WHAT’S ON: Events for English speakers in Sweden in January

Here's our list of events geared towards English speakers taking place across Sweden during January. If you have any that you'd like us to add – whether it's language exchanges, social meet-ups or anything else – please let us know.

WHAT'S ON: Events for English speakers in Sweden in January
Pack your January with fun and informative events. Photo: Helena Wahlman/


Launching A Startup (“Do Or Do Not. There Is No Try.” – Yoda)

Where: Norrsken House, Birger Jarlsgatan 57c, 113 56 Stockholm

Date and time: January 15th, 6.45pm-9.15pm

Event by: Stockholm Entrepreneurs

If you are interested in launching a start-up in 2019, you may want to attend Stockholm Entrepreneurs’ event. The panel – with participants to be announced soon – will be followed by a workshop. There will also be chances to mingle.

International Student Festival

Where: Hell's Kitchen, Sturegatan 4, 114 83 Stockholm

Date and time: January 17th 11.45pm – January 18th 5.00am

Event by: International Student Festival

The International Student Festival brings international and local students together for a night of celebration. A good way to start the spring semester!

The Local's January after-work mingle

Where: Hard Rock Café, Sveavägen 75, 113 50 Stockholm

Date and time: January 31st, from 6pm onwards

Event by: The Local

Come for a drink and meet the team behind Europe's English-language news site The Local, mingle with other members of Sweden's international community, and chat to some of the inspiring people who have made headlines over the past year.

The event is FREE for Members of The Local, but guests and other readers can pay 100 kronor at the door or 75 kronor if you sign up in advance (the entry price includes one month's Membership of The Local and discounts on food and drink at the event).


Philosophy Tea at Regina Theatre

Where: Reginateatern, Trädgårdsgatan 6, 75309 Uppsala

Date and time: January 22nd, 3pm-4pm

Event by: Reginateatern

Peter Wallensteen and Daniel Ogden will open the spring 2019 philosophy tea talks with a discussion on French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau and his ‘Discourse on the Moral Effects of the Arts and Sciences’. Each session lasts one hour during which tea and scones are also served.

Thursday seminar

Where: Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, Villavägen 6, Uppsala, Sweden

Date and time: January 31st, 1.15pm-3pm

Event by: Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University

This presentation, entitled ‘Localising the Global – Resolution 1325 as a Tool for Promoting Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in Rwanda’, will focus on UN Resolution 1325 and the agenda of ‘Women, peace and security’. The talk will be held by Diana Højlund Madsen, Senior Gender Researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute.


Science Park Recruitment Fair

Where: Science Park Mjärdevi, Teknikringen 10, 583 30 Linköping

Date and time: January 24th, 12pm-4pm

Event by: Science Park Mjärdevi

Looking for a part-time or a summer job? LinTek Enterprise, LARM2019 and Science Park Mjärdevi are organizing a large recruitment fair, gathering a diverse range of companies including start-ups and multinational firms with representatives to speak to.

Global Game Jam Linköping 2019

Where: Creactive Mjärdevi, Arenan, Teknikringen 7, 583 30 Linköping

Date and time: January 25th, 5pm- January 27th, 6pm

Event by: LiU Game Jam

A game jam is an event where programmers, artists and gamers come together and create video or board games. You will have 48 hours to keep your inspiration going and offer your own game experience.


The Power of Role Models

Where: Stendahls, Vasagatan 7, 41124 Gothenburg

Date and time: January 24th, 6pm-8.30pm

Event by: DataTjej

Female and non-binary members of the tech field will be part of inspiring panels aimed at encouraging female and non-binary persons to enter the coding industry. Pizza and drinks will be provided. One condition: become a member of DataTjej.


The Bridge Summit

Where: STUDIO malmö, Nordenskiöldsgatan 24, 211 19 Malmö

Date and time: January 30th, 9.30am – January 31st, 8.30pm

Event by: The Bridge Forum

Over two days, this event features talks and interviews on business and sustainability. The aim is to connect cities and regions of the world to expand transparency, trust and sustainable practices in the global market.


Lindy Hop Live!

