Susanne Bier, Mikael Persbrandt; “Hämnden” – nominated for Oscar. 28,000 may be forced to register as Norwegians. Stockholmers have highest student loan debt. No deaf blood donators. Prince Bertil’s favorite crêpes.
“Hämnden” – nominated for Oscar
No Oscar nominations for Noomi Rapace or the Swedish film “I rymden finns inga känslor” (Simple Simon). But the Danish film “Hämnden” or “In a Better World” (“Hævnen” in original Danish), which stars Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt was nominated in the category “Best foreign film”. “I’m very happy that Susanne (Bier’s) film has been nominated for an Oscar and awarded a Golden Globe,” said Persbrandt through his agent. “It’s the first time I’m in an Oscar-nominated film and it makes me both happy and proud. I hope to be able to be in Los Angeles on February 27 for the ceremony.”
28,000 Swedes may be forced to register as Norwegians
Approximately 28,000 Swedish border commuters might be forced into becoming Norwegians. This after the introduction of new, stricter rules. According to the new rules, those Swedes who live and work in Norway more than 183 days in a year must have a Norwegian social security number and be registered as living in Norway. To be registered by the Norwegian authorities among else means that they no longer have the right to vote in some Swedish election, that they no longer are entitled to Swedish health care and other Swedish social benefits.
Stockholmers have highest student loan debt
Those living in Stockholm county have the highest amount of student loan debt. This shows statistics from the public student loan agency CSN. "In most counties have the debts increased slightly during the past year," Lars Hillerström, official at CSN, said in a statement. Former students owe CSN 186 billion SEK ($28,711,863,412,631.39) in total.
No deaf blood donators
In spite of lack of blood donors in Dalarna, Sweden, deaf blood donors are being denied. “It makes me upset, because I really wanted to donate blood,” said Johanna Kankkonen, who is deaf. According to employees at the blood central it all has to do with lack of routines in accepting deaf, there simply is no special interpreter available. An explanation Johanna Kankkonen doesn’t believe. “We have interpreters hired by the county council and we have authorized interpreters, but the people at the blood central don’t trust them. I think it’s all very strange.” Says Mattias Aldrimer, a medical doctor at the blood central in Falun: “We have nothing against deaf people’s blood, it’s simply the interview with an interpreter that isn’t very well regulated in our system. But there is a project up and going in Uppsala that might work well and that means only one change in our regulation system for it to work technically.”
Prince Bertil’s favorite crêpes
He was Duke of Halland and the third son of King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden and his first wife, Princess Margaret of Connaught. But to the Swedish people he was known as Prince Bertil (1912-1997), a popular royal who was fond of cars and a supporter and practitioner of various sports, notably tennis and boules. He also, rumor has it, liked these crêpes.
pinch of salt
I cup dry, white wine
1 cup 2 oz light cream
about 1 cup flour
700 g shrimp (we like the small, peeled ones from IKEA)
a bunch of dill, chopped
1.5 cups hollandaise sauce
Make the batter and let it swell for about 10 minutes, then bake thin crêpes (like Swedish pancakes).
Chop the shrimps and mix with the sauce and the dill.
Fill the crepes, roll them and serve right away.
Are you a Swede or a Norwegian? Some 28,000 Swedes who commute to Norway might be forced into becoming Norwegians due to the introduction of stricter rules.
The Oscar, or Academy Award of Merit as is its true name, is 13.5 inches tall and weighs 8.5 pounds and has been handed out by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and has done so since 1929. The statuette, which is made of gold-plated britannium on a black base, depicts a stylish Art Deco knight holding a crusader’s sword and standing on top of a reel of film with five spokes, the spokes each represent the original branches of the Academy: Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers, and Technicians.