VASA ORDER OF
Swedish-American of the Year 2006
two Swedish district lodges of the Vasa
Order of America has named Agneta Nilsson, Manhattan Beach, California to be the
Swedish American of the year 2006, the 47th person to be named for this honor.
Nilsson was born in Stockholm and had a wish to come to the US early on. In the
beginning of the 60’s she went there as a participant in “The Experiment in
became a tour guide at the UN, but wanted to see more of the big country and traveled
with some friends to California. There she worked in a Scandinavian restaurant,
sewed and sold bikini’s (a garment that at the time was strictly forbidden on
the beach) and much, much more.
she married the president of SAS in Los Angeles, Gunnar Nilsson, and moved
there, she became interested in amber and has since many years her own company
thing that made her famous worldwide is SWEA, The Swedish Women's Education
Association. She got the idea for it at a Christmas bazaar for Swedish friends
organizations have had the rapid development of SWEA. Today there are 8200
members in 78 local chapters in 35 countries on 5 continents.
purpose is to promote and safeguard the Swedish language, support and promote
the knowledge of Swedish culture and traditions, encourage personal and
professional contacts and build a network of SWEA’s around the world.
examples of honors that Agneta Nilsson has received for her work are:
“Swede of the world”
royal awards for her work with SWEA
“The Great Swedish Heritage Award” by the Swedish council of America
Nilsson will travel to Sweden with our sponsor “SAS Scandinavian AB, Sweden”
to be present at the Swedish-American of the year celebrations in Stockholm and
Växjö, beginning on Aug 6.
Vasa Order of America has since 1960 named a Swedish-American of the year to
honor our emigrants for their work in America. The Swedish-American of the year
has to have either been engaged in Swedish-American cultural exchange or have
made an outstanding career in the American business or professional world.
previous recipients of the award are:
Dr Glenn Seaborg- Nobel prize winner chemistry 1951, Edwin Aldrin- astronaut, Signe Hasso- actress, William T Renquist, supreme court justice, and Marilyn Carlson Nelson, president of the Carlson Companies Inc.
information about the Swedish-American of the year can be had from the chairman
of the committee: Bertil Ericsson, phone: 46-457-24542 or
Catherine Bringselius Nilsson, phone: 46-470-28588
Order of America – www.vasaorder.com
SWEA - www.swea.org