August 20, 2018 open 9.00 am – 7.00 pm Saturday, August 25, 2018 open 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

To vote you need the following:

– Be a Swedish Citizen, at least 18 years old and have lived in Sweden.

  • –  If you have lived abroad for less than 10 years (or have extended your
    right to vote within the last 10 years) you will receive a “röstkort” (voting card)
  • –  You will automatically be in the system if you voted in the previous election.
  • –  You will be able to vote even if you have not received your voting card “Röstkort”

Please bring valid Swedish ID (passport or körkort) along with your voting card. (If you don’t have your voting card we can print one out for you.)

As a Swedish citizen living abroad you will need to extend your right to vote every 10 years to not fall out of the electoral register (röstlängden).
This can be done via Skatteverket (anmälan för ny adress/röstlängd för utvandrad) and is needed if you want to vote by mail.

Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences Announcement

The Nobel committee, announcing the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in Stockholm, said that it was honoring Professor Thaler for his pioneering work in establishing that people are predictably irrational. The committee credited Professor Thaler for moving economics toward a more realistic understanding of human behavior. “In order to do good economics, you have to keep in mind that people are human,” Professor Thaler said at a news conference after the prize was announced.

Mobile Passport Station

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The Embassy in Washington, DC offers a special consular service by using a mobile photo station that enables Swedish citizens to apply for regular passports at a number of Swedish Consulates in the U.S.

The mobile passport station will be in Houston on March, date to be determined.

To request an appointment please email houston@consulateofsweden.org or call (713) 953-1417.

You need to provide the following information:

  • Full names of all applicants
  • Personal numbers (personnummer) or coordination numbers (samordningsnummer) for all applicants
  • Resident status in the U.S.
  • Swedish passport expiration date
  • Daytime phone number and email address
  • Preferred time and date

Bring the following to your appointment:

  • Your old Swedish Passport
  • Other ID such as US Driver’s license
  • Visa or Green Card
  • Certificate of Naturalization if you are a US citizen
  • Money in cash or check (the deposit will be deducted)

For Children please bring:

  • Guardian Certificate signed by both parents

http://www.swedenabroad.com/SelectImageX/118344/Guardian_Certificate.pdf

  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage License of the parents

Coffee with the Consuls

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This is a reminder to join us on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 for Coffee with the Consuls: Doing Business with Sweden, sponsored by long-time series underwriter, PKF. The Honorable Astrid Marklund, Honorary Consul General of Sweden, will provide an update of Sweden’s business climate, the business opportunities between Sweden and the U.S. and Sweden’s connections with Texas. The Consul General will be joined by Jonas Dahlstrom, Vice President of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce, Texas. Mr. Dahlstrom also serves as the VP of Finance for Nynas Petroleum Inc.

This program is an exclusive opportunity to learn about trade prospects from our Swedish business counterparts and expand your professional network within Houston’s global business community.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 | Breakfast from 8:00 a.m. | Program: 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Partnership Board Room | 1200 Smith Street, 7th floor, Houston, TX 77002
Visitor Parking: Allen Center | 300 Clay Street, Houston, TX 77002

COST: Member: $30 | Nonmember: $40

HAVE QUESTIONS? Contact Amber Margraves at amargraves@houston.org or 713-844-3651.

Complimentary Sweden-inspired breakfast will be served.