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 February 2020 Newsletter


Sunday, March 15 at 3PM, Cinematheque (Cleveland Institute of Art)
Special Screening of the Film Paavo, A Life in Five Courses

Please join SACC-Ohio on Sunday, March 15, at 3PM for a special screening of Pavo, A Life in Five Courses. Meet Paavo Turtiainen in Person! This special screening with take place at Cinematheque, Cleveland Institute of Art, 11610 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106.

Before he became one of Manhattan’s foremost event planners and chefs, Paavo Turtiainen worked in Europe on and off for 12 years as the personal secretary and archivist for Ingrid Bergman. This documentary about him reveals how a towheaded Finnish farm boy came to live in Paris and Sweden with the great actress and her third husband, Swedish producer Lars Schmidt, learning the lessons of high-society hospitality while becoming Bergman’s trusted friend and confidante until her 1982 death. Isabella Rossellini and Pia Lindstrom also star in this epic film.

Paavo will join us for the screening and answer audience questions after the film. He may even surprise us with a few goodies later. A dessert reception open to all ticket holders will conclude the afternoon.

“A sumptuous feast for the eye and the heart…warm, witty, astonishing, and moving.” –Donald Spoto, author of Notorious: The Life of Ingrid Bergman.

Special event pricing:
$15 (General Admission)
$12 (Cinematheque Members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders and ages 25 & under)

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Invitation to Executive Forum 2020 June 4
House Of Sweden, Washington D.C.

SACC-USA and SACC-Ohio cordially invites you to our flagship event, the Executive Forum on June 4, 2020, in Washington D.C. The event is held in collaboration with the Embassy of Sweden. This year’s theme – The Forces of Change – will give the latest insights into business and politics.

The morning sessions will discuss the Trump administration’s latest trade policies and how different results of the 2020 U.S. elections can affect trade and business with the U.S. During the afternoon, we will explore how revolutionary technologies are changing the way we are doing business and how innovation might spur a sustainable future. During the last session of the day, recognized political pundits and politicians will debate and share their insights and predictions for the 2020 U.S. elections.

We will have high-level representation from both the U.S. Administration and the Swedish Government. The Executive Forum will include keynote speakers, panels, fireside chats and round table discussions. We are proud to announce that Koenigsegg will display their latest high-performance sports car during the event. Take this opportunity to gain exclusive insights and expand you network among Swedish and American top executives, experts and politicians.

To conclude the day, a cocktail and dinner reception will be hosted by H.E.Karin Olofsdotter, Ambassador of Sweden to the United States. Attendees are also invited to enjoy a dinner cruise along the Potomac River, the evening before the event, June 3.

The Executive Forum has been sold out three years in a row so please register at your earliest convenience. It is our honor and privilege to welcome you to the Executive Forum during this highly exciting election year.

Christer Bergman, Chairman
Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce, USA

Johan Marcus, President and Executive Director
Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce, USA

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January 2020 Newsletter


Global Cleveland attracts, welcomes and connects international newcomers to economic, social and educational opportunities in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. Their vision and goals include transformation of the City of Cleveland into an International Hub of Innovation.

Growing and tapping into Cleveland’s powerful economic ecosystem provides opportunity for individuals from around the world to learn, build, grow, and flourish. Global Cleveland embraces and cultivates a culture of inclusion and shared prosperity.

Cleveland boasts a rich cultural heritage and Global Cleveland will foster collaboration and support between all cultures and Greater Cleveland residents. This will set the table for Internationalization and economic growth.

Global Cleveland's mission is to promote globalization and regional prosperity through the active engagement of individuals, civic, cultural, corporate, faith-based, nonprofit and educational institutions.



Color and Comfort: Swedish Modern Design
What an event! Several people had already seen the art exhibit but commented that the program by Stephen Harrison, Curator of Decorative Art and Design, truly enriched their experience. Of course, L'Albatros Bar never disappoints...the apps and cocktails were delectable! The Color and Comfort exhibit runs through February 2020 so there is still time to see it if you missed this fabulous event!

IBN Holiday Event
SACC-Ohio was a sponsor of the annual International Business Network Holiday Luncheon again this year. This year's event was even better than last year with a conversation style keynote about IdeaStream's future programming, lots of wonderful auction items and gift baskets, loads of networking with other international chamber members and guests, and the food was delicious as always.


December 14 - Swedish Lucia Program
The Swedish Vasa community invites you to experience a Swedish Lucia celebration on Saturday, December 14, at 4:30 PM at Peace Lutheran Church, 3740 Mayfield Road, Cleveland Heights. The program begins with a winter concert of the Vasa Voices, directed by Judith Higbee, singing traditional winter and folk songs in Swedish. Following the vocal concert, the Lucia procession takes place.  Lucia and her attendants processing and singing traditional songs. Come and support these young people who learn to sing in Swedish. There is no charge for the Lucia program.

December 25 - Christmas Day Swedish Julotta Service
For another real Swedish tradition, you are also invited to the Christmas Day Swedish Julotta Service at 6:30 AM on December 25! The service is held at Peace Lutheran Church, 3740 Mayfield Road, Cleveland Heights. A light breakfast will be served afterwards.

January 23 - SAVE THE DATE for SACC-Ohio's Annual Meeting
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