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Swedish National Day Observed in Seoul
Amb. Vargo Hosts Gala Reception at Hyatt Hotel
By Ted Gim
Staff Reporter
Swedish Ambassador to Seoul Lars Vargo (left) and his wife, Mrs. Eva Vargo, greet guests at the Swedish National Day reception held at Hyatt Hotel in Seoul on June 4, 2008.

Swedish Ambassador to Seoul Lars Vargo and his wife, Mrs. Eva Vargo, hosted a gala dinner reception at Seoul's Grand Hyatt Hotel on June 4, 2008 on the occasion of the Swedish National Day.

The reception, held under the title of "Take Note of Sweden," drew hundreds of guests. The 700-plus guests included some 90 top foreign envoys serving in Seoul, scores of top CEOs of local and foreign companies, and local media people.

Business booths were set up for such Swedish brands as Ericsson, Volvo, and Saab in the spacious Grand Ballroom of the hotel. A cappella version of legendary Swedish singing group "Abba" songs could also be heard at the reception.

The Swedish ambassador also offered scholarships to two students of HUFS (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies)' Department of Scandinavian Languages, arranged by SWEA (Swedish Women's Educational Association).

Swedish Ambassador to Seoul Lars Vargo (fifth from right) and his wife, Mrs. Eva Vargo (to his right), pose for camera with VIP guests at the Swedish National Day reception held at Hyatt Hotel in Seoul on June 4, 2008.

What Is Swedish National Day?

The National Day of Sweden is celebrated in Sweden on June 6 every year. The day was made into a national day by the Riksdag (Swedish parliament) in 1983, before which it was just revered as the Swedish Flag Day or Day of the Swedish Flag.

The tradition of celebrating this date began in the 1920s, in honor of the election of King Gustav Vasa in 1523, as this was considered the foundation of modern Sweden.

UAE Ambassador to Seoul Abdulla Mohammed Al-Maainah (left) and his wife Mrs. Aida Al-Maaina (to his right) pose for camera with other VIP guests at the Swedish National Day reception held at Hyatt Hotel in Seoul on June 4, 2008. Third from left is US Ambassador to Seoul Alexander Vershbow.

What Is SWEA?

SWEA, Swedish Women's Educational Association, is a global organization for Swedish and Swedish speaking women who are currently living or have lived abroad.

Joining all members via our common language, ethnicity, and culture, SWEA becomes both a meeting place and a safety net having connections around the world. This makes life easier while living abroad and also supports members when moving back to Sweden.

SWEA's Goal is to preserve the Swedish language, support and spread Swedish culture and traditions, help create personal and professional connections, as well as establish a world wide network of SWEA members.

For details or inquiries please contact the Swedish Embassy in Seoul at 738-0846 / 1149.

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Ted Gim serves as staff reporter of The Seoul Times. He studied tourism management at a S. Korean university. He spent three years in England and Ireland, studying and living there. He studied tourism at a English college for two years. He covers tourism industry as well as diplomatic community in Seoul.






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