Thank you for celebrating Swedish Midsummer in person with us on June 12! We had not been able to do this without collaborating with the Vasa Order of America. It was a very welcoming and festive event that carried on the Swedish tradition, including dance around the Midsummer pole and smorgasbord with gravlax and baked salmon.
We are looking forward to seeing many of you again throughout 2021 celebrating Swedish traditions. Our next major event is a Swedish Crayfish party and we hope that you are able to join us.
On a business note, between June 5-15, 2021. SACC members across the U.S. participated in a web survey which consisted of nine questions. The SACC USA Business Survey was conducted by members of a diverse mix of entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors, and professional experts, as well as representatives of various organizations and academia representing locations in 37 states. A few highlights from the survey are that inflation will rise above the annual forecast of 2.6 percent and the low interest rate will not exceed 0.25 percent in 2021. At the same time, most members of the Chamber of Commerce believe that Swedish companies in the U.S. sell on quality rather than price as the main argument. See the full survey by clicking here.
I am happy to announce our very first trainee has just started to support SACC Carolinas.
Alma Lindkvist is 20 years old and comes from the small town of Lund in Sweden. She is studying at Lund University School of Economics and Management and she has a B.Sc. in International Business. Alma is currently working remotely from Sweden due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Her internship is limited to 10 weeks and we hope that during this time she will learn about SACC but also talk to many people and a chance to network with people close to her own age.
Many Americans are looking forward to travelling to Sweden again this summer. Following EU's recommendation to lift travel restrictions for Americans, Sweden is opening its borders beginning June 30. For more details please click here.
On June 29, Sweden lost to Ukraine in the European Championship, however, personally, I was very proud of the team and it was long time ago I saw them play that good. But soccer is like business, those that do not score end up losing.
On a local level, we have established a proven process for intra-company mobility with Swedish residence permit for training as well as companies in the US to host a trainee from Sweden on a J-1 visa. We are encouraging Swedish and American companies to make use of this opportunity to attract and maintain talented young professionals.
I will also take this opportunity to wish all members a Happy Summer and I know that many Swedish families will visit Sweden this year due to the ability to travel to their home country. Personally, our son and his family from Sweden are visiting us here in Greensboro, NC and we are happy to be with the grandchildren in person after more than two years.
Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July!
President of SACC Carolinas