Would you like to brush up your Swedish?

An English-speaking member who is wanting to improve his Swedish has suggested that it would be useful to set up a Swedish conversation group. The idea would be to meet on a regular basis for a general and informal chat in Swedish, perhaps with one or more fluent Swedish speakers to help people along where needed.
Quite a number of our existing regular activities take place during normal working hours, but the idea here is to find a time that allows people at work to come along.  Perhaps a weekday evening in a pub, for example.  It would take place in Edinburgh.
We undertook to sound out members to judge the level of interest. If you think this could be something for you, please let us know by email to: membership@scottishswedish.org  We will pass on all responses.

Edinburgh Coffee Mornings

The next Edinburgh Coffee Mornings will be as follows.

Tuesday 14 January, 10.30 – 12.00, at Kerstin Grant’s house in Balerno.

Tuesday 4 February, 10.30 – 12.00, at Christina Coltart’s house at Holy Corner, Edinburgh.

Contact the hostess to let her know that you would like to attend.

There is a coffee morning every month.  If you email Kerstin Phillips she will let you know future dates and where the hostess lives.  info@scottishswedish.org

Edinburgh University Conference on Nordic Branding

On 22 and 23 October. the University of Edinburgh is arranging an important conference entitled “Nordic Branding and the Reception of the Nordic Model”.  The closing address on 23 October will be given by Hallgrimur Helgason.

Full details are available in the conference booklet, here:


Everyone is welcome to attend, either the whole conference or just the closing address.  It is free.  Tickets are, however, required and can be obtained by following these links:




Scottish/Swedish Concerts in Glasgow & Kirkcaldy

We have just received the letter below.  Despite the short notice these concerts may be of interest to members.

My name is Paul Anderson and I’m a traditional Scottish Fiddle player from Aberdeenshire. At the moment I have the leading Swedish Nyckelharpa player with me doing series of concerts featuring traditional music from Scotland and Sweden called “Music of the North”. We’ll be performing at St Columba’s Gaelic Church on St Vincent Street in Glasgow tomorrow night [that is Wednesday 9 October] and at the Kirkcaldy Acoustic Music Club on Thursday night [10 October]  It never occurred to me to get in touch earlier but do you think any of your members might be interested?
Peter whom you may well know or have heard of has been a key figure in taking the Nyckelharpa from near extinction to a point where there are over 10,000 players in Sweden now. He’s been a two time World Champion, performed at Swedish Royal weddings, performed with Benny Anderson’s folk group and is one of only 20 people to have been awarded the gold Rikkspeilman medal (folk music laureate).
Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you if you have any questions.
The website is :

Edinburgh Coffee Mornings, Autumn 2019

Det har varit en lång sommar men nu när det börjar bli kyligare och Festivalen är över vore det roligt att ses igen.  Barbro Wright i Penicuik bjuder oss på kaffe onsdagen den 16 oktober.  Ring henne om du tänker komma,  07434 418 535.  Onsdagen 6 november är du bjuden till mej, Kerstin Phillips.  Mitt telefon nummer är 0131 667 5322 och jag bor nära Kings Buildings i Edinburgh.  Kaffemorgonen börjar klockan 10.30 och vid 12 tiden åker vi hem.  Om du behöver hjälp med att hitta så prata med värdinnan.  Välkommen!  Om du har möjlighet att bjuda in oss på kaffe under de kommande månaderna, kontakta mej.  Du behöver inte alls baka men något till kaffet vore gott.  Det väsentliga är ju att vi träffas och kan prata med varandra.

Swedish Church: October Visit to Edinburgh

We have just had some details of the October visit to Edinburgh.

Svenska kyrkan I Edinburgh, torsdag-fredag 3-4 oktober

3 oktober kl. 12.30 Gudstjänst, Greenside Parish Church, 1b Royal Terrace, EH7 5AB
3 oktober kl. 13.00 Lunch på Joseph Pearce’s Bar, 23 Elm Row, EH7 4AA
4 oktober kl. 15.00 Fika på Hemma. Vi bjuder på fika med lekhörna för barnen. Tunbuilding, 73 Holyrood Road, EH8 8AU

Musica Nordica Midsummer Festival

Members may be interested in  this one-day event in Edinburgh on 22 June.

The organisers describe it like this:

On Saturday 22nd June 2019, MUSICA NORDICA is holding its first ever one-day midSUMMER FESTIVAL at St Columba’s by the Castle Hall, Edinburgh: a seasonal celebration of Nordic and Scottish woods and music at the height of summer.  With live performance drawn from the folk and classical traditions, alongside workshops, exhibition and experience, we will celebrate the enduring connection between music and landscape.
As well as celebrating midsummer in music, this is the moment for MUSICA NORDICA to declare its commitment to sustainable practice within the performing arts: uniting creativity, conservation and wellbeing by bringing together practitioners, retailers and agencies who share our aims.

Sweden Day in Edinburgh

The Swedish Embassy has planned a celebration of Sweden Day in Edinburgh on 8 June. We have now had the details.

In the morning there will be a service with the Swedish church at 11:30-12:30.  This will take place in St Martin’s Episcopal Church, 232 Dalry Road, Edinburgh EH11 2JG.

The Embassy will then host the Sweden day at Akva, between 1 pm and 4 pm.

The Ambassador and the Lord Provost will say some words of welcome at 1:30 and then the Swedish Choir in Edinburgh will sing a few songs.

That will be followed by Swedish fika, with jordgubbstårta and kanelbullar, and with a few games going on (tipspromenad, mingelbingo, något för barnen). (The Embassy is trying to find somebody who could make midsommarkransar, for a small cost. Can you?)

Hopefully there will be lots of people and we’ll have a good time celebrating summer!  If you would like to attend, please register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sweden-day-celebration-in-edinburgh-tickets-61578756719

Temporary Swedish Teacher for Beginners needed

We have heard that a temporary teacher is needed to cover the last four weeks of the Beginners Swedish course at Edinburgh University.  Can you help?  Textbooks, detailed lesson plans and slides to explain almost everything are provided.


Dates:  Wednesday evenings 6.30- 8.20 PM from 29 May-19 June 2019

Level:   Swedish Beginners 3 * term 3

Number of Students: 16-18

Location: Charteris Land, Holyrood Campus (off Holyrood Rd)

Contact Person: Jeannette Rissmann  (Language Coordinator) Jeannette.Rissmann@ed.ac.uk

Or call: Centre for Open Learning (COL) Reception at Edinburgh University

( ph.) + 44 (0)131 650 4400

Or  Email: col@ed.ac.uk