Where: Ordenhuset Umeå, Skolgatan 48, 90327 Umeå

Date and time: January 12th, 8pm-12am

Event by: Swingum

After a one-hour introduction for beginners, you'll dance the energetic lindy hop to live music for three hours. No experience is required, and you will be able to enjoy food and drinks at the café open until 11pm.

Umeå University Welcome Fair – Spring 2019

Where: Universum, Umeå universitet

Date and time: January 23rd, 10am-2.30pm

Event by: Umeå Student Union

Around sixty student organizations, non-profits and companies will gathered at Umeå University, offering students there the chance to get more involved in university life.


An inconvenient truth

Where: Campus Gotland, Cramérgatan 3, 62167 Visby

Date and time: January 9th, 5pm

Event by: GHOST – Gotland Headquarters of Sustainable Thinkers

GHOST offers you the opportunity to watch former American president Al Gore’s 2006 documentary about environment and climate change. Snacks will be provided. 

Do you know of any events for English speakers taking place in Sweden in February? Click HERE to find out how to submit them to The Local's next what's on guide.


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WHAT’S ON: Events for English-speakers in Sweden in February

It's a good idea to go out and socialize during the dark Scandinavian winter. But where to go? Here's an overview of events taking place for English speakers in Sweden for February 2020.

WHAT'S ON: Events for English-speakers in Sweden in February
Looking for a fun activity to brighten up February? Priscilla du Preez / Unsplash


English Debate Club

Where: Cafe Dox, Stora Nygatan 31, Gamla Stan, 111 27

When: February 4th, 6pm – 8pm

Event by: The English Debate Club

The English Debate Club in Stockholm is a place where people can improve their English language and debating skills. Native English speakers who would like to brush up on their debating skills are also welcome. The event is free to attend.

Spanish tapas gastronomic workshop

Where: Ekhagsvägen 44, Östermalm

When: February 4th, 10am – 1:30pm

Event by: Anna Fernandez

Are you looking for some sunlight in the dark Swedish winter? Dive into the Mediterranean cuisine during this cooking workshop where you'll get started with Spanish tapas. Among other things, Spanish artichokes, tortilla and prawns are on the menu, and tickets are 950 kronor. 

Architecture, Food trends and Microgreens seminar 

Where:   Gärdesgatan 14, Stockholm 

When: February 6th, 5pm – 9pm

Event by: Istituto Italiano di Cultura Stoccolma

The Italian Trade Agency is organizing a seminar about sustainability, social engagement and the new shape of local production in the food industry. The event is part of the Stockholm Design Week, running from February 3rd to 9th. Anyone interested in developments in sustainable food production is welcome at the Italian Cultural Institute.

Workshop: What You Need to Thrive As a Freelancer and Entrepreneur

Where: Frey's Hotel Lilla Radmannen, Rådmansgatan 67

When: February 13th, 3.30pm – 5pm

Event by: Supreneur

For many people, the freedom of working as a freelancer is a dream. But what do you need to make your start as a freelancer or entrepreneur a success? This workshop promises to give you the necessary knowledge and tools to create a flying start with your projects. The events costs 120 kronor plus VAT per person.

How To Fall In Love, an improvised romantic comedy

Where: Pygméteatern, Vegagatan 17, 113 29 

When: February 14th and 15th

Event by: Half the Group

The show 'How to Fall in Love' is billed as “a romantic comedy that has never been seen before”. The performance is improvised and based on suggestions from the audience. Enjoy a Valentine's celebration with a difference at the Pygméteatern. Tickets are 200 kronor.

Old School Recreational Dodgeball

Where: Location available after registration

When: February 15th, 2pm – 4pm

Event by: Sport Friends Stockholm

Sport is a good way to meet new people in Sweden, and dodgeball may be familiar to you from school. It's a ball game where players from two different teams try to throw balls at each other while preventing them from being hit themselves. If you get hit, you're out. Attendance costs 50 kronor to cover the cost of venue hire.

