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Swedes celebrate national day

Members of the Swedish Algarvian society celebrated the national day of Sweden on June 6 with a lunch at the A Colina restaurant near Almancil.

Guest of honour was Swedish Consul to the Algarve Agnete Sylvan, who gave a speech informing those gathered about the history behind Sweden´s National Day before leading the party in the singing of the Swedish National Anthem.

Founder of the Scandinavian club Carpe Diem, Leif B. Axelsson spoke to the guests about the 130 year anniversary of Sweden adhering to a common time as part of the lunch entertainment.

Many of the members of the Swedish Algarvian society are also members of Carpe Diem, a club which now consist of more than 70 members.

Carpe Diem is predominantly made up of Swedes however there are also members from Denmark and Norway as well as from Holland and those from Portugal married to Swedes.

Members of the ever growing Carpe Diem club meet on the first Thursday of every month except June, July and August.

The next meeting will be held on September 3 at 1pm at the restaurant A Colina in Almancil.

All Scandinavians in the Algarve are welcome to contact the Swedish Consul, Agnete Sylvan, for information on living in the Algarve or the Carpe Diem club.

Please email Agnete Sylvan on