SXSW I Austin March 9 – 18, 2018

This year Scandinavian Airlines provided charter flights between Stockholm and Austin, Texas.

They also rented a restaurant across the street from the main entrance to the Convention Center.

During SXSW it was called SCANDINAVIAN HOUSE. It was a great meeting place for all Scandinavians and events were held there hosted by each Scandinavian country.


This year the Scandinavian House and SXSW was visited by Crown Prince Harald of Norway.


Among many Swedish groups we met wilt “Emma Elisabeth”.

We also met with a Saudi women’s rights activist Manal al-Sharif


Book Review of “The Sandman” at Murder by the Bookstore

Swedish author Lars Kepler will sign and discuss The Sandman (Knopf; $27.95)

Lars Kepler is the pseudonym of the critically acclaimed husband and wife team Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril. Their internationally best-selling Joona Linna series has sold more than ten million copies in forty languages. The Ahndorils were both established writers before they adopted the pen name Lars Kepler, and have each published several acclaimed novels. They live in Stockholm, Sweden. Translated by Neil Smith.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – 6:30pm

At: Murder by the Book Store 

2342 Bissonnet St.

Houston, TX 77005

Mobile Passport Station

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 on March 20 – 22, 2018.  To request an appointment please email  or you can call (713) 953-1417.

You need to provide the following information for your reservation: 

  • Full name of all applicants
  • 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 applicant by check or credit card payment. 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
  • Remaining payment of $ 125 by credit card, check or cash. Total charge is $ 175 including fedex fee.

For Children please bring:

  • Guardian Certificate signed by both parents

  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage License of the parents


A Man called Ove

A man called Ove 2

Don’t miss Sweden’s selection for Foreign Language Film to 2017 Oscar Nominations.

The film is based on the bestseller by Fredrik Backman


River Oaks Theatre, October 7 – 14, 2016

Screenings at 1.30pm, 4.15pm, 7.00pm and 9.40pm

River Oaks Shopping Center, 2009 West Grey, Houston, TX 77019

Stepping from the pages of Frederik Backman’s international bestselling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife’s grave, Ove has given up on life. Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flattens Ove’s mailbox while moving in and earning his special brand of ire. Yet from this inauspicious beginning an unlikely friendship forms and we come to understand Ove’s past happiness and heartbreaks. What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it’s shared. 

One of Sweden’s biggest locally-produced box office hits ever, director Hannes Holm finds the beating heart of his source material and Swedish star Rolf Lassgård, whose performance won him the Best Actor award at the 2016 Seattle Int’l Film Festival, affectingly embodies the lovable curmudgeon Ove.

Swedish Artist at Inman Gallery


Sigrid Sandström was born in 1970 in Stockholm, Sweden and currently Professor of Fine Arts at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm. She studied at Cooper Union School of Art, Academie Minerva, Groningen, The Netherlands (BFA 1997), attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2000) and received an MFA in Painting from Yale University in 2001. She has exhibited widely since then, with solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Houston and her native Sweden. Sandström’s work was included in the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston’s 25th anniversary exhibition, Perspectives @ 25. Her first solo museum exhibition, Ginnungagap: Recent Works by Sigrid Sandstrom, was mounted in 2006 at the Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA. Curated by Robin Held, it was accompanied by a full- color catalogue. Sandström’s video work was featured in the 2005 solo exhibition Her Black Flags:Video projections by Sigrid Sandström, at Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA.

3901 Main Street,
Houston, TX 77002
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 11.00 am – 6.00 pm