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TORONTO, June 14, 2011 /CNW/ – Swedish technology is playing a major role in helping Canadian hospitals operate more efficiently and realize significant cost savings, said Teppo Tauriainen, Sweden’s Ambassador to Canada, during a visit to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre today.

“Sweden is pleased with the contribution we’ve made to Canada’s health care system,” said Mr. Tauriainen, during a tour of Sunnybrook’s Medical Device Reprocessing Department – and its innovative system for cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing medical devices.

The advanced system was developed by the Getinge Group, a leading global medical company, headquartered in Getinge, Sweden. The company (pronounced Get-in-a) has operations in the areas of surgery, intensive care, infection control, care ergonomics and wound care.

In 2008, Sunnybrook became the first hospital in North America (and the third in the world) to install a bank of state-of-the-art Getinge 88 Turbo washer/disinfectors. Since the installation, the hospital has saved more than $340,000 annually.

The savings have come from reduced consumption of water, electricity, detergent and steam, as well as increased efficiencies. The automation of the washing and disinfection system has also resulted in significant productivity gains.

“The results have been outstanding,” says Abdool Karim, Manager of Sunnybrook’s Regional Processing Centre. “They prove that innovative technology can go a long way toward reducing costs, conserving resources and improving patient care in our hospitals.”

Getinge technology is delivering significant cost savings and productivity increases at many Canadian health care institutions, including Sunnybrook, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton and Markham Stouffville Hospital.

“We’re committed to developing and implementing health care technology that will benefit all Canadians,” said Doug Friesen, President of Canadian Operations for Getinge.

SWEDISH HEADLINE NEWS IN ENGLISH:

www.thelocal.se
www.swedishwire.com
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Swedish Companies and employees in the US AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT DOCTRINE IN THE US LAW

Please find attached above a link to a legal column written by Steve Suneson, ESq. Partner of Kavinoky Cook LLP and published in Affärsvärlden. The topic is the at-will employment doctrine in US law and related considerations for Swedish companies who have, or may be considering hiring, employees in the US, issues I confront when representing Swedish companies in the US.

Excerpt from the article, translated into English:

“One of the major differences between US and Swedish law is the at-will employment doctrine in the US. This area of law is often not sufficiently considered by Swedish companies when hiring employees in the US, perhaps because they are accustomed to the employee protections under Swedish law. The failure however to fully understand this doctrine may result in unnecessary expense if the Swedish company later wants to terminate a US employe”.

Please contact the SCCC or Steve Suneson for the English version of the article.

Please do not hesitate to contact me in English or in Swedish with any questions about the article or any other related US questions.

Steve Suneson, Esq.
Kavinoky Cook LLP
726 Exchange Street, Suite 800
Buffalo, NY 14210
tel: (716) 845-6000
fax: (716) 845-6474
www.kavinokycook.com

Email: ssuneson@kavinokycook.com

Stockholm 2010

SVT World, the international channel of the Swedish public service broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT) is now available via IPTV (digital TV via Internet) in the USA and Canada.

Programming:

SVT World is a full-service channel with programs covering a multitude of subjects – news, drama, public affairs, debates, sports events, children’s programs and entertainment. Most programs are transmitted simultaneously with the Swedish transmissions. SVT World broadcasts 24 hours a day CET (Central European Time).

Program schedules are available in 24 different time zones on our website svt.se/svtworld – Menu “TV Tablå”.

As teletext does not work in North America news flashes from SVT´s teletext are broadcast on a separate channel with short Rapport news every 30 minutes between 19.00 and 00.00 EST.

Required for reception:

  • Internet connection with minimum speed of 1 Mbps (2 Mbps is recommended).
  • A set-top-box (STB) configured for SVT World which decrypts the TV signal.

Technical configuration:

SVT World is distributed encrypted via broadband and the reception requires a set-top-box (STB) configured for SVT World. The STB is purchased from our customer support ConNova but shipped within the USA and Canada upon completion of subscription agreement.

