In the News: Saying Goodbye to a Beloved Swedish ActorJune 30, 2017
Michael Nyqvist, known for his roles in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “John Wick” and “Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” passed away on Tuesday in Stockholm at the age of 56. His family released a statement that the cause was lung cancer.
The New York Times recounted moments from Nyqvist’s life, from growing up in a Stockholm orphanage to his interests and passion for the arts to his career-starting role in the Swedish film, “Together.” He will be dearly missed, but he will live on through his work in film.
Also in the news…
Visa Partners with Swedish Startup
Klarna, a Swedish financial startup that allows shoppers to “buy now and pay later,” currently is working with more than 70,000 retailers worldwide, including Spotify, Disney and Samsung. During the Money2020 conference in Copenhagen, Visa announced it would take a stake in the startup, which currently is valued at $2.25 billion, according to Business Insider.
Boxers, Briefs or Bamboo?
Move over Calvin Klein, there’s a new luxury underwear making its way to the top and it’s made from Swedish forest waste. Forest waste, you ask? Allvar Underwear uses wood, like pine and spruce, as the base material for its products. According to Business Insider Nordic, after reading about other textiles made from wood, former PR-pro and Allvar founder Niklas Gilmark was inspired to create the brand. Let’s just hope they’re splinter-free.
Swedish Lapland is Getting Wilder
The top-quarter region of Sweden is Lapland territory – known for its wilderness, wildlife, scenic backdrops, arctic temperatures and beautiful view of the Northern Lights. In 2016, Rewilding Lapland was launched as part of Rewilding Europe, a pan-European organization working to make Europe a “wilder place” by restoring natural habitats and indigenous species. Earlier this week, CNN spoke with Hakan Landstrom, Rewilding Lapland’s managing director, to talk more about the project – there’s also an amazing gallery of images.
Gothenburg Sends Message of Acceptance at West Pride
Pride celebrations are providing safe and accepting environments for the LGBTQ communities around the world and Gothenburg’s West Pride is no exception. This year’s festival sent a strong message to the world – a message of acceptance – in preparation for EuroPride, which West Pride organizers are co-hosting in Stockholm in 2018. Curve Magazine captured the details from this year’s event.