Election to the Swedish parliament in September 2018

On September 9th 2018 there is a general election to the ‘Riksdag’, ‘kommun’ and
‘landsting’ (parliament, city and county) in Sweden. Swedish citizens living
abroad can vote in the election for ‘Riksdag’ (parliament) at the Swedish
consulate in Houston.

-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) about 2 months before the election. You only have to make sure
that Skatteverket has your correct home address.

-If you have lived abroad for more than 10 years you must apply to keep the
right to vote. See:

Opening hours for the Election is:

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

Ingmar Bergman 100 years

The Swedish institute and the Swedish Film institute will celebrate the
Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman who in 2018 was born 100 years ago.

Films will be screened at the following locations

August 24 – 26, 2018 Films will be screened at MFAF (Museum of Fine Arts Film)

September 7, 2018   Reception and film will be screened at Rice University, a separate invitation will follow

September 8 – 9, 2018 Films will be screened at Rice University

September 14 – 16, 2018   Films will be screened at MFAF

September 21 – 23, 2018   Films will be screened at MFAF

September 28 – 30, 2018   Films will be screened at MFAF

Royal Swedish Ballet

Visit the Dance Salad Festival to see the Royal Swedish Ballet from Stockholm with a pas de deux from a highly acclaimed Mats Ek’s Juliet and Romeo set to music score by P.Tchaikovsky.

WHEN: Thursday, Friday and Saturday- March 29, 30 and 31, 2018, 7:30 pm.

WHERE: The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
Zilkha Hall, 800 Bagby Street, Houston, TX 77002

Total price of tickets: $25-$59. To buy tickets and find more details go to: www.dancesalad.org


Lingon & Dill are winners!

Lingon & Dill, won the Desert category at the Houston Rodeo BBQ cookoff.

Lingon & Dill is a Swedish team competing in BBQ contests in Europe. This year they were invited to the Houston Rodeo BBQ contest.


Other competing International teams were from Australia, Ireland and Japan.

The Swedish team won the Desert category with their famous Chocolate and

Banana desert — made in a Dutch oven.


This was the first win by an international team in the entire 44 year history of Houston BBQ cook off.

The team was lead by chef Morgan Lundin, from Skärbacka, Sweden.  If you ever drive by, please try their lunch restaurant.  www.lingondill.se

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 houston@consulateofsweden.org  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 Symposium with 2017 American Nobel Laureates

November 14 at 1 pm in House of Sweden, Washington DC

The event will be live streamed and available at: YouTube.com/EmbassyofSweden

ASK your questions on Twitter with #SWEnobelUSA

Physics “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves” Kip S. Thorne (in attendance), Barry C. Barish, and Rainer Weiss (in attendance)

Chemistry “for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution” Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank (in attendance), and Richard Henderson

Physiology or Medicine “for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm” Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash (in attendance), and Michael W. Young (in attendance)

Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences “for his contributions to behavioral economics” Richard H. Thaler (in attendance)

Moderator: Dr. Alan I. Leshner

Nobel Peace Price Announcement

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to the “International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons”. The group, a Geneva-based coalition of disarmament activists, was honored for its efforts to advance the negotiations that led to the treaty, which was reached in July at the United Nations.

“The organization is receiving the award for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee said in a statement.

Nobel Prize in Chemistry Announcement

Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on October 4th 2017 for developing a new way to construct precise three-dimensional images of biological molecules.

The Nobel committee said the technique, cryo-electron microscopy, could lead to “detailed images of life’s complex machineries in atomic resolution,” enabling biologists to study aspects of cells that were previously invisible.

Nobel Prize in Physics Announcement

The Nobel Prize in Physics was on 3 October 2017 divided, one half awarded to Rainer Weiss, the other half jointly to Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne for the discovery of ripples in space-time known as gravitational waves, which were predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago but had never been directly seen.

Dr. Weiss will receive half of the prize of 9 million Swedish Kronor and Dr. Thorne and Dr. Barish will split the other half.