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

An Acclaimed Norwegian Second World War Film.

We have been told about a film to be shown at Edinburgh University on 13 March.  The film will be preceded by an historical introduction by John Gilmour.  It promises to be a most interesting evening.

Here are the details:

Scandinavian Studies at the University of Edinburgh welcomes you to a private screening of Harald Zwart’s acclaimed Second World War drama, The 12th Man. The event takes place on 13.3.19 at 6pm in G.04 50 George Square. The screening is ticketed but tickets are free.

This will be a public event open to everyone. To secure a seat, please book a ticket via our Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/film-sceening-the-12th-man-2017-tickets-58001938359



The film was released to rave reviews, with 5 stars on iTunes and 86% on Rotten Tomatoes. Teo Bugbee of The New York Times had this to say:

“The 12th Man” depicts a Norwegian hero’s resistance to Nazism during World War II, centering on the true story of Jan Baalsrud (Thomas Gullestad), a rebel fighter who evaded capture for over two months during the German occupation of Norway.

The film begins when 11 of Jan’s comrades are taken prisoner by Nazi soldiers. One is killed immediately, while the other 10 endure torture first on their way to death, a fate that surely awaits Jan if he fails to reach neutral Sweden. He starts his flight on foot, limping from the initial skirmish after losing a toe to a stray bullet. As Jan slowly makes his way to the border, he is pursued relentlessly by a high-ranking Nazi officer, Kurt Stage (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), even as frostbite and gangrene force Jan to rely ever more on the protection of friendly Norwegians. In “The 12th Man,” escape is a matter of endurance.

In his direction of Jan’s exodus, Harald Zwart lingers on the Arctic Circle location of this hero’s ordeal. The mountainous borderlands bring the threat of extremities lost to cold, the challenge of crossing streams when the touch of water might chill you for days. Sleds and sleighs become vehicles of guerrilla warfare; reindeer are fashioned into allies; daring escapes are made on skis. The reward of Mr. Zwart’s attention to the unique details of this historical account is that Jan’s path to safety frequently shocks, offering scenes of defiance that are unfamiliar or unexpected. In a familiar genre, “The 12th Man” preserves the element of surprise by understanding its terrain (3 May 2018).

The screening will be preceded by an historical introduction by John Gilmour, joint editor of ‘Hitler’s Scandinavian Legacy’ whose research interests include the Second World War in Scandinavia. He is an Honorary Fellow teaching in Scandinavian Studies.’

NB: Due to the gory nature of some of the scenes, tickets will only be issued for adult admission.