The STB connects to a Cable/DSL modem or Internet router and a TV, which means it is like watching “ordinary” TV.

The STB for SVT World does not prevent using other set top boxes for reception of other channels via satellite or cable. It is also possible to use a recordable DVD or VHS.

Benefits with IPTV:

  • All households with access to Internet can receive the channel.
  • No dish is needed.

Fees & Charges:

The subscription fee for private households is USD 19,50 per month (1 year subscription) or USD 25,50 per month (6 months’ subscription). In addition to this there is a one time only cost of USD 154. The shipping of the set top box costs USD 14.99 in the USA or USD 25 in Canada.

Subscriptions for consulates, embassies, associations etc, please contact our customer service ConNova TVX. Subscription & technical support Subscriptions are placed online on our customer support

ConNova’s website www.connova.se,
Contact: svtworld@connova.se, +46 141 20 39 10
(08.00-17.00 CET).

MEDIA WATCH – NEWS

VIKING SHIP FOUND
For the first time in Sweden’s long history, marine archaeologists have uncovered the wreck of a Viking ship lying in the mud at the bottom of Sweden’s biggest lake. The Swedish coastguard had a group of 50 scuba divers surveying Lake Vänern’s bottom, when they stumbled across the 20-metre long wreck.

“Never before has a Viking shipwreck been found in Swedish waters,” marine archaeologist Roland Peterson from the Vänern Museum told The Local newspaper. He explained that several Viking boats had been unearthed in Sweden before, but all of them had been on dry land.

Divers took wood and iron samples from the ship, as well as a sword and spear found within the shell of the vessel, which is covered in sediment one meter thick. Experts will now test the specimens to confirm that it is a Viking ship.

“We can’t be sure of anything until we get the dating results back, which could take around a month. But the sword did seem semi-familiar,” said Peterson. The Swedish coastguard and the Vänern Museum are conducting the joint survey to look for shipwrecks at the bottom of Lake Vänern.

Six other shipwrecks have been found within a 100-metre radius of each other. Three of them were literally lying on top of each other. Peterson feels confident the latest find is a Viking ship, but the origins of the other six ships remain unsure
Source: Icenews

Nordic Countries top the list in Reading Newspapers

According to Janne Virkkunen, the Chairman of the International Press Institute (IPI), Helsinki, Finland and other Nordic lands are model countries for Freedom of Speech and are rated right at the top in all International Statistical Rankings of Freedom of speech. Nordic countries come under the 17 per cent of the World’s population, where the Press and Media Freedom is very high.
http://www.scandinavianleadership.com/

ECONOMIC WATCH

Times Topics: Warren E. Buffett THE financial world is a mess, both in the United States and abroad. Its problems, moreover, have been leaking into the general economy, and the leaks are now turning into a gusher. In the near term, unemployment will rise, business activity will falter and headlines will continue to be scary.

So … I’ve been buying American stocks. This is my personal account I’m talking about, in which I previously owned nothing but United States government bonds. (This description leaves aside my Berkshire Hathaway holdings, which are all committed to philanthropy.) If prices keep looking attractive, my non-Berkshire net worth will soon be 100 percent in United States equities.

Why? A simple rule dictates my buying: Be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful. And most certainly, fear is now widespread, gripping even seasoned investors. To be sure, investors are right to be wary of highly leveraged entities or businesses in weak competitive positions. But fears regarding the long-term prosperity of the nation’s many sound companies make no sense. These businesses will indeed suffer earnings hiccups, as they always have. But most major companies will be setting new profit records 5, 10 and 20 years from now.

Let me be clear on one point: I can’t predict the short-term movements of the stock market. I haven’t the faintest idea as to whether stocks will be higher or lower a month — or a year — from now. What is likely, however, is that the market will move higher, perhaps substantially so, well before either sentiment or the economy turns up. So if you wait for the robins, spring will be over.

