Annual Membership Celebration

Concerts & Plays

Cook & Eat

Families: Activites & Education


Friday Night Lecture Series

Language and Literature Classes at PSU

Lucia Scholarship


Opening Celebration Weekend

Scandinavian of the Year



Upcoming Events

Mission Statement
Preserve, Communicate, and Celebrate Scandinavian Heritage and Culture
Scandinavian Heritage Foundation - Upcoming Events

This Week

Next Two Weeks

September 8th - Denmark, October 1942 Opening Reception
September 9th - Wine Wednesday: Druvor Hill 

The Cook & Eat program is on its summer break. Classes will start up again in September 2015 at the new cultural center!

The Friday Night Lectures Series program is on it summer break. These free monthly lectures will start up again in October 2015, at PSU as per tradition.

Opening Reception: Denmark, October 1943
September 8th, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Admission: Free and Open to the Public
Exhibit documents the rescue of more than 7,000 Jews in Denmark, through the efforts of the Danish Resistance movement and regular Danish citizens, ferrying them across the channel to neutral Sweden where they would be safe. The effort involved an estimated 30,000 people, and represents the single largest instance of resistance to German occupation in the history of World War II. 
Open and Free to the general public. Runs through November 1.

Wine Wednesday: Druvor Hill
September 9th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Admission:   Members - $15       Non-Members - $20
With heritage roots in both Norway and Sweden, Druvor Hill is one of the most exciting new wineries established in Oregon. The vineyard is situated in the hills south of Dallas, Oregon. To the south spreads the end of Kings Valley, and on clear days you can see Marys Peak, the tallest mountain in the Oregon Coast Rage. There are 17 plantable acres with the soil being a mix of Jory, Bellpine, and Rickreall spread throughout/ The site produces excellent fruit shadowing deep colors, strong tannis, and wonderful flavor. The site produces excellent fruit showing deep colors, strong tannins, and wonderful flavors. Specializing in Pinot Noirs and Pinor Noir Roses, you will have a treat in store with this tasting. The perfect way to end a busy day, or start off an evening on the town.

Cook & Eat: Fika Taught by Broder's Pastry Chef
September 19th, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Ticketed event: Members - $20       Non-Members - $25
Maximum capacity - 25. Reservations required (with payment)
Cooking demonstration in Nordia House's cafe and kitchen area, and then patrons enjoy the bounty they have prepared. Fika is commonly used to refer to pastries and coffee, but also connotes the experience itself - joining with friends for conversation over light fare. For more information click here.

Oregon Ballet Theater: The Danish Connection
September 23rd, 7:00pm
Reception and lecture-demonstration for OBT's season-opening performance. Special guest choreographer/guests of honor: Frank Andersen - former Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Ballet and the Royal Swedish Ballet, here to stage a world-famus Danish ballet for OBT. Dancers will demonstrate some of the new piece - Napoli. Includes complimentary wine and light hors d'ouevers

Friday Night Lecture Series: Nordic Crime Fiction: Escape or Expose?

Ocotober 2nd, PSU - Cramer Hall Room 171, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Free & Open to the public, reception follows in Room 124

ScanFeast: Arrival - The Feast Increased
Fundraising Dinner and Auction
October 4th, 4:00pm - 8:00pm, $75 per person
Every nonprofit dreams of taking their fundraising efforts to exciting new levels,making it possible to bring even more programs and services to their community. Now, due to the overwhelming response to our Opening, and the prospect of hosting our very first Scan Feast in our new Nordic Center, we are excited to announce that Scan Feast is expanding to a full weekend! We knew that we would have a smaller capacity in our new Center, but we never anticipated having Table Sponsorships totally fill the first night. So, with the same beautiful setting and set-up, the same great food from Broder, and the same outstanding wines, live and silent auctions, raffle and more.
To Sponsor and entire table (eight seats) call: 503-977-0275

East of the Sun, West of the Moon Sami 
Storytellers/Singers, Presentation of Linfield College & Sons of Norway
October 11th, 2:00pm - 3:30pm, admission: free
From Tromso in Northern Norway come three musicians, folklorists, and story-tellers who will spin stories, drum, dance and sing while imparting information about the Norwegians of North Norway, including the Kven and Sami. Learn about the traditions of herding raindeer, singing Joik, and living in a land north of the Arctic Circle where the sun does not set in summer and when the polar lights dance in winter! Hear instruments made from nature, including the bukkenhorn (the goat's horn) and lur (wooden trumpet). Featuring Stina Fagertun, Oistein Hanssen, and Anita Barth-Jorgensen, this presentation is made possible through grants received from the American Scandinavian Foundation, Sons of Norway Frieg Lodge, and Linfield College.

