International Night at IMC Georgia

On June 18, the IMC of Atlanta’s International Business Community hosted a gathering of diverse professionals.

Co-Host organizations were the Ecuadorian-American Chamber of Commerce, the French American Chamber of Commerce of Atlanta, the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, the Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia and the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce – Georgia.

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Trip to Savannah with Mr Göran Lithell, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Sweden in D.C.

In connection to Sweden Day 2015 special guest Mr. Göran Lithell, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, went together with the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce-Georgia (SACC-GA) and members from the chamber on a visit in Savannah on June 4th. All members from SACC-GA was invited to join us on the trip to Savannah.

The Swedish delegation was hosted by the World Trade Center Savannah and Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA). The visit included a private tour of the Georgia Ports Authorities, a round tour at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), a lunch at World Trade Centre Savannah and in the evening SACC-GA hosted a reception at Restaurant Pacci in the historic district of Savannah. The Swedish delegation also had the opportunity to go on a guided tour at IKEA distribution center.

Photos taken by: Frida Akerberg, Julia Dang & Sara Henriksson

Pictures from Sweden Day 2015

Sweden Day is the event organized by SACC-Georgia, The Consulate of Sweden in Atlanta, and cooperating organization SWEA in celebration of the National Day of Sweden. The event was held in beautiful Magnolia Hall, Piedmont Park with around 100 guests who all had the opportunity to network with the Honorary Consul of Sweden, Mr. Mikael Norin, special guest Mr. Göran Lithell, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington D.C.,  representatives from the Mayor’s office among other invited dignitaries, and the Swedish-American community in Georgia.

The guests enjoyed catered food with a Swedish twist from Petite Auberge, listened to Swedish traditional music performed by Tim Rued, and finally traditionally joined in singing the National anthem of Sweden “Du gamla, Du fria”.

Photographer: Candice Greathouse


A big thanks to our sponsors who made it all possible!

Platinum Sponsors: Partnertech & Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Gold Sponsors: Thomas Concrete, Embassy of Sweden in Washington D.C., Scandinavian Festival Foundation

Silver Sponsors: Autoglo, Assa Abloy, Epic Insurance Brokers & Consultants, Korn Ferry, Miller & Martin, SWEA

Bronze Sponsor: Beryl Farris, Metro Atlanta Chamber, Habif Arogeti & Wynne LLP (HA&W), Tycho Stahl

Inaugural Golf Tournament Winner Announced

On May 19 SACC-GA hosted a golf tournament at the beautiful Berkley Hills Country Club. It turned out to be a great day with golf, networking and lots of fun.
Congratulations to the winners, Jan Meijer and Caroline Donohue, with a score of 58!
Caroline was also the player that came closest to the pin.
We are thankful to the SACC-GA golf committee; Jan Meijer, Jonas Jarvholm and Hans Olof Lofstrand, for taking the initiative and making this possible!

Pictures from European Social Mixer 2015

On Tuesday, May 12, 2015, nine European Chambers* co-hosted the European Social Mixer at the Glenn Hotel in Downtown Atlanta. The panoramic city views and relaxed atmosphere were enjoyed by more than 160 attendees.


  • Belgian Chamber of the South
  • British American Business Group
  • Finnish American Chamber of Commerce of the Southeast, Inc.
  • French American Chamber of Commerce of the Southeast, Inc.
  • German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc.
  • Netherlands American Chamber of Commerce of the Southeastern U.S.
  • Polish American Chamber of Commerce of the Southeast U.S.
  • Swedish American Chamber of Commerce
  • Swiss American Chamber of Commerce

Get to know Sweden Day entertainer Tim Rued!

Hello there Sweden Day entertainer Tim Rued, 

Tell us a little about yourself!

“My name is Tim Rued, born and raised in California. As of May, I am 65 years old.  I am married and have 3 grown daughters, and 3 young grandchildren.

When I was 14, I began playing old-time traditional music with my grandparents, and graduated to fiddle when I was 16. When at college in Seattle, I came into contact with Scandinavian musicians and dancers, and playing the fiddle for dancing became my main off-campus activity.