A little history here: During the Depression, the Dow hit its low, 41, on July 8, 1932. Economic conditions, though, kept deteriorating until Franklin D. Roosevelt took office in March 1933. By that time, the market had already advanced 30 percent. Or think back to the early days of World War II, when things were going badly for the United States in Europe and the Pacific. The market hit bottom in April 1942, well before Allied fortunes turned. Again, in the early 1980s, the time to buy stocks was when inflation raged and the economy was in the tank. In short, bad news is an investor’s best friend. It lets you buy a slice of America’s future at a marked-down price.

Over the long term, the stock market news will be good. In the 20th century, the United States endured two world wars and other traumatic and expensive military conflicts; the Depression; a dozen or so recessions and financial panics; oil shocks; a flu epidemic; and the resignation of a disgraced president. Yet the Dow rose from 66 to 11,497.

You might think it would have been impossible for an investor to lose money during a century marked by such an extraordinary gain. But some investors did. The hapless ones bought stocks only when they felt comfort in doing so and then proceeded to sell when the headlines made them queasy.

Today people who hold cash equivalents feel comfortable. They shouldn’t. They have opted for a terrible long-term asset, one that pays virtually nothing and is certain to depreciate in value. Indeed, the policies that government will follow in its efforts to alleviate the current crisis will probably prove inflationary and therefore accelerate declines in the real value of cash accounts.

Equities will almost certainly outperform cash over the next decade, probably by a substantial degree. Those investors who cling now to cash are betting they can efficiently time their move away from it later. In waiting for the comfort of good news, they are ignoring Wayne Gretzky’s advice: “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been.

I don’t like to opine on the stock market, and again I emphasize that I have no idea what the market will do in the short term. Nevertheless, I’ll follow the lead of a restaurant that opened in an empty bank building and then advertised: “Put your mouth where your money was.” Today my money and my mouth both say equities.

Warren E. Buffett is the chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway, a diversified holding company.

SOURCE: ARTICLE FROM NY TIMES SENT IN BY ROY STRAUB, RBC ROYAL BANK, TORNOTO

Study Destination Sweden – Master’s Programmes Taught in English This brochure is a compilation of basic information from each institution about Master’s programmes offered in English at institutions of higher education in Sweden. A few doctoral/postgraduate programmes taught in English are also included.

Facts: Tourism in Sweden 2007
In this publication, tourism and the travel and tourist industry in Sweden are illustrated from a large number of different perspectives, such as supply and demand, tourist expenditure, economics, volumes and behaviour

Swedish innovations – revised edition

Many well-known innovations and discoveries, both modern and historical, have Swedish origins. This book presents technical products and methods which represented a sufficiently high degree of innovation to be granted patents and which went on to achieve great commercial success. As a result, many of these innovations have since become familiar household names, whereas others have played an important role in the business sector.

Author Kjell Sedig provides us with a valuable insight into some of the more recent Swedish innovations that have won international acclaim. His account also takes us back to the days of Sweden’s “Universal Geniuses” and their discoveries and inventions.

The Sami – an Indigenous People in Sweden describes what it is like to be a Sami today, what it was like in the past and what it may be in the future.

Sweden & Swedes

A brief and concentrated illustrated account of what Sweden and the Swedes are. “We are something as incongruous as a small nation in a big country, a young civilization in an old state.

In less than a century, Sweden has evolved from a dirt-poor, backward agrarian country to one of the world’s most modern, sophisticated industrialized nations and welfare states – a feat well worth of taking pride in”. This folder will tell you how, and why.

To order this publication at www.swedenbookshop.com

RADIO SWEDEN

Radio Sweden has been Swedish Public Radio’s international channel since 1938 . Radio Sweden caters to Swede’s abroad and to “swedophiles” around the world in 10 languages. You can listen to broadcasts in Swedish, English, German, Russina and Belarusian. There are also programmes in Arabic, Aramaic, Kurdish, Farsi and romany. Radio Sweden broadcasts on shartwave, medium-wave, satellite, Digital Radio Mondial and over the Internet.

For a brochure with all transmission times please contact the SCCC office.