Friends of Fogelbo All-Day Tours of Fogelbo
October 17th, times TBA, Admission: Donation of $20
Fogelbo is on the Register of Historic Places under "local significance." It is a "Steiner Cabin" - circa 1935 - built by the same man who built Timberline Lodge during the Depression. It is built from hand-finished logs, and is the only example of a Steiner Cabin in metro-Portland. (Most are on Mount Hood). In addition, it houses a collection of historically and culturally significant arts, crafts and artifacts from Sweden collected by owner Ross Fogelquist over the last 40 years. Donations to SHF's Friends of Fogelbo are utilized for the upkeep and maintenance of the historic home and collection; and for the future transformation of the building into a mini-museum.

Monday, October 12th, Lessons: 7:30, Dance: 8:30pm, Nordia House
Scandinavian Dance Fest at Nordia House! Come join the Norsk Rundassere at 7:30 for lessons, and then dancing the Hambo from 8:30 - 10pm. Click Here for Additional Information.

Harvest Fest
Monday, October 26th, 7:30 - 10pm, Nordia House
Members: $8      Non-Members: $12       Listening Only: $5       Family (2 adult fees): $16-24
Join the Norsk Rundassere Harvest Dance Live music by Hale Bill and the Bopps of Washington. Festive attire is encouraged. Bring snacks to share.

Danish Brotherhood of America

Danish Brotherhood Centennial Lodge #348 - Eugene OR 
Danish Brotherhood #167 - Portland OR & SW Washington 
Bethany Lutheran Church: 4330 NE 37th Ave. Portland, OR 97211

Danish Sisterhood of America

Danish Sisterhood Mt. Hood Lodge #81 - Portland OR & SW Washington
Bethany Lutheran Church: 4330 NE 37th Ave. Portland, OR 97211

Daughters of Norway

Finlandia Foundation

Sibelius 150th Anniversary Concert
Tuesday, December 8, 7pm, Mount Baker Theater
Tickets: $20       Students & children: $10
Click here to view flyer
For more information, visit or call 360-734-6080

Contact Ross ( or Carol ( with questions.

3014 NW 67th St., Seattle WA
Office & Harmony Hall: 1833 N 105th St, Suite 101, Seattle, WA 98133

Fredagscafe in Seattle
Fredagscafe is an opportunity to socialize in Danish in Seattle, arranged by the Northwest Danish Association. The monthly event welcomes all ages and all levels of Danish. The next Fredagscafe is on Friday, August 7th at 7:30pm at The People's Pub in Ballard. Contact Line Larsen at or call the office (206) 523-3263 at the Northwest Danish Association for more information.

Concert: Kristian Bugge
The Northwest Danish Association is pleased to announce it will be a sponsoring a concert this fall in Seattle featuring Danish award-winning musician, Kristian Bugge! Kristian Bugge is a Danish folk musician who has played in talented groups that have toured internationally and won several acclaimed awards, including two awards at the 2014Danish Music Awards. Save the date: October 18th 2015.

26 Faculty Road, Thousands Oaks, CA 91360. Phone: 805-241-1051.

12180 Park Avenue S, Tacoma, WA, 253.535.7349. Public Hours with FREE admission are on Sundays from 1pm-4pm, and Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 11am-3pm.

Scandinavian Genealogical Society

The SGS assists its members with family research. It resource files and speakers help people find hometowns, obtain and interpret records of families, and make contact with relatives. Meetings are on the third Saturday of the month. Meet at Portland State University in the Finnish Room (124 Cramer Hall). 9:00-12:00pm. Contact: Jeanette Hillend at 360-694-5815 or

Sons of Norway

Grieg Lodge 2-15 - Portland OR
Norse Hall: 111 NE 11th at Couch, Portland OR,  503-236-3401 

1920 Dexter Avenue, Seattