In spirit of furthering Swedish- American relations, SACC-LA presents the Eliason Merit Award – an exclusive annual red carpet event – to individuals who have contributed to strengthening the relations between the United States and Sweden in the areas of commerce, culture, science and arts.
The award has been named in honor of the late Sven A Eliason, who through his great contributions to many Swedish- American causes exemplified the requirements for this award. Bengt S Olin the founder of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles initiated the The Eliason Merit Award in 1988. Previous recipients include Tove Lo (Artist), Steve Angello (DJ and record producer), Dolph Lundgren (Actor), Joel Kinnaman (Actor), Per Hallberg (Sound editor & three-time Academy Award winner), Pia Sundhage (Head Coach of USA’s National Soccer Team and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist) and Maud Adams (Actress).
ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIĆ RECEIVES THE
ELIASON MERIT AWARD 2018
SACC-LA is excited to announce that the Swedish soccer superstar, Zlatan Ibrahimović, is the recipient of the prestigious Eliason Merit Award 2018 from The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles (SACC-LA).
The Eliason Merit Award (EMA) is annually awarded to a Swedish business or individual who has significantly strengthened Swedish-American relations. The prize ceremony and reception, hosted by SACC-LA, will this year take place in connection with LA Galaxy’s Swedish Heritage Night in Carson, CA on Saturday September 29, 2018.
This year’s winner, Zlatan Ibrahimović, receives the award for his long and successful career as one of the greatest soccer players in the world, which has placed Sweden on the international arena. Since his debut in LA Galaxy’s soccer team earlier this year, Ibrahimović has significantly contributed to strengthening the relations between the United States and Sweden.
We are also thrilled to announce that the former Italian and Juventus soccer legend, Alessandro Del Piero, will present the EMA 2018 to Ibrahimović on behalf of SACC-LA. Del Piero is primarily known for his successful career at Juventus and the Italian national team, with a World Cup gold medal in 2006.
The exclusive red carpet EMA 2018 VIP reception will be held on Saturday September 29, 2018 at the StubHub Center, LA Galaxy’s home arena in Carson south of Los Angeles. After the VIP reception, guests will participate in the LA Galaxy’s Swedish Heritage Night and cheer on Zlatan Ibrahimović as he plays for his team, the LA Galaxy, against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. More details about the event will be announced in the weeks to follow and invites to SACC-LA members will be sent out shortly. Read more in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet about Zlatan Ibrahimović and the Eliason Merit Award 2018 here.
Eliason Merit Award 2017
The Swedish top cinematographer and 2017 Oscar winner, Mr. Linus Sandgren received the prestigious Eliason Merit Award (EMA) in Los Angeles, CA, on November 11th, 2017. He received the award for his ability to successfully raise Sweden’s profile within the arts and the entertainment industry and for his significant contributions in strengthening Swedish-American relations during his successful career.
EMA this year celebrated its 30-year anniversary and the celebrations took place at a private mansion in the Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles. It was a fantastic evening and we at SACC-LA were honored to celebrate this evening with all the guests!
Linus Sandgren – 2017 Eliason Merit Award Winner and Gudrun Giddings President/Chair of SACC-LA
Photo credit: Picture to the left – Kerstin Alm. Picture to the right – Mats Holmberg
The popular Swedish duo Smith & Thell performed – Photo: Gustav Klinton
Jonas Tåhlin – CEO of Abosolut Elyx with his wife and SACC-LA Board Member Janina Boss Tåhlin – Photo: Gustav Klinton
Per Hallberg – 2011 EMA winner, Margaretha Laseen, and Maud Adams – 2003 EMA Winner – Photo: Gustav Klinton
SACC-LA Board Members Amir Maki, Emil Abedian and Daniel Wagner – Photo: Caroline Strömberg
Caroline Strömberg – Marketing Manager SACC-LA, Fredrik Bond and SACC-LA Board Members
Jennings Segura, Janina Boss Tåhlin and Sara Ekman – Photo: Mats Holmberg
Gudrun Giddings – President/Chair of SACC-LA, Linus Sandgren – 2017 EMA winner,
John Heilman – Mayor of the City of West Hollywood – Photo: Gustav Klinton
SACC-LA Board Member Assia Grazioli Venier and her mother – Photo: Caroline Strömberg
Jennie Hammar and Cecilia Rimér Sandgren with guests – Photo: Caroline Strömberg
Karin and Henrik Bastin – Photo: Caroline Strömberg
SACC-LA Board Member Jennings Segura with his wife and guest – Photo: Caroline Strömberg
Gudrun Giddings – President/Chair of SACC-LA, Linus Sandgren – 2017 EMA winner and his wife Cecilia Rimér Sandgren
Photo: Mats Holmberg
Guests at the EMA 2017 – Photo: Mats Holmberg
SACC-LA member Ronnie Bergh from Daniel Wellington with guests – Photo: Caroline Strömberg
Eliason Merit Award 2017 Sponsors and Partners
Eliason Merit Award 2016
Fashion designer and entrepreneur Anine Bing received the prestigious Eliason Merit Award (EMA) in Los Angeles, CA on March 22nd 2017. She received the award for her ability to successfully raise Sweden’s profile within the fashion industry and significantly contributing to strengthening Swedish-American relations.
