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US men date 60 Swedish women in new TV show

Love-hungry American men will date a bevy of Swedish women in a new programme to hit Sweden's TV screens on Tuesday night. The Local finds out more about their search for love across the Atlantic.

US men date 60 Swedish women in new TV show

The programme, Kärlek över Atlanten (‘Love Across The Atlantic’), follows three men from the United States as they speed-date 20 different Swedish women in hopes of scoring a Nordic girlfriend.

IN PICTURES: Get a closer look at the contestants

“The programme is a Swedish version of a successful Norwegian format (Sønner av Norge). Considering Sweden’s history with its sizable emigration to the US, it seemed like an exciting chance to give the programme format a chance here,” Programme Director Fredrik Lundberg told The Local.

“The viewers will be able to follow an emotional journey from Sweden to San Francisco with a lot of laughs, romance, tension, and nice scenery.”

One of the male contestants, the somewhat aptly named Mitchell Valentine, is a 33-year-old web designer from San Francisco.

“My grandfather was born in Sweden,” he said in a statement. “Swedish women are known for being among the most beautiful and intelligent in the world. The Swedish women I’ve known have all been adventurous, smart, well-educated, and really attractive.”

Meanwhile, Luke De Lorme, a 38-year-old IT entrepreneur, is on the lookout for someone resembling a young Sharon Stone. He remained crystal clear about what he was searching for in a Swedish woman.

“I have a heap of Ikea furniture at home that needs to be put together and I want some help,” he said.

In the eleven-part series, which premieres at 9pm on Tuesday night on Sweden’s TV3, the three Americans will travel to Sweden where they then take part in speed dates with 20 different women.

The men then choose four women each whom they bring back to the US in the hope that true love blossom across the Atlantic.

Over the course of the series, the men will narrow down their choice to just one Swedish woman.

In the show’s finale, the couples will then fly back to Sweden together to meet the families of the winning Swedish women and make the decision that could change their lives forever – to live happily ever after in the US, or Sweden.

The American contestants discuss how they dealt with any communication barriers

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The Bridge season four: What the first reviews say about the Nordic Noir finale

The final series of Scandinavian crime drama The Bridge (Bron) is set to premiere on New Year's Day in Sweden - and the first reviews give a clue what's in store.

The Bridge season four: What the first reviews say about the Nordic Noir finale
Cast and crew at the premiere of the final season. Photo: Björn Lindgren / TT

Almost a year after filming first began on the fourth and final series, there's less than a month to go until viewers can catch up with Saga Norén (played by Sofia Helin), and the first reviews appeared in Swedish media this week.

Warning: The reviews may contain spoilers for anyone still catching up on season three. Diehard fans, read on.

To refresh your memories, we left the third season with Norén forced out of her Malmö police job and agreeing to help her Danish counterpart Henrik Sabroe (played by Thure Lindhardt) find his missing children.

The fourth season picks up two years later. Norén is now in prison, convicted of her mother’s murder and waiting for her case to be reviewed.

Meanwhile, her Danish counterpart Henrik is working on a grisly case after the head of Copenhagen’s immigration office was stoned to death.

So far, it sounds like it has all the components fans of the series have come to expect, with a few twists and turns surely in store. But what did Swedish reviewers think of the series?

The Expressen tabloid gave the first two episodes a three out of five rating, saying that it was a “very promising” start and “exciting from the first second”.

Its reviewers praised Helin for “finding new ways to portray Saga” and for her “impressive interaction” with Lindhardt. However, a subplot, mysteriously described as “involving twins” was less impressive and described as failing to lift the show, though Expressen noted that it might develop more as the series progresses.

In the Aftonbladet daily, reviewers rated the show four out of five, saying that the team behind The Bridge have put together the final season with “the kind of casual and clear confidence that only those who know they have always been the best in class can afford”.

“The feeling is one of total control, and it convinces us that we won't be disappointed, whichever way The Bridge chooses to take for its final exit,” its reviewers said. 

The Aftonbladet review also gave a bit more detail about the new setting of the show. Unlike previous series, creators have already revealed that the final season will be set more in Denmark than in Sweden, and will no longer be city-based.

Show writer Hans Rosenfeldt has revealed that the setting would be more rural than in previous series, saying: “A small village outside of Malmö will be a major location.”

And according to Aftonbladet, the fourth series will feature “a very strange, cult-like village” run by an older woman.

Rosenfeldt has also previously said the upcoming season will reveal more about the characters' personal lives — and that it will be the goriest yet.

Viewers can catch the fourth and final episode on SVT on January 1st, 2018 and the remaining seven episodes of the series will be broadcast on Sundays.

READ ALSO: What we'll learn about Saga in The Bridge's final season