In the early 1970’s I worked as an engineer in Glendale, California, and got connected with the Swedish Folkdance Club of Los Angeles. My music became more and more important to me, and when the Swedish dance group planned a tour  of Sweden in 1974, I signed up to go along. One thing led to another, though, and I wound up backpacking through Sweden with my fiddle beginning in March, joining up with the Los Angeles group when they arrived in June.  I met hundreds of fiddlers, learned an astonishing amount of music, became fluent in the language, and essentially became an “adopted” Swede.

I have gone back to Sweden many times since then, often leading groups of people on “folk tours” of the country, exposing my companions to the music, folk culture, traditional foods, and more.  My two-week tours in the summertime always include at least 3 music festivals, as well as staying in places that the typical tourist never sees.”

What is it that is so special about authentic Swedish music?

“Authentic Swedish folkmusic is one of the richest forms of “people’s music” I have ever come across. It is carried on by tradition, sometimes father to son for many generations. It is filled with subtle rhythms and unusual chord progressions, and beautiful melodies. It is a working music, traditionally played not just for dancing, but for weddings, traveling, church services, funerals, and more.  Seldom heard in the US, the music still is easy to listen to, and is great as background music for non-dancers and non-Swedes alik

How would you describe your music?

The Swedish music I play involves a huge repertoire of tunes of all sorts from every corner of Sweden.  While I specialize in music from Gästrikland, Hälsingland, and Uppland, I also play music from Värmland, Jämtland, Småland, and all the other provinces of old Sweden as well. Most of my music is played on the fiddle, but I also play nyckelharpa (key-fiddle). This old instrument is traditional in Uppland, and has a special echoing voice that is at once thrilling and beautiful.  While it shares the repertoire of the fiddle, there is no other instrument that can compare with its sound. On my first trip to Sweden in 1974 I was introduced to the nyckelharpa, and I have played it ever since.

What would you tell someone who hasn’t yet decided whether or not to attend Sweden Day?

“To those who are considering attending Sweden Day, I would say that it is much more than just celebrating one’s Swedish-American heritage. It is a chance to learn more about a country that has a history going back more than a thousand years. There is so much more to Sweden than meatballs and pickled herring!  For my part, I will be presenting some of the most wonderful music that I know of – music that has never been commercialized, but that comes direct from the hearts of musicians who have learned it from generations before them. Please come, and you will not regret it!”

Read the full interview here.


Inaugural Chambers of Commerce Golf Championship


Dear Golfers,

To further promote friendship and networking opportunities between members of bilateral Chambers of Commerce in Georgia, the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia –  SACC-Georgia – is inviting 2-person teams to the Inaugural Bilateral Chamber Championship.

Each 2-person team will represent its Chamber and Nation in an 18-hole round of golf in a best-ball competition based on HCP and compete with other 2 -person teams from participating Chambers of Commerce.

Please find a partner and join this golfing event at the Berkeley Hills Country Club – premier private golf course on May 19th, 2015.

Also take advantage of a pre-tournament clinic/lesson on the range by professional Swedish golfer Arvid Bengtsson (PGA Tour member and SACC member).

Tee off is at 2 pm on May 19, 2015.

Berkeley Hills Country Club. Berkeley Hills has a wonderful layout and is famous for having some of the best and fastest greens in the Atlanta area.

$70 per player. Fee will be paid at the golf course the day of the event.

Best-ball (2-person teams).  Each player on the team will play their own ball and the low score (with handicap) of the groups serves as the team score.

How to Register

Send us an e-mail with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Name of your team partner*
  • Information on handicap (official USGA handicap or estimated handicap)
  • Both players hcp index
  • Both players e-mail addresses

*If you do not have a partner, please let us know and we will help find one for you. 

If you are not yet a member of the Chamber please let us know if you are interested in a SACC-Georgia membership.

Register before May 12 by sending an e-mail to or call 770-670-2480.


To see the invitation, please click here.

We look forward to a great day of networking and golf among Chamber friends!

The SACC Golf Tournament Committee