Bruce Prepares to Pop the Question when "Welcome to Sweden" Returns for a Second Season

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17 July 2015
Welcome to Sweden
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"Welcome to Sweden"
Sunday, July 19 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on NBC

          Bruce Evans (Greg Poehler) and Emma Wiik (Josephine Bornebusch, Swedish hit drama “Solsidan”) seem to be the perfect couple.  He’s a former money manager to the stars, living his life in New York with Emma, the sweet woman from Sweden who he loves and adores.  She is the rare combination of intelligent, funny, kind and beautiful, who believes she has finally found her true soul mate.  So when she makes the life-changing decision to move back to her native Stockholm to accept a prestigious banking job after a year together, she is surprised and thrilled that he agrees to move with her to begin a new life together.

          Moving halfway around the world with a new love is a huge step and Bruce, with no job, friends or real clue about what he is getting himself into, is quick to face the many unique challenges and culture clashes that living in a foreign land presents. Most notably, how to win over Emma’s strange and very Swedish family, which includes her parents, Viveka (Lena Olin, “Chocolat”) and Birger (Claes Månsson, “Heartbreak Hotel”); Gustav (Christopher Wagelin, “Easy Money”), Emma’s younger brother and 33-year-old mega-slacker who can do no wrong in his mother’s eyes; and Bengt (Per Svensson, “Death of a Pilgrim”), Birger’s younger brother and an American-adoring rockabilly type that seems to live his life through Stateside movies.

          As for Bruce’s family, his dad, Wayne (Patrick Duffy, “Dallas”), is conservative by nature and resides in a small Midwestern town.  Along with Wayne, Bruce’s adoring mother, Nancy (Illeana Douglas, “Grace of My Heart”), wants nothing but the best for her son, but has no understanding whatsoever of his decision to live abroad.

          Against the backdrop of a cold, dark and icy Swedish winter, season two follows Bruce and Emma’s engagement as they navigate unexpected career transitions, unfamiliar customs and meddlesome relatives.

          Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”) and Aubrey Plaza (“Parks and Recreation”) return to make guest appearances, along with Jason Priestley, Jack Black and Paul Simon in this offbeat comedy that was shot on location in Stockholm.  Additionally, Neve Campbell (“Party of Five”) joins the cast for a four-episode arc as Diane, an American who gets transferred to Stockholm for work as the head of marketing at Emma’s bank.

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