EMA2016 took place at Jonathan Beach Club, a private members club located on the shores of Santa Monica with panoramic views of the pacific ocean. The evening included a red carpet arrival and an intimate Ceremonial Dinner followed by an exclusive VIP Reception with Live Performances by “Riot Child” and “Bloke & Bird” in the award winners honor.
Eliason Merit Award 2016 Partners
Eliason Merit Award 2016 Sponsors
Eliason Merit Award 2016 Performers
Photos by Maria Tornberg & Daniel Bax
Eliason Merit Award Winner 2013 – Steve Angello. Check out his real on Vimeo. Video Made by Rebels Studios Production.
Eliason Merit Award Winner 2014 Joel Kinnaman receiving the award on stage
The whole dancefloor was moving when Timbuktu and Damn! performed at the Victorian on Eliason Merit Award 2014
Eliason Merit Award Winner 2013 Steve Angello receiving the award on stage
Gudrun Giddings, Dolph Lundgren and Kim H. Swartz. Dolph Lundgren received the Eliason Merit Award 2012.
Per Hallberg (three-time Academy Award-winning sound supervisor) received the Entertainment Award at Eliason Merit Award 2011.
W Hollywood Hotel Rooftop, Eliason 2013
Taber Schroeder, Jonas Hallberg and Mini Andén
The Eliason Merit Award After Party always attracts a lot of people!
Moods of Norway, Swedish actress Katia Winter among others enjoying the dinner at Eliason 2012
Rebecca & Fiona in action
Third Party’s bombastic performance
Swedish inspired hors d’oeuvres during Eliason 2013
A happy Award Winner and Birthday Boy ready to dig in on the birthday cake, Eliason 2013
The Swedish movie stars Maud Adams (Eliason Merit Award Winner 2003) and Malin Åkerman mingled at Eliason Merit Award 2010.
Some of the articles about Eliason Merit Award 2015 in:
- Music Connection
- Bad Taste Empire
- SweCal Magazine
Check out what some of the articles about Eliason 2013:
- The Hollywood Reporter
- 360 Magazine
- Isabel Adrian’s Blog
- Los Angeles Fashion
- Stockholm Beat Connect
- Bad Taste Empire
Interview with Steve Angello during the Award Gala by Expressen TV
You can read more about Eliason Merit Award 2012 in:
Eliason Merit Award winners throughout the years:
- 2016 Anine Bing
- 2015 Tove “Tove Lo” Nilsson
- 2014 Joel Kinnaman
- 2013 Steve Angello
- 2012 Dolph Lundgren
- 2011 Per Hallberg, Kerstin Florian and STOPP-LA
- 2010 Traktor
- 2009 Pia Sundhage
- 2008 Kerstin Alm
- 2007 Tomas Jegeus
- 2006 Ann-Charlotte Hanes Harvey
- 2005 Kent Berg
- 2004 Margareta Saperston
- 2003 Maud Adams
- 2002 Luther Luedtke
- 2001 Wilhelm Wachtmeister
- 2000 Ann-Margaret
- 1999 Barbro S. Osher
- 1998 Åke Sandler
- 1997 Bengt S. Olin
- 1996 Signe Hasso
- 1995 Peter Hammarström
- 1994 Margareta Sjödin- Hellsten
- 1993 Roy A. Anderson
- 1992 Siri M. Eliason
- 1991 Björn Ahlström
- 1990 Franklin S. Forsberg
- 1989 Agneta Nilsson
- 1988 Walter G. Danielson
In the spirit of furthering Swedish-American relations, SACC-LA presents the Eliason Merit Awards to individuals who have contributed significantly toward strengthening relations between the United States and Sweden in the areas of commerce, culture, science and the arts. The awards has been named in honor of the late Sven A. Eliason, who through his great contributions to many Swedish- American causes exemplified the requirements for this awards. Bengt S. Olin, the founder of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles (SACC-LA), initiated the Eliason Merit Award in 1988.