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

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

WHAT'S ON: Events for English speakers in Sweden in April
Former United States First Lady Michelle Obama, pictured in New York, is coming to Stockholm. Photo: TT/AP Photo/Frank Franklin II


Sustainergies: How to get a job within sustainability

Where: Geovetenskapens Hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 8, 10691 Stockholm

Date and time: April 3rd, 5pm – 6.30pm

Event by: Symbios – Miljöföreningen på Stockholms universitet

How does one get a job in an environmental organization? Ida Berg will hold a talk about careers in sustainability. She is a project manager at Sustainergies, an organization started as a non-profit which aims at matching newly graduated students with environmental companies and non-profits.

The Secrets of Stockholm’s start-ups

Where: Hedvig, Valhallavägen 117K, 11531 Stockholm

Date and time: April 4th, 7pm – 10pm

Event by: Hedvig

Why so many start-ups are created in Stockholm? What does the Swedish capital have to offer to potentially thriving businesses? Financial company Hedvig has invited Carro Hjelm, CMO at Voi Technology, to share the story of his company.

Stockholm Book Launch: An Evening with Julie Lindahl & The Pendulum

Where: Embassy House Linnégatan, 89C Linnégatan, 115 23 Stockholm

Date and time: April 9th, 5.40pm – 8.30pm

Event by: Julie Lindahl

Launch event for The Pendulum (in English) including: presentation and reading by Julie Lindahl; panel discussion moderated by Cecilia Nordström, Chair Raoul Wallenberg Academy and Berättareministeriet, with founding members of New Voices. Followed by a mingle with light refreshments!

English Standup in Stockholm – Dragos – Hungry Hungry Dragon

Where: Power Comedy Club, Götgatan 85, 116 62 Stockholm, Sweden

Date and time: April 9th, 8.30pm – 9.45pm

Event by: Dragos Cristian Comedy

Dragos is a Romanian comedian who has performed in numerous countries such as England, Estonia and Singapore. In his show Hungry Hungry Dragon, he tells his journey through the world.

Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama

Where: Ericsson Globe, Globentorget 2, 12150 Stockholm

Date and time: April 10th, 6:15pm – 11pm

Event by: Live Nation Sweden and Stockholm Live

Michelle Obama’s book Becoming was released last November. She has been traveling the world since then to promote her story, from her childhood in Chicago to her First Lady years in the White House. She will be in Stockholm on April 10th before continuing her journey through Scandinavia and in Europe. There are still some tickets available, starting from 795 kronor.

Thursday night improv

Where: Café String, Nytorgsgatan 38, 116 40 Stockholm, Sweden

Date and time: April 11th and April 25th, 7pm–9pm

Event by: International Theater Stockholm

Take part in an improvisation afterwork with International Theater Stockholm! Tickets can be bought beforehand or at the door.

The Local Sweden's Book Club

Where: Downtown Camper by Scandic, Brunkebergstorg 9, 111 51 Stockholm

Date and time: April 23rd, 6pm – 8pm

Event by: The Local

The Local Sweden recently launched our very own Book Club, where we're learning about Sweden through reading a different book each month. This month, we're reading A World Gone Mad – The Wartime Diaries of Astrid Lindgren, but you're very welcome to join our event if you haven't read the book.

We'll have a short talk from the Astrid Lindgren Company's Cilla Nergårdh about the Pippi Longstocking author's life and legacy, and there will be plenty of time to mingle with other Book Club members and The Local's team. Tickets are free but places are limited, so sign up in advance to secure your spot.


KVIT Conference 2019

Where: Kårhuset Kollektivet, Ågatan 55, 58222 Linköping

Date and time: April 9th, 2019 at 9am – 6pm

Event by: KVIT

KVIT Conference is an annual non-profit event, organized by students of the Cognitive Science Bachelor at Linköping’s University. The full day will be dedicated to inspiring talks, workshops and mingling around one topic: “Assuring the quality of the future – by understanding both human and machine”.

China's digital landscape: how do I communicate with my customer

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

Date and time: April 24th, 11.30am – 1pm

Event by: Science Park Mjärdevi

Jonathan Pullman is the founder of NBH, a Chinese marketing agency which helps Western companies navigate the Chinese digital landscape. Pullman will hold a talk about Chinese communication platforms and the way they can help to grow a business.


Inauguration International Science Festival with Cédric Villani

Where: Draken, Järntorgsgatan 15, 413 04 Gothenburg

Date and time: April 2nd, 6pm – 7.30pm

Event by: Vetenskapsfestivalen Göteborg, Institut Français de Suède and Sten A Olssons Stiftelse för Forskning och Kultur

French Field medal award-winner mathematician Cedric Villani will be opening the 23rd edition of the International Science Festival. He will be tackling the topic of artificial intelligence, and more precisely “(Un)expected intelligence”.

Spring Swing Intensive with Thomas and Verena

Where: West Coast Nights, Storgatan 3, 41124 Gothenburg

Date and time: April 6th, 11am – April 7th, 10pm

Event by: West Coast Nights

German dance instructors Thomas Bachmann and Verena Guschal will host intensive swing training during a full weekend! The event is aimed for at least swing dancers with at least one year of experience.


