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:



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.


Swedish Church Events in Edinburgh, March 2019

Further details about the Swedish Church visit to Edinburgh in March.

We have received a letter giving us further details about the Swedish Church visit to Edinburgh next month.  Here is what it says:

Hej, nu kommer vi snart på besök till Edinburgh!

Torsdagen 7 mars 2019 träffas vi för gudstjänst kl. 12.30 i Greenside Parish Church (1b Royal Terrace, EH7 5AB). Därefter samlas vi för lunch kl. 13.00 på Joseph Pearce’s bar (23 Elm Row, EH7 4AA).
Fredagen den 8 mars kl. 15.00 ses vi för fika på Hemma (Tunbuilding, 73 Holyrood, EH8 8AU). Fika och svensk film för barnen. En chans att prata svenska, byta böcker, mm…

Vi som kommer den här gången är vår nya komminister Teresia Derlén och diakoniassistent Kerstin Garplid.

Svenska kyrkan bjuder på lunchen och fika. För att veta hur många vi blir på lunchen den 7 mars så vill vi att du anmäler dig senast 27 februari till
eller på tel. 020 7723 5681.

Vi ser fram emot att ses snart!

Varma hälsningar,
Kerstin Garplid
Diakoniassistent / Lay Deacon
PHONE +442077235681
MOBILE +447860547271
6 Harcourt Street, London W1H 4AG

Brexit Briefing

Thanks a lot to everyone who joined the Brexit Briefing event earlier in the week. And a huge thanks to Jennifer Ang and Per Johansson for very interesting and engaging speeches.

Powerpoint presentationen är bifogad.

EU citizens’ rights and Brexit Edinburgh 23 Jan

Se länkar med information angående EU valet nedan

Brexit: Applying for Settled Status

The UK Government is now open for applications for Settled Status from EU Citizens.  At present the system is only available to those who have access to an Android smart phone.  It is supposed to become fully operational and available to others at the end of March.

Mrs May announced on 21 January that the fee of £65, previously announced, would not after all be levied when the scheme is fully operational, and will be refunded to those who apply earlier.

For details:

Brexit Information

Various seminars of relevance to our members have been arranged or are planned.  Please see the Events Page for the latest position and details of how to reserve a place.

From IKEA with Love

Thanks a lot IKEA for sponsoring the Scottish Swedish Society’s Lucia 2018 with saffron buns, gingerbread, coffee and hotdogs.

We hope this is the beginning to further collaboration with IKEA. IKEA also invited the Swedish School in Scotland for a guided tour of IKEA Edinburgh earlier this autumn. The children had a great time.

Thank you IKEA!

Who will be Lucia, 2018?

The Society has hosted Lucia celebrations in Edinburgh for many years.  This year we are trialling a new way to decide who will be Lucia.  There are only two guidelines.  They must be aged 15 to 18, (ie born 2000 – 2003) and they or their family must be members of the Society.  Naturally, they must also be willing to sing the Lucia song and other Swedish Christmas songs (nothing solo, so no pressure there). The Lucia procession, followed by a service led by Kristina Andreasson, a minister from the Swedish Church in London, will be at 3pm on Sunday 2 December with a rehearsal beforehand at 2pm.

If you would like someone to be put forward please send an email to before 15 November.  Please include the name and contact details of the young person who would like to be Lucia.  The Committee will then draw lots and announce who the lucky one will be.

If the person concerned is neither part of a family membership, nor an individual member, of the Society, they should join in order that their nomination can be considered.  This is simple to do through this website.  Go to the Member Services tab and follow the links.

Let’s Inherit the Earth

Back in June we posted about a Scottish Swedish joint production of a musical on climate change that was performed as part of the Fringe.  It was very well received.  You will find the details if you scroll back to the post of 16 June.

We have now heard that the show is going to tour around Scotland between now and 3 November.  They are going to so many places that one must be near your home!

All the details are on their website: Profilteatern

Well worth a look.