Sweden’s National Day China celebrations

On Wednesday 6 June the Consulate General of Sweden in Shanghai invited diplomatic colleagues, Swedish organizations & companies, friends and families to attend the annual National Day celebration. SwedCham’s Shanghai office was present to explain their work in Shanghai and to play ‘put the tail on the Dala Horse’ with the children.

The Consul General, Ms. Lisette Lindahl, initiated with a welcome speech and thanked all the participants present, to be followed by a wonderful choir performance. The National Day Celebration is the biggest Swedish promotional event of the year, attended by more than 1,100 guests. Invited to participate was also several Swedish companies, such as Volvo Cars, Handelsbanken, Husqvarna, Electrolux and many more.

On the same day in Beijing the Embassy of Sweden invited diplomatic colleagues, Swedish companies and friends to attend the annual National Day event. SwedCham’s Beijing office was present to promote the Plastic Free campaign, as the Embassy’s focus this year is sustainability.

The Ambassador of Sweden to China and Mongolia, Mrs. Anna Lindstedt, initiated with a welcome speech and thanked all the participants present the Renaissance Hotel in Beijing. The National Day Celebration is the biggest Swedish promotional event of the year, attended by more than 1000 guests. Several invited Swedish companies, such as Volvo Cars, Volvo Group, Ericsson, Tetra Pak and AstraZeneca also exhibited.

The Plastic Free Challenge is a concept inspired by Swedish Chamber in Hong Kong, where member companies are challenged to minimise their plastic waste. At the National Celebration in Beijing SwedCham had prepared a Plastic Free quiz and the opportunity to win a chocolate box from Fillidutt, as well as a chart where the guests could write down their own ideas on how to minimise plastic waste, in order to raise awareness of this issue.

Amongst SwedCham’s member companies the following companies have joined the Plastic Free Challenge so far; KappAhl, Stora Enso, Arenco, Bamboo, Ericsson, Lyckeby, Nord-lock Group, Ericsson, Green Carrier, Sigma Technology, Elekta, Nilorn, Volvo Cars, Epiroc, Handelsbanken and SEB.

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The evening offered many surprises, including but not limited to a performance by Cherrie, Swedish R&B singer just back from a tour in the US, and Tulegur, a modern nomad group with roots from Inner Mongolia.

Source: SwedCham China

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