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Welcome to Sweden

Welcome to Sweden TV show on NBCNetwork: NBC
Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour)
Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: July 10, 2014 — TBD
Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: Greg Poehler, Josephine Bornebusch, Lena Olin, Claes Månsson, Christopher Wagelin, Per Svensson, Patrick Duffy, and Illeana Douglas.

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TV show description:
Based on events in the life of Greg Poehler, this comedy TV show revolves around Bruce Evans (Poehler) and Emma Wiik (Josephine Bornebusch), seemingly the perfect couple. He’s a successful money manager to the stars in New York. He lives with Emma, the sweet woman from Sweden whom he loves and adores. A rare combination of intelligent, funny, kind and beautiful, Emma believes she has finally found her true soul mate in Bruce.

After being with him a year, she makes the life-changing decision to move back to her native Stockholm to accept a prestigious banking job. She’s surprised and thrilled that he agrees to move with her to begin a new life together.

With no job, friends or any real clue about what he is getting himself into, Bruce is quick to face many unique challenges and culture clashes. The most notable one is how to win over Emma’s strange and very Swedish family.

They move in with her parents — Viveka (Lena Olin) and Birger (Claes Månsson). Viveka is a therapist who dearly loves her family but has difficulty showing it — especially to Emma. She also takes an instant dislike Bruce. Birger is a retired sea captain and is a typical Swede — tall, kind and silent. He doesn’t speak much English which only adds to the communication barriers.

Emma’s younger brother is Gustav (Christopher Wagelin), a 28-year old mega-slacker who can do no wrong in his mother’s eyes. Birger’s younger brother is Bengt (Per Svensson), an American-adoring rockabilly type who seems to live his life through Hollywood movies.

Bruce’s parents are Wayne (Patrick Duffy) and Nancy (Illeana Douglas). Wayne is conservative by nature and resides in a small Midwestern town. Nancy wants nothing but the best for her son, but can’t comprehend his decision to leave his happy life in New York.

Series Finale

Episode #TBD
This TV series has not ended yet.
First aired: TBD

What do you think? Do you like the Welcome to Sweden TV show? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for another season?


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Gil December 20, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Great show I just finish to see this show in israel


KartofflMuter December 8, 2014 at 8:50 pm

I found each episode hilarious and was laughing at hilarious and totally out of place bruce constantly.He’a biscuit floating in chicken soup-all the while petending to be a Matzoh ball. Or maybe he thinks he’s toast and grated cheese on onion soup when really he took the wrong turnoff and he’s floundering in a puddle. I have no idea how the girl puts up with him. Seriously. In a real cross-cultural relationship,there has to be and enormous pull beyond physical attraction that welds the parties together. I’m not at all sure Bruce has the stamina. American and Swedish isn’t a major jump after all and he makes it seem like a huge hilarious gap. I love seeing Sweden. Please make many more seasons of this show. I’ll buy every episode and tie my husband to the chair till he recognizes himself. He’s from India and I’m an Austrian.We’re like 2 peas in a cabbage.


Helen December 2, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Please bring this show back. I want to see Season 2


Tom November 15, 2014 at 5:27 pm


I live in Baltimore, Maryland of the U.S. but I am a longtime admirer of Swedish culture, language and women. I’ve been to Sweden twice and really enjoyed both visits. Too cold to stay there for long, though. LOL

I do think it’s terrific that someone is doing a show about Sweden even though it’s not very good. The Emma character is fine but I find Bruce’s attitude toward her and the country rather obnoxious.

From what I remember, the scenes of Bruce and Emma’s father in the steam baths were hilarious, really reminded me of the steam bath in the small town of Markaryd.

It’s nice that the show is filmed in Stockholm. I hope our U.S. station picks up the option for a second season.

I would welcome conversations with others about Sweden and the show. (Smile)




Lena Roina November 16, 2014 at 1:50 pm

I love the show! I’m Swedish and now living in the USA. I was happy to hear from my sister who lives in Stockholm, that they are going to make 5 new episodes.


Tom November 16, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Hi Lena,

That’s great news about the 5 new episodes!

I just wish they would make the Bruce character more humble and with a better and more loving attitude toward Emma and living in Sweden. He doesn’t know how good he has it with her.

Where in the U.S are you located?

I am in Baltimore, Maryland and can’t find much to relate to Sweden here except the local IKEA store! LOL

I am of German and English background so I don’t know where my interest in the Scandinavian (especially Swedish) culture comes from.

Perhaps I was Swedish in a previous life?

