Voting in the EU elections

The Consulate of Sweden in Arizona will be open for voting in the EU Election on Thursday, May 16, 10am – 2pm; and Wednesday, May 22, 10am – 2pm   The address is: Consulate of Sweden 8270 S Kyrene Rd Suite 104 Tempe, AZ 85284 You can find information here:–/

The End of Nordic Neutrality

Foreign Affairs, May 22 If Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ambition in invading Ukraine was to rein in NATO, it had precisely the opposite effect. In April 2023, Finland joined the alliance, more than doubling the length of NATO’s border with Russia, and in March 2024, Sweden became a member as well. As U.S. President Joe […]

Sweden Plans $7 Billion in Military Aid to Ukraine for 2024-2026

Bloomberg, May 22 The Swedish government will provide Ukraine with military support worth 25 billion kronor ($2.3 billion) annually under a new three-year framework announced Wednesday. The military aid in the 2024-2026 period could take the form of equipment donations as well as financial contributions and support for procurement of defense materials, the government said […]

European Table at Treffpunkt

European Table at Treffpunkt A special evening dedicated to all Europeans. Come meet and greet with the European Community in the Phoenix area! When:  May 14, 6-9pm Non-Europeans who are interested and want to learn more about Europe are welcome! TREFFPUNKT 14325 N. 79th Street STE AScottsdale, AZ 85260

Riksbank Cut Spells Brighter Outlook for Swedish Homebuilders

Bloomberg, May 10 Swedish homebuilders should start to recover later this year, boosted by the central bank’s decision to cut interest rates before its Eurozone and US peers. The value of orders is expected to tick up for Sweden’s three largest homebuilders, Skanska AB, Peab AB and NCC AB, brightening the outlook for the industry […]

In the galleries: Transformations in 20th century abstraction

The Washington Post, May 10 . . . It’s nice that the title of Anna U Davis’s Brentwood Arts Exchange show, “Road to Recovery,” is reassuring, since many of the images are harrowing. The Swedish-born D.C. artist is a breast cancer survivor whose depictions of medical procedures are jarringly vivid, even if her renderings are […]

Europe’s best long-distance hiking trails

CNN, May 10 . . . West Sweden’s quiet beauty is the star of the show on this 40-kilometer (25-mile), two-day hike. A circular route, it starts at Hyssna’s 12th century church, which can be accessed by bus from Gothenburg in just 40 minutes. The trail passes through towering beech forests and offers the opportunity […]

A Guide to Eurovision 2024

The New York Times, May 9 … The winning country gets to host the event the following year, and so here we are in Malmo, on the coast of Sweden — which won for a record-tying seventh time last year, with “Tattoo” by the singer Loreen. (This year also marks the 50th anniversary of Sweden’s […]

Eurovision explained, from ABBA to Zorra, as the song contest is shadowed by war

ABC News, May 9 Scores of musicians, hundreds of journalists and thousands of music fans have gathered in the Swedish city of Malmo, where the Eurovision Song Contest is building towards Saturday’s exuberant, glitter-drenched final. But even Eurovision can’t escape the world’s divisions. Thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters are also expected in the city for demonstrations […]