Swedish Midsummer Party 22 June 2019

Celebrate Midsummer with us on Saturday 22 June in Bronte Beach Park.
More details coming soon!

YP After Work 4 April

Come and join us for AW drinks at Shark Hotel. AW are organised first Thursday every month.

Look out for YP and SACC updates on Facebook 

See you there!



Raoul Wallenberg Exhibition Event 4 April

Raoul Wallenberg – to me there’s no other choice

Every person can make a difference. Moral courage, tolerance and personal responsibility.

The Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg is a reminder that we constantly need to fight racism and stand up for human dignity.

Join us on Thursday 4 April at this joint Swedish Community event to view the “Raoul Wallenberg – to me there’s no other choice” exhibition, followed by a panel discussion on what Raoul Wallenberg’s legacy means today. The panellists are all prominent members of the Australian community, using their voices and platforms to influence human rights. What drives them? What challenges do they see? How do you find the courage to do the right thing even if it involves personal risks?

The panellists for the evening are:

  • Craig Foster, Former Socceroo, SBS Broadcast Presenter, Member Multi-Cultural Council of Australia and Amnesty International Ambassador.
  • Renata Kaldor, AO (Australian Order – recognising outstanding members of the community). Philanthropist Mrs Kaldor is a businesswoman and co-founder of The Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law (UNSW) and fled Eastern Europe in the – aftermath of Second World War.
  • Munjed Al Muderis, Associate Professor, Prof Munjed Al Muderis is one of Australia’s leading orthopaedic surgeons. As a young doctor, he fled Iraq because he refused to obey orders under – Saddam Hussein’s regime.
  • Mark Grentell, Director, Producer and Writer. Mark Grentell’s recent film The Merger is a story of a humble rural footy club battling xenophobia. The film was the centrepiece Gala at MIFF 2018 and is now shown at film festivals around the world.


  • 6:00 – 6:30 Viewing of the Raoul Wallenberg exhibition, mingle 
  • 6:30 – 7:30 Panel discussion, followed by Q&A
  • 7:30 – 8:00 Please stay for the mingle afterwards and continue the discussions!

Where: Waverley Library Galleries, 32-48 Denison St, Bondi Junction, NSW, 2022 When: Thursday 4 April, 6.00-8.00pm

Register for free here using promo code SWEDISHCOMMUNITY

Drinks and light refreshments will be served. This event is a joint event and sponsored by:



SACC Melbourne – Nordic Engagement Lunch 3 April

Welcome to the ‘Nordic Engagement Lunch’! 

The Nordic Engagement Lunch is a monthly event held at Denmark House on the first Wednesday of each month. Bringing together members of all Scandinavian business networks, the lunch promotes Scandinavian friendship and business engagement.

Bookings are essential – please contact Andrew Proctor at Denmark House to RSVP. $35 pp includes Smorrebrod, Beer and Aquavit.

When: Wednesday 3 April 2019 at 12:00pm

Where: Denmark House, Level 3/428 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Price: $35 pp includes Smorrebrod, Beer/wine and Aquavit

Please feel free to invite guests. 

Nordic Engagement is run by Denmark House in partnership with the Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish Australian Chambers of Commerce in Melbourne. Bookings are essential – please contact Andrew Proctor at Denmark House to RSVP on [email protected]

See you there!

EuroMix Lunch Sydney 3 April

EuroMix is back on the 2019 calendar

Please join us for this informal, yet stylish stand-up business networking lunch in Sydney CBD. EuroMix is open to all European Chambers and their extended networks. Catch up with your European contacts and expand your business network. We only have 100 tickets available so make sure to book now so you don’t miss out!

#Austria # Estonia #Finland #Germany #Ireland #Italy #Malta #Netherlands #Norway #Portugal #Slovenia #Spain #Sweden #Switzerland

Light lunch will be served.
Time: 12 – 2 pm Wednesday, April 3rd 2019
Venue: Sparke Helmore Lawyers, L29 MLC Centre, 19 Martin Place, Sydney
Tickets: Members – $49 / Non Members – $59

Entrepreneurial Inspiration New Event Date 28 March

The Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce Perth WA Chapter presents:

An Evening of Entrepreneurial Inspiration”

NEW EVENT DATE: Thursday 28 March, 6-8pm, South of Perth Yacht Club

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the ‘Evening of Entrepreneurial Inspiration’ will not take place on 6 March as originally planned. A new date has been confirmed, and we hope you will be able to join us at South of Perth Yacht Club on Thursday, 28 March instead.

The entrepreneurs that will join us and present their thoughts on how to navigate the business landscape that is Australia, compared to that of Sweden are:

As our presenters will be sharing their stories of growth and success while doing business in Australia and Sweden, we will sit back and enjoy the sunset and breathtaking views of Perth’s city skyline.

6.00pm    Registration and networking
6.20pm    Welcome to SACC WA’s first event of 2019
6.30pm    Moderated discussion and presentation of Swedish entrepreneurs who operate their own businesses in Western Australia and Sweden

Where: South of Perth Yacht Club, Canning Beach Rd, Applecross WA 6153 – Parking is free and easy onsite
When: Thursday 28 March 2019
Time: 6-8.00pm
Cost: SACC members $15, Non-members $25

Nibbles and drinks will be provided during the evening

Nordic Open Golf Day 2019

a short summary by Jonas Lindholm

Great day with the Nordic & Estonian Business Community meeting up for a Nordic Golf Day socialising and networking in a great atmosphere. Thanks to Nordic & Estonia Chambers for organizing and for the Moore Park GC for hosting a great day. Also a huge thanks to our Sponsors on the day; Charnock O’Brien, Candy People, DB Schenker, H&M, Finnair, iitalla, Kalmar, KingHill, Milla’s Vineyard & Volvo Cars Australia for making this day possible. And of course to all our talented players showing up on the Day!