I am currently in contact with a girl of Swedish heritage who grew up in Malaysia and still resides there. Her name is Angelina and she goes by the name of Angel, which she really is. She’s beautiful, bright and a real Swede-heart. I invited her here to
visit me, but she does not have the money for air fare. Any suggestions to help us out of this unfortunate circumstance would be greatly appreciated. (Smile)

Okay. Back to you.




Lena November 16, 2014 at 8:32 pm

Hi Tom. I live in Connecticut, love it here even though the winters are cold just like in Sweden. When I go back to visit my relatives in Stockholm I usually get a good deal flying with SAS. They have lower rates after the holidays and early spring. So tell your girl friend to come and visit you during that time. The rates are lower booking from Sweden too during that time. About the show, I just like to add that I think Swedish people are a lot like that. It really makes me laugh! We are so serious and very suspicious about people from other countries. It takes some time before we warm up a little. I love Lena Olin, her character as Emma’s mother is great! I am looking forward to the new episodes.


Tom November 16, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Hi Again Lena,

When will the new episodes air in the U.S.? Will the first season be released on DVD?

I felt that the show depicted too much drinking of alcohol by the Swedes. Having met a number of Swedish folks over there and here, I would say they don’t drink more than any other nationality.

My Swedish girl Angel grew up in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia from a very early age. We spoke on the phone twice but now her service has been disconnected. She contracted typhoid and was in hospital for over two weeks, couldn’t work so now she has cash flow problems.

She says if she comes here, she wants as direct of a flight from Kuala Lampur as possible because she’ll be in the air more than twenty hours.

Thanks for your input,


Louise DeJohn November 13, 2014 at 2:37 am

I am swedish… Never saw the show when it was on TV, just saw it on netflix. Please keep it going!!! It is truly a direct reflection of swedish culture…lol!


Tom November 16, 2014 at 11:09 pm

Hi Louise,

Do you reside here in the U.S.? If so, where?

How do you feel that the show is a direct reflection of Swedish culture?

I thought the scenes of the Swedish steam baths were both funny and accurate, but felt that there was too much drinking of alcohol on the show.

The scenes with Bruce trying to find a job and attempting to get a driver’s license were very funny.

However, I think the Bruce character should be more appreciative of his Emma and living in Sweden, which is a fine country.




Okey Vanwy November 11, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Having lived in Sweden for just over a year I find it hilarious. I doubt the average American can relate at all. Perhaps the more educated American is able to relate so I hope the show can survive long term. The show is great and the characters are as well. Bruce is intensely irritating / annoying – somewhat unbelievable as a real life character.


Mark November 5, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Great show. Very funny. Keep it coming


nancy November 2, 2014 at 8:23 pm

this is a GREAT show! Very funny, witty, cute, creative, fun, lively, …I LOVE IT!!
Please keep it running!! there are so few good shows on TV.
Thank you!!!


shawne October 29, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Very funny in a subtle and clever way. I appreciate the LACK of a laugh track!
I really love this show….and there aren’t many sitcoms i can say that about.


Anonymous October 28, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Definitely love this show. Please keep it coming. My girlfriend and I watch it religiously.


Linda October 28, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Love it!!!


DAN October 20, 2014 at 12:11 pm

The best thing NBC could do is to renew the show NOW!!!!. It is remarkably funny, intelligent and insightful into a culture I knew little of. Greg P is just as funny (maybe more funnier) than the Sis.



Elijah Waters October 13, 2014 at 12:08 am

This shows writing is quite good. Funny & romantic, it alows
People to see what it’s like to actually put the one whom you
Love first . Offering lots of humorous situations between our
two different cultures . No one can feel offended. All of this this
with a fair amount of wit in the dialog. If this show doesn’t make
it, it will be no fault of the cast, or crew. But rather the people
at the network . They just don’t seem to know how to promote
much other than crime shows . I wish all the people @ this show
great success ! It’s one of the few shows I enjoy .

As for what else I have liked. Well that would be Frasier, Home Improvement , Big Bang Theory,. As well as the new Show Blackish.
On the serious side of things: Breaking Bad, Vikings, & Game of Thrones.
Thank you for your time ,
Mr. Waters


lena Roina October 4, 2014 at 6:31 pm

I love this show! Please keep it. I am from Sweden and married to an American man. Me and my husband think this show is hilarious. It is also so nice to see that they filmed it in Stockholm where I grow up. I really like how they joke about us Swedes and how serious we can be. I have to admit that it’s true! We are kind of weird sometimes. But to my defense I must say we are very honest and nice people.


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