Learn about the Swedish tax system

Where: Ekska Huset, Sankt Petri kyrkogata 4, Lund

Date and time: April 2nd, 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Event by: International Citizen Hub Lund

You most likely visited the Swedish Tax Agency when you arrived to Sweden but probably are not aware of the other services this authority provides. There will be tax information officers here to answer questions such as: what happens with your tax money, when is it time to send in my income tax return and what can I do if I can’t submit it on time?

English-language theatre: The Goat or Who is Sylvia? by Edward Albee

Where: Teaterhuset Bastionen, Norra Vallgatan 28, 21125, Malmö

Date and time: April 4th, 5th and 6th, 7pm

Event by: Playmate Theatre Malmö

A provocative, powerful and witty drama, from three-time Pulitzer Prize winner author of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf. What happens when infidelity strips a marriage bare? Can a marriage just… vanish? Martin, happily-married husband and father, has fallen in love with Sylvia. How far is society prepared to tolerate difference? And what after all is normal?The even is aimed for mature audiences only. Performances are in English. This is Playmate’s third season, bringing the best of English-language theatre to Scandinavia. Also playing in Copenhagen.

Sustainability – What is Sweden's view on it and what can I do to contribute?

Where: Ekska Huset, Sankt Petri kyrkogata 4, Lund

Date and time: April 4th, 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Event by: International Citizen Hub Lund

Sweden is known for being forward thinking when it comes to environmental sustainability. But what does that actually mean, and what is Sweden’s view on environmental sustainability? International Citizen Hub Lund have invited a representative from Sysav, an organization that aims to create the world’s most sustainable region, to guide you through the basics of the Swedish environmental mindset and the cultural clashes that may occur.

Start your own business

Where: Ekska Huset, Sankt Petri kyrkogata 4, Lund

Date and time: April 9th, 2pm – 4pm

Event by: International Citizen Hub Lund

Are you a newcomer in Sweden and have a good business idea? Do you think it is difficult to get into the financial administration that a company requires? Åsa Ohlsson from Coompanion Skåne will talk about how you can run your own business without establishing a company and how Coompanion Skåne can help you test business ideas by using an umbrella company as a platform in your development.

International Coffee Morning

Where: Roskildegatan 1, Helsingborg

Date and time: April 9th, 8.30am – 10am

Event by: Helsingborg International Connections and International School of Helsingborg PTA

English speakers are warmly welcome to an international coffee morning with coffee, cakes and chat in the cafe of Helsingborg’s famous concert hall (Konserthuset). Make new friends and learn more about this wonderful facility for young and old alike in the centre of town!

Buying or selling an apartment/a house in Sweden?

Where: Ekska Huset, Sankt Petri kyrkogata 4, Lund

Date and time: April 23rd, 4.30pm – 6pm

Event by: International Citizen Hub Lund

A real-estate agent from Bjurfors Real-Estate Agency, will guide you through the legal differences and cultural clashes when it comes to buying real estate in Sweden. He has years of experience in selling property and has recognized that there is a lot of confusion when buying property in Sweden as the processes may differ from what an expat is used to from their home country.

Banking and pension systems

Where: Ekska Huset, Sankt Petri kyrkogata 4, Lund

Date and time: April 25th, 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Event by: International Citizen Hub Lund

Lovisa Haglind and Alexander Dicksson, both from a local SEB bank branch office, will guide you through the basics of the banking and pension systems in Sweden. Getting an overview of how the banking system works in Sweden, you will learn more about the process of getting a loan to buy a house or an apartment and also about numerous other services that SEB offers.

HIC Pub Night

Where: Bishops Arms Mollberg, Södra Storgatan 2, Helsingborg

Date and time: April 26th, 7pm

Event by: Helsingborg International Connections (HIC)

Come and enjoy a relaxed Friday night at the pub with other internationally-minded folk!


Breakfast seminar with focus on tech supporting public health

Where: Tvistevägen 48, Tvistevägen 48, 907 36 Umeå

Date and time: April 9th, 7.30am – 9am

Event by: Nord InC

The Nord InC project group invites you to share your insights for a healthy breakfast, discussing artificial intelligence and public health.


PopUp Cultural Café – Does Tech. Make Society Alienating?

Where: Base 10, 10 Klostergatan, 753 21 Uppsala

Date and time: April 3rd, 5.15pm – 7.30pm

Event by: Lost in a Cup

Does Technology make society alienating?’ During this first edition of the PopUp Cultural Café, there will be a series of interesting talks, open debate and ample opportunity to mingle with people who share similar interests on the topic. The event is free of charge and will be held in English.

Reimagining Climate Change

Where: Kollaboratoriet Uppsala, Östra Ågatan 19, Uppsala

Date and time: April 3rd and April 17th, 6pm – 8pm

Event by: Climate Change Leadership Node (Uppsala University), Klimatlätt

This will be the first meeting of the Climate Change Leadership Node (Uppsala University), Klimatlätt. A short film will be showed, followed by a discussion about its topic and suggestions for reading and watching lists for future events.

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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.