My, What a Big Board...
Club bylaws state that our Board can accommodate up to 18 Members—and thanks to all the floor nominations at our Apr. 10 annual meeting, we've got them! Elected or re-elected to the Board were Dick Libby, Larry Johnson (Vice President of Facilities), Rebecca O'Briant, Malin Jonsson (Vice President), Kathryn Summers, Larry Omdal, Kristina Nordstrom, Susan Ramstead and Per Ola Selander. In addition, Brandon Benson was elected President, Vi Reno was re-elected Treasurer, and Mary McCann is the new Secretary. Congratulations to the new Members and officers.
If you missed all the fun, don't make the same mistake twice! Join the Club today and you'll be eligible to vote for Board Members at the next annual meeting—or be a candidate yourself.
Donate to our scholarship fund and support a student studying Swedish language and culture in the UW Scandinavian Studies department. Invest in the future of Swedish-American cultural exchange.
Club Members in the News
Two Swedish Club members recently attracted the attention of the Seattle Times: Laura Wideburg received notice for her new translation of Swedish novelist Helene Tursten’s The Golden Calf, and Larry Johnson provides an architectural history lesson in a story about a kitchen remodeled by his firm.
Perhaps you've heard of the famous "Seattle Freeze"—the aloof diffidence that natives of our fair city reputedly show to newcomers. You might find this hard to believe, but some people think Scandinavians are responsible! Gene Balk of the Seattle Times ponders the question for us. Find out whether we get off the hook!
A Norwegian, a Swede, and a Dane walk into a volunteer opportunity.
You don't have to be Swedish to help out at the club! We always need volunteers for our pancake breakfasts on the first Sunday of every month. For other events, we can use volunteers to help register guests, etc. Just by e-mail and we'll hook you up.
Seattle International Film Festival is the biggest film festival in the United States. Among the 447 films this year are four new ones from Sweden: The Last Sentence, Belleville Baby, Flicker and Bitch Hug.
waiting list, or book your appointment early for next year.
Friday, May 31. Happy Hour: Barbara Sjoholm.
It took a hundred years, but there's finally an English translation of Emilie Demant Hatt's With the Lapps in the High Mountains. Translator Barbara Sjoholm joins us for a reading from this classic Swedish travel book—an account of the author's time spent living with Sámi communities in northern Sweden in 1907–8. 7 p.m.
Did Ann-Margret teach Elvis any Swedish?
Week of June 17. Swedish Language Classes Begin! This quarter we offer Swedish language classes at all levels, from beginning to advanced—plus our popular conversation and drop-in classes. Start preparing for your next trip to Sweden, or brush up on what you've already learned. Check out the schedule and sign up.
Founded in Seattle in 1892 as
the Swedish Club, the Swedish
Cultural Center has grown to become a center of Scandinavian activities in the Pacific Northwest. Our members are not only Swedes and other Scandinavians, but people of many cultural backgrounds. Learn more about membership.
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Smörgås sandwiches, now on board at the Friday Kafé.
Our smörgås sandwiches are prepared with fresh bakery-style bread, homemade lox and other tempting toppings. Meanwhile, Ann-Margret and Malin serve up amazing Swedish entrees and desserts during Happy Hour. Come by the Center for lunch (starting at 12 noon) or dinner!
Speak Like a Swede
Our Swedish language classes meet weekly. Several levels of instruction; expert teachers. Download your registration form and and bring it to your first class. Most classes are $95 ($75 for members).
Tired of marking your calendar for Swedish Cultural Center events? Now you don't have to! Just visit our new Calendar page for another convenient way to keep up on what's happening. You can still visit our Events page for details on any upcoming event. If you know of something we should add,
It seems that every time the Swedish Cultural Center is mentioned in local media, it has something to do with food and drink. Not that we're complaining. Seattle Metropolitan lauded us for offering the city's best Swedish happy hour, and the the Ballard News-Tribune liked it too. The Seattle Weekly found some nice things to say about our smörgås sandwiches and gave a blow-by-blow account of our pea soup challenge, while the P-I reported on our Swedish meatball cook-off. And of course, our pancake breakfasts have gotten so much attention, they're practically a PR campaign unto themselves.
Are You Needin' News from Sweden?
Hit The Swedish Wire any time you want to catch up on events between the border and the Baltic. And for a weekly report on Swedish business, economy, politics and other news, you can subscribe to The Swedish Wire’s newsletter.
If you'd rather listen to your news, try Radio Sweden. And if you're missing your Swedish TV, it's all online at SVT Play.