On Thursday 12th, CLS together with the Embassy of Sweden, Corporate- and Individual Members and Non-members all gathered in the beautiful setting of Palácio Fronteira for a Julbord - a traditional Swedish Christmas lunch, which we organize annually in honor of the Lúcia holiday.
Every year around the Lucia holiday, the CLS organizes a Julbord, a Swedish Traditional Christmas Lunch. Prior to this lunch, the Board of Directors of CLS gathers for the final Board Meeting of the year. And so we did this year. The Board looked back at a dynamic and very positive year for CLS. Some of our main highlights include:
After the Board Meeting, we opened the doors for the Julbord. At this year's Julbord, the room was full as we sat down to enjoy traditional Swedish food; including herring and IKEA:s ASC certified salmon, Swedish meatballs and, not least, the Swedish liquor, snaps, which we tasted while singing together!
This year we had the highest participation rate of Corporate Members in the history of this event. We are very pleased to see that our Corporate Members were able to bring their colleagues, partners and/-or clients to enjoy a moment of Swedish Christmas celebration. As are we happy to gather our Individual members and Non-members for this tradition.
During the lunch, our new President of the Board of Directors, Jennifer Ekström, spoke about the year of the Chamber, and the Ambassador of Sweden to Portugal, Helena Pilsas Ahlin, shared with us the history of the Lucia tradition.
The Swedish School in Lisbon brought their children to sing for us in Swedish, English and Portuguese while wearing traditional Lucia costumes. We believe that all were impressed by the talent exhibited by these children!
This year's Julbord was a delight to organize, and so again, we thank all the participants for spreading Christmas cheer, and especially, we want to thank our Corporate Sponsors for their support.