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Scandinavian Language Associations’ Meeting – SLAM! 2016

Scandinavian Language Associations’ Meeting – SLAM! 2016

What a weekend! The Grand SLAM in Malmö was a success. It was the first time that all the major Scandinavian language associations came together for a whole weekend to exchange knowledge and experiences, network, promote ourselves and have a lot of fun.

What I personally appreciated the most was the very high level of the speakers, as well as getting to meet some my colleges from other Scandinavian countries.

The image shows David Jones and Shawn Thane during the Translation SLAM, with Ian Hinchliffe as referee, which was one of the high points of the conference.

What is Scandinavia, you ask? It is a geographic region centered on Skanderna, the Scandinavian mountains, with close historical, cultural and/or linguistic similarities. In this case, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland was represented.

Erik Mattsson at Proz.com in Stockholm in 2016

ProZ.com 2016 international conference in Stockholm

Being a freelance translator can be a lonely job, in the sense that we often meet clients and sometimes suppliers, but we rarely see our colleagues (sometimes referred to as “competitors”, but the world is big enough for all of us).

Last weekend, the ProZ.com 2016 international conference in Stockholm was held in my neighbouring city, and I went there to meet visiting language professionals from all over the world. It was a successful event and I learned a lot.


The image depicts Erik Mattsson, a Swedish professional speaker specialising in communication.

Elfrida Bergman SFÖ Umeå

Oktagon at the SFOE Conference 2016 in Umeå

The annual conference was this year in Umeå, and we got to see Sweden from a different point of view.

Most interesting to me was the language and culture exploration from within Sweden, with focus on the original inhabitants of Sweden, the sami people, and some information about the experience of some newly arrived immigrants.

SFÖ 2015

Annual Conference of the SFOE 2015

I once again participated in the annual conference of the Swedish Association of Professional Translators, this time in Eskilstuna, Sweden. As always, it was very rewarding, with friendly colleagues, informative speakers and lots of information.