Milo Edwards: Pindos

Where: Bacchi´s Pub och Restaurang, 5 Järntorgsgatan, 111 29 Södermalm

When: February 10th, 8pm – 10pm

Event by: Milo Edwards

Comedian Milo Edwards is taking his award-winning comedy show 'Pindos' to the Swedish capital. The show is about his experiences with living in Russia, where he “became a Russian TV star, got arrested in deepest Russia and discovered what happens when a country is run by a shirtless man on a horse”. Buy tickets via the Eventbrite site.


Joe Eagan presents: Malmö English Comedy Night

Where: Scandic Triangeln, Triangeln 2, 211 43

When: February 7th, 8pm – 10pm

Event by: English Comedy Malmö

This event marks the start of a new season of English Comedy Night at Scandic Triangeln. This show welcomes acts Stephen Carlin (Scotland) and Rahul Kohli (UK). Tickets cost 175 kronor for early bird tickets and 195 kronor for regular tickets.


Start your own business

Where: Ekska Huset, Sankt Petri Kyrkogata 4, Lund

When: February 6th, 1pm – 5pm

Event by: International Citizens Hub Lund

During this event Åsa Ohlsson from Coompanion Skåne and Helén Forssander from Lund Nyföretagarcentrum tell you all the ins and outs around starting your own business. What do you need to start your own company? And how to achieve success and build a network? You can join the event for free, but registration is compulsory.

Visit to Lund Cathedral

Where: Lund Cathedral, Kyrkogatan 4, Lund

When: February 21th, 10am – 11am

Event by: International Citizens Hub Lund

Did you know the cathedral in Lund is the most visited church in Sweden? The medieval building attracts over 700,000 visitors per year. The International Citizens Hub Lund is organizing a guided tour to this historic site. The event is free of charge, but you do have to register to attend.


Philosophy reading group: Essays in Love – Alain de Botton

Where: Svartbäcksgatan 19, 753 32 Uppsala

When: February 12th, 7pm – 8.30pm

Event by: Uppsala English Bookshop

The English Bookshop in Uppsala hosts several themed book clubs. This time the philosophy reading group is reading 'Essays in Love' by Alain de Botton. It costs 60 kronor for tea and cake, plus an extra 165 kronor if you want to buy the book. The event starts at 7pm, signing up for the event is possible by either dropping by the shop or contacting them via Facebook.


International Coffee Morning

Where: Cafe Birger – Bollbrogatan 1, 252 25 Helsingborg

When: February 11th, 9am – 10.30pm

Event by: Helsingborg International Connections

The International Coffee Morning in Helsingborg is a place to meet new friends and learn more about Helsingborg. The event is hosted every month at the library cafe near Stadsparken. Helsingborg International Connections organizes English-speaking events for the local international community more often and is available for anyone with questions about living, working and studying in Helsingborg.


Bear With Me comedy show

Where: Ågatan 39, 582 22 

When: February 13th, 8pm – 10pm

Event by: New York Legends

Three international comedians from Israel, Croatia and Russia join their forces at New York Legends in Linköping. The very well-reviewed show is about relationships, politics and the mysterious “Russian soul”. Tickets are 120 kronor online or 150 kronor (cash) at the door.


Thursday meetup and afterwork at a pub

Where: O'Learys – Skolgatan 64D

When: Thursday February 13th, 6pm – 8pm

Event by: Umeå Language & Culture Exchange

A meetup at a pub is always a good idea. The group 'Language & Culture Exchange' brings together native and non-native speakers of many different languages in the northern town of Umeå. Students, immigrants, expats or travellers are all welcome to join at the pub O'Learys at Skolgatan.


Yin Yoga in English

Where: Karl Johansgatan 84, 41455

When: Tuesday February 11th, 6.45pm – 7.30pm

Event by: Mindful Yoga

For those who need to become completely zen, you can go to Yin Yoga in Gothenburg. The lessons are taught in English. During the 75 min class, the focus will be on gaining flexibility and mobility and developing a habit of listening to your body.

Friday afterwork at Yaki Da

Where: Yaki-Da – Storgatan 47

When: Friday February 21th, 7pm – 1.30pm

Event by: Göteborg Expat Group

The Gothenburg Expats group organizes weekly events for internationals in the Swedish port city. The Friday afterwork is organized in the 'Yaki Da' pub. There is free pizza and drinks are half price 10pm.