DEMOCRAPHIC STUDY OF CANADA’S NORDIC PEOPLE

The Lakehead Social History Institute, Lakehead University, announces it first research report “Nordic People in Canada”: A study in Demography 1861-2001, by co-Director Ernest Epp, which analyses Canadian census data dating back to 1861 as these statistics relate to the Nordic people in Canada.

Produced in support of the Institute’s Swedes in Canada Project, the report examines the Canadian Population of Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish origin. People of Scandinavian origin have all too often been lumped together by Statistics Canada and its predecessors. Statistics for this population at the county and census division level have only been published for 1911, 1921, 1931 and 1941. Study of the various Scandinavian groups before and after these dates requires careful comparison at provincial populations, where the distinctions are drawn, and the local Scandinavians totals.

The report is an essential aid to study of each Nordic population in Canada.

The report discloses that there are a total of 236,655 individuals with Swedish and partial Swedish origin living in Canada.

The most individuals with sole/partial Swedish origin were found in the Provinces of British Columbia: 14,880/62,925, Alberta: 11,175/49,160 and Ontario: 7,320/37,330 (figures given refer to the population in 1991)

To order a copy of the report (available from the Institute for $19.95 plus $5.00 for shipping): Nordic People in Canada: A study in Demography 1861-2001 visit: http://www.swedesincanada.ca/Publications.htm

SWEDES IN CANADA PROJECT

Very little serious research has been undertaken so far about the history of Swedes in Canada. One of the reasons is that, unlike some other ethno-cultural groups, there is no specific funding for the Swedish-Canadian experience. The Lakehead Social History Institute, recognizing this lack, has taken up the challenge to sponsor the Swedes in Canada project. An experienced Thunder Bay historian, Elinor Berglund Barr, who is an Associate of the Lakehead Social History Institute, has been designated as researcher and writer including the development of a Swedish Immigrants in Canada database.

For more information on this very interesting project please visit: Swedes in Canada

Here are some fascinating facts that has surfaced during the research for the project: Swedes in Canada: (source: www.swedesincanada.ca) Find more fascinating facts on the website.

Did you know?

  • that more than 175 place names in Canada are of Swedish origin?
  • that Lord Selkirk’s 1812 settlement at Red River included three Swedes?
  • that the Augustana Synod established the first of Canada’s forty-eight Swedish Lutheran congregations at New Stockholm, Saskatchewan, in 1889?
  • that a Swedish-language weekly newspaper was published in Winnipeg from 1892 until 1970?
  • that noted Canadians of Swedish descent include broadcaster Pamela Wallin, Judge Tom Berger who headed the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline inquiry, architect Arthur Erickson who designed Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto and the Canadian Embassy in Washington, and Ralph Gustafson who won the Governor General’s Award for poetry in 1974?
  • that Swedish Press, North America’s only Swedish monthly magazine, is edited and printed in Vancouver?
  • that a former premier of Alberta (1968-71), Harry Strom, was of Swedish origin?
  • that the hymn “How Great Thou Art” comes from a Swedish folk melody, and that the Swedish words were composed in 1885?

www.swedesincanada.ca/index.html

Swedish Government offices; Media

Publications and information material, legal documents, government bills and information material

www.sweden.gov.se/sb/d/574

SWEDISH NEWS

Daily Newspapers:
Business and Stock Market News
Dagens Industri.
Dagens Nyheter
Svenska Dagbladet
Aftonbladet

Stories you won’t find elsewhere. Swedish breaking news
www.einnews.com/sweden
www.allyoucanread.com/news/sweden

Better business in Sweden. Stockholm based business, Tax and management consultancy. Digital replicas of newspspapers from Sweden published online. www.PressDisplay.com

Business news from Stockholm
www.bas.stockholm.se

Swedish headline News
www.thelocal.se

Find your local Newspaper in Sweden
www.svenska-sidor.net/media/landsortspress.html

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CANADIAN NEWS

National Newspapers:

Provincial Newspapers

Direct links to Newspapers and Magazines in Canada:

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. TV News CBC

Canadian Business

Internet business news site
www.globeinvestor.com