The team event was a very competitive event where Team Charnock got to upper hand on Team Norway with the help of higher handicap. This means the Golf Trophy is kept by the Finnish Australian Chamber of Commerce. Team Sweden 2 won bronze, being 3 strokes behind the two top teams. Individual prices went to Eriika Wathen winning both women’s prices for Nearest to Pin and for longest drive. Longest drive male went to Per Holmkvist and nearest to the pin was won by Grant Bingham. Great achievements straight through.

All in all – a great fun day!

We already look forward to next year’s Nordic Open Golf Day which we believe will be even more fun & double in size – please let us know if you want to be involved!

Waverley Library

Launch of the Raoul Wallenberg exhibition 2 March 2019

The exhibition ‘Raoul Wallenberg – to me there’s no other choice’ was officially opened by Ambassador Pär Ahlberger on Saturday 2 March at Waverley Library in Bondi Junction. Professor Frank Vajda from Melbourne held a memorable keynote speech, describing how he was saved by Raoul Wallenberg in Budapest during the Second World War. Introducing the speakers was Jan Anger, son of Per Anger, who worked along Raoul Wallenberg at the Swedish Embassy in Budapest.

Frank Vajda delivering his keynote speach

Among the guests were two other survivors from Budapest, Erwin Forrester, from Sydney and Andrew Steiner, living in Adelaide.

The exhibition is presented by the Swedish Institute together with the Embassy of Sweden and with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. It details Raoul Wallenberg’s childhood, education and career and his assignment in Hungary to save as many people as possible from the Holocaust.

Raoul Wallenberg is the only honorary Australian citizen and at the exhibition you will find his honorary citizenship certificate as well as printed stamps from Australia Post.

The exhibition, which has been travelling Australia since 2015, will be shown at the library until 10 April 2019.

Waverley Library Galleries
32-48 Denison Street
Bondi Junction NSW 2022
Tel: 02 9083 8790Monday – Friday 9.30am – 9pm
Saturday:  9.30am – 3pm
Sunday:  1 – 5pm

Isabella Löwengrip and Pingis Hadenius at SACC

Löwengrip in Sydney

by Anna Alvsdotter

Influencer beauty entrepreneur found her perfect partner.
Now they’re about to make Australia glow.

If you haven’t heard of Blondinbella, you’ve probably lived under a rock for the past decade and a half.
Your other excuse would be residing in Australia, as her beauty brand is only just being introduced to our market through the Myer stores. The leading influencer in the Nordics with an audience of 1.5 million weekly followers, Isabella Löwengrip and her online alter ego Blondinbella have featured regularly in Swedish media.
Together with her perfect side-kick Pingis Hadenius, she runs businesses with a combined turnover of $10 million, and more than 50 employees. The pair has started several companies and co-written two books on economics.

An evening in early March, I have the pleasure of acting as moderator and interviewer during a sold-out event at the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship.
“It’s important to be a role model”, says Isabella. “I started my first blog when I was 14 when I moved out of home by myself. My followers have been with me for the entire journey. They’ve seen me going from nothing, being bullied at school, having acne, and I started my own company together with Pingis.
Today, it’s the fastest growing Swedish beauty company. I think being transparent, that they can see the entire journey, and being very honest about all sides in life. To show that anything is possible, and I think people love to follow other positive people”, Isabella explains.
“What you see with Isabella is that she dares to open up her life – it’s not the perfect, polished just beautiful images”, says Pingis. “It’s that as well, but it’s all the content behind, and you really get to follow a real person that you can relate to.” In business circles, they are relatively young. Isabella Löwengrip is only 28 and started a beauty blog when she was in her mid-teens. Being a leading influencer, her advice on how to handle negativity, ridicules and detractors is useful.
“If I get a hundred comments, and maybe ten of them would say that I’m too fat, or something about my skin… They can find anything [negative to say], and I think a lot of women maybe focus on the bad ten instead of thinking about the 90 positives”, she says.
“I don’t care about what people are saying. And maybe that’s my biggest strength in life. I NEVER care. I just want to be happy and run our business together, and travel and make people glow”. The bit about making people glow is a light-hearted way to slip in a little promotion of their latest product.
The tight connection between these two powerhouses is noticeable. Discussing the importance of open communication and honesty, Pingis Hadenius says they’ve never had an argument in all the years working together. “Of course we discuss things, but there’s never an emotional side to it. It’s never private, it’s always professional, what’s best for the business. Say I walked into [this event] here, and Isabella said, ‘What are you wearing, this is not the right outfit’. I’d just think ‘Ok that’s probably not good for the business’, and I’d just change my outfit. We can be so open and honest with each other”.

The two Löwengrip Beauty AB founders sparkle with enthusiasm, keen to share their story of entrepreneurial success and valuable start-up advice. The audience is even treated to the true story about their business partnership. “We realised we were seeing the same guy, so we got to know each other. And then we stopped seeing him, and then we started a company instead. And that’s much more sustainable”, Löwengrip states, in a matter-of-fact manner.
“You get something out of every relationship” adds Hadenius. “I noticed straight away how direct you are, and I love that myself. I remember sending you an email saying – Let’s write a book together, and you were like, OK!”

Writing their book on financial literacy, Economista, they set the tone for their future working arrangement.
Hadenius manages the business and sales, while Löwengrip’s role is mainly to be in charge of product development and the whole brand building. “You have to do what you love because every day is a struggle. You have to do what you’re passionate about.”

Recorded video from the seminar