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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

A Chance to Catch Up on All Things Swedish

For Swedish women in Moscow who miss conversing in their native tongue, other female Swedish speakers who want the chance to practice, and any woman interested in the culture and traditions of the country more generally, the Moscow branch of Swedish Women's Education Association should be a priority destination.

The group meets twice a month, with members conversing on everything to do with Sweden and sharing personal and business contacts.

The goal of the organization, said Ulla-Stina Ardevall, the group's organizer, is to make life easier for Swedish-speakers in Moscow.

"We tell people where they can buy this or that, which schools are best, and so on," she said.

The group holds special events for the Midsummer festival, a celebration of the summer solstice that dates from pre-Christian times, when members prepare delicacies and sing traditional songs.

There are 77 chapters of SWEA worldwide. As well as a social club for Swedish-speakers, it runs scholarship programs and raises money for charitable causes.

SWEA Moscow next meets on Jan. 26. For more information, contact Ulla-Stinna Ardevall at 915-6767 or see

-- Alastair Gee