Checking In On The Swedes We’re Watching This Year


Checking In On The Swedes We’re Watching This Year

Back in January, we pulled together 11 Swedes who we had our eyes on in 2018. There have been some wonderful celebrations and victories, but there also has been some tragedy.

Here’s an update on our list from the top of the year.

Alicia Vikander

Vikander saw box office success with “Tomb Raider;” the film raked in $273.5 million, just shy of the $274.7 million the Angelina Jolie version had. She doesn’t have another film slated for release until 2019.


The music streaming service officially went public. Shares currently are about $184.

Alexander Skarsgård

Originally, we thought “The Hummingbird Project” would be released in 2018, but it looks like that has been pushed to next year. And sadly, “Mute” released on Netflix earlier this year to less than stellar reviews.

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It’s still too soon to tell, but with the all hype leading up to the latest “Mission Impossible” film, we think Rebecca will relish in some success.

Max Martin

While Martin wasn’t listed on any of Justin Timberlake’s “Man in the Woods” tracks, he did work with Ariana Grande on her track, “God is a Woman,” according to The FADER.

Tove Lo

One of our favorite Swedish bad girls has had a mild, tame year thus far. She performed at NYC’s Pride event in June, where she pulled Icona Pop on stage for a performance, but other than that, all is quiet on the Tove front.


Tragically, Avicii died in April in Oman. He was 28 years old, and his death rattled the music world (and beyond).

Marcus Samuelsson

Samuelsson just launched a six-episode series on PBS called, “No Reservation Required.” He appeared on Stephen Colbert to promote the show, where the duo made cricket-dusted fried chicken.

Swedish Olympians

Overall, Sweden ranked sixth by medal count. Olympians took home seven golds, six silvers and one bronze medal.

Swedish Men’s Soccer Team

We’re still high off the fact that Sweden made it to the quarterfinals, only to get knocked out by England.

Rasmus Dahlin

We profiled the Swede this spring, and as predicted, he was the first player selected in the NHL Draft. He’ll be playing for the Buffalo Sabres next season.

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