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



Want to sponsor Sweden Day 2015?


To sponsor please click the button below:

On June 6, SACC-Georgia will have one of our big events of the year, Sweden Day. The event is organized together with the Consulate of Sweden in Atlanta and in cooperation with SWEA.

It is one of the official events of the year for the Swedish-American Community in Georgia, and a great occasion for the community to celebrate Swedish heritage and the long historical bonds between Sweden and Georgia. In addition to networking, the evening includes catered food, refreshments and musical entertainment!

You have the opportunity to sponsor Sweden Day. By sponsoring Sweden Day you will help us maintain an enjoyable celebration of this annual Swedish tradition. All contributions for this event will be accepted, yet if you wish to receive additional benefits, please see Sweden Day 2015 Sponsorship Package.

Thank you!



Newsletter March 2015



Read the March Newsletter issue here.

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SACC’s Member Appreciation Reception at Arnall Golden Gregory March 4th 2015 – Pictures

Wednesday March 4th SACC-Georgia  was excited to once again show our members, the heart and soul of this organization, some extra appreciation on our Member Appreciation Reception. Old members, current members and potential future members and supporters of the chamber were all invited to participate in an evening of networking, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments at the beautiful office of AGG.

SACC-Georgia’s Chairwoman Christina Searles Tai held the welcoming remarks to our members and the event turned out to be a great success with around 60 guests.

We would like to once again give a big thanks to all the guests that came out and joined us for this evening, and special thanks to our members and sponsors Arnall Golden Gregory LLP who were kind enough to host the event for us in their beautiful office building.

Pictures from the event below:

Danish American Chambers of Commerce presents The National Danish Performance Team Gala Show


The National Danish Performance Team arrives in Atlanta on Saturday, March 7, and will spend a week working with schools in classrooms, workshops, training gymnastics and giving talks. Students that participate in gymnastics will learn a dance routine and be invited to appear in the Gala Show on:

Saturday, March 14 at 7:00 pm at Marietta Middle School, 121 Winn Street, Marietta.

Don’t miss the breath-taking Gala.

Click here to purchase tickets

The National Danish Performance Team is 27 top-level gymnasts who travel the world for six months each year. They are known for their high-level performance show that combines gymnastics, dance, and vaulting. Their goal is to inspire people toward a healthy lifestyle.

The Swedish mobile passport station coming to Atlanta

The Swedish mobile passport station will visit Atlanta, GA on September 16-17, 2015
Due to the biometric features of new Swedish passports anyone who wishes to apply for or renew a Swedish passport must normally apply in person at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington DC. The Consulate in Atlanta does not have the necessary equipment to accept passport applications or issue passports.
However the Embassy also offers a special consular service by using a mobile passport station that enables Swedish citizens to apply for regular passports at a number of Swedish Consulates in the U.S. This mobile passport station will visit Atlanta, GA on September 16-17, 2015.
If you would like to make use of this service to apply for a passport in Atlanta please send an email to using the Subject line Atlanta Appointment Request with the name, email address and cell phone number of each applicant.
Appointment requests are only processed by email. No phone requests.
Subject: Atlanta Appointment Request 
Applicant: Sven Svensson

Applicant: sara svensson

You will receive an email confirmation with the date, time and place for your passport application appointment.
For any questions about the passport application process please contact the Embassy directly at tel. (202) 467-260
Consulate of Sweden
470 East Paces Ferry Road NE
Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30305