IKEA Grand Opening in San Antonio

The new IKEA store in San Antonio opens up on February 13th. Visit IKEA Live Oak’s grand opening celebration for a day of fun for the entire family with lots of giveaways.

Don’t miss the IKEA float at the nightly Parade of Lanterns along the downtown portion of the River Walk. The Parade of Lanterns will run from February 9 to February 23 from 7pm to 9pm.

Read more about it here!

Mobile Passport Station, April

The Swedish 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, April 9 – 11, 2019

To request an appointment please email houston@consulateofsweden.org

or call (713) 953-1417

You need to provide the following information for your reservation: 

  • Full name of all applicantsOther ID such as US Driver’s license
  • Personal Number (personnummer) or coordination number
  • Resident status in the U.S.
  • Swedish passport expiration date
  • Daytime phone number and email address
  • Preferred time and date
  • Deposit of $ 50 per appointment. This will be deducted from the total charge.

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
  • Total charge is $175. We take Visa/ MC/ AMEX

For Children please bring:

  • Guardian Certificate signed by both parents. ( Download it here.)   
  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage License of the parents

Mamma Mia in Houston, February

Theatre Under the Stars presents a stunning production of the musical Mamma Mia.

Join in for the ultimate feel-good musical, Mamma Mia! See this stunning new production just for Houston audiences that will have you dancing in the aisles.

Directed by TUTS Artistic Director, Dan Knechtges, Mamma Mia! features 22 of ABBA’s greatest hits woven into a story about a mother, a daughter, three possible dads – and a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget. 

A celebration of love, laughter, family and friendship, Mamma Mia! is exactly what the world needs right now.

Tickets start at just $30. Get them here!

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!

 

Nobel Prize in Physics 2018

 

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 “for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics” with one half to Donna Strickland and Gérard Mourou “for their method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses” and the other half jointly to Arthur Ashkin “for the optical tweezers and their application to biological systems”.

 

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.