Swedish Bestseller on Kindle

The Swedish sisters Astrid, Lena and Sandra have struggled to get along since childhood. Astrid’s predictable world is shaken by the return of her ex-boyfriend Michael, an American who abandoned her—and their infant son—years earlier.

The Heart Echoes was the most borrowed book in the Swedish library system the year it came out.

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

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  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage License of the parents

Sweden is on track to become the worlds first cashless society

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Sweden is on track to become the world’s first cashless society

Sweden is set to become the first cashless society in the world, researchers report, crediting the shift towards electronic-only transactions to a new mobile payment system called Swish, which facilitates real-time deposits with no minimum spend.

“Cash is still an important means of payment in many countries’ markets, but that no longer applies here in Sweden,” says Niklas Arvidsson from Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology. “Our use of cash is small, and it’s decreasing rapidly.”

Right now, there’s less than 80 billion Swedish crowns in circulation (about EUR8 billion) and Arvidsson says out of that, only 40 to 60 percent is actually still in regular circulation. The remainder has been buried in people’s backyards, in their sock drawers, or is being used for criminal activity. To give you an idea of how quickly the Swedes are rejecting cash, just six years ago, that figure was up around SEK106 billion.

There are a couple of main factors that appear to have contributed to Sweden’s rapid swift towards electronic-only transactions. Not only have businesses done away with the ‘minimum spend’ rule when it comes to EFTPOS and credit card transactions, but there’s been a huge uptake of mobile app called Swish, which is the result of a collaboration between several major Swedish and Danish banks.

The app allows for real-time transactions to take place, with users able to transfer money straight from their bank account to anyone else with a bank account, whether they’re at a restaurant, in a cab, or at the flea market. According to Arvidsson, the Swedes love Swish so much, it’s already revolutionising the local banking system, with several major banks refusing to accept cash at all, and as of late last year, four out of every five purchases in the country were being made electronically.

“Swedes are pretty trusting and we’re used to embracing new technology so this was the perfect solution,” Pia Stolt from Situation Stockholm, a local street paper sold by homeless vendors that made itself Swish-friendly early on, told The Guardian late last year. “The cashless society campaign we’re seeing in Sweden is definitely a good move as far as we are concerned – it’s unstoppable.”

The other factor at play is the country’s crackdown on money laundering and organised crime, which has set so many guidelines in place about cash use, most people just opt for Swish or bank cards.

“At the offices which do handle banknotes and coins, the customer must explain where the cash comes from, according to the regulations aimed at money laundering and terrorist financing,” says Arvidsson, adding that if any cash transactions are considered ‘suspicious’ by bank staff, they’re required to file a police report.

“In general, the rule of thumb in Scandinavia is: ‘If you have to pay in cash, something is wrong,'” writes Mikael Krogerus for Credit Suisse.

While Sweden is closer than any other country on Earth towards the goal of cashlessness, there are some major challenges to overcome first. Besides a possible uptick in cybercriminals trying to access bank servers and parents having to figure out how to responsibly give their 10-year-old child access to a debit card, pensioners who are unfamiliar with the technology, and those who don’t have access to it will continue to use cash in the near future, and cannot be discriminated against for doing so. Arvidsson points to a recent survey that showed two-thirds of Swedes think carrying cash is a human right, whether or not they actually want to do it.

“We like having our own currency and it fits in with the identity of being a Swede; we’re even releasing new banknotes in 2015,” he told Helen Russell at The Guardian. “So people like to know their cash is there, even if they don’t necessarily use it.”

NYA PENGAR I SVERIGE

NYA PENGAR I SVERIGE                                                                                       STÖRSTA SEDELUTBYTET NÅGONSIN

TEXT:ELLIKA NYQVIST LIVCHITS

Den 1 oktober 2015 blir nya 20-, 50-, 200-, och 1000-kronors sedlar giltiga betalningsmedel. De nya 100- och 500-kronors sedlarna kommer att gå att handla med i oktober 2016, liksom nya mynt i valörerna 1, 2 och 5 kronor. Bara den nuvarande 10-kronan överlever utbytet.

Lär dig att känna igen en falsk sedel för att inte bli lurad i övergången mellan gamla och nya pengar. En säker sedel känner du igen genom att vicka på den. Alla sedlar har ett motiv i högra hörnet som skiftar i olika färger. På 200 kronors sedeln med Ingmar Bergman finns en klappa som används vid filminspelningar. Vickar du på sedeln ska färgen skifta från grönt till guldorange och du ska även se valören 200 kronor.

Sedlar över 100 kronor har ett säkerhetsband till vänster om porträttet. Det står KR och vickar du på sedlen ska du kunna se en kungakrona. Förändringen är gigantisk. Över 300 miljoner sedlar och 1.7 miljarder mynt byts ut.

Motiv på de nya sedlarna är alla kulturpersonligheter:

20 kronor Astrid Lindgren                                                                                                    50 kronor Evert Taube                                                                                                     100 kronor Greta Garbo                                                                                                    200 kronor Ingmar Bergman                                                                                               500 kronor Birgit Nilsson                                                                                                   1000 kronor Dag Hammarskjöld

TÖM SPARBÖSSAN

Den 30 Juni 2016 är gamla 20-, 50- och 1000-kronorssedlar ogiltiga. Den 30 Juni 2017 är gamla 100- och 500-kronorssedlar samt alla mynt utom 10-kronan ogiltiga. Det kan finnas begränsningar för bank och handel att ta emot mynt så var ute i god tid.

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Regain Your Swedish Citizenship

During the Spring of 2015, a law was passed allowing one to regain their Swedish citizenship. This applies to Swedes who gave up their Swedish citizenship in order to become a citizen of another country.

 Click HERE for more information on how to regain your citizenship.

You will send your request directly to the Swedish Migration Board.
You will also send your payment of SEK 475 directly to the Swedish Migration Board

 For bank transfers:
The Swedish Migration Board’s bank is: Danske Bank

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