In the News: Five ThingsAugust 12, 2016
Each week, our editors highlight a handful of Swedish stories that catch our attention.
Sjöström, Johansson Star Early at Olympics
Sarah Sjöström has picked up three medals – a gold, silver and bronze – so far in Rio. She was brilliant in winning gold in the 100m butterfly, setting a world record and becoming the first Swedish female swimmer to ever win gold. Emma Johansson earned the silver medal in the women’s cycling road race – she also won the silver in the 2008 Beijing Games.
Sticking with sports, Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg was named Sweden’s captain for the World Cup of Hockey, which takes place Sept. 17-Oct. 1 in Toronto. Zetterberg, who has more than 300 career NHL goals, has been the Red Wings’ captain since 2012.
1 Billion and Counting
Swedish star Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” topped 1 billion YouTube views in the past week. According to Wikipedia, the video is the 27th most watched music video. Not bad, not bad at all… And a quick reminder: Avicii’s last show before his retirement is coming up on Aug. 26 in Belfast on Day 2 of Tennent’s Vital.
Welcome to the Club
According to Bloomberg, Swedish sisters Louise Lindh and Katarina Martinson became billionaires this week. The daughters of Swedish industrialist Fredrik Lundberg each own a 14 percent economic interest in Lundbergfoeretagen AB, whose stock has risen 28 percent in the past 12 months.
Let Them Eat Cake
The Austin-American Statesmen included a recipe for a Swedish Almond Cake (toscakaka) to pair with your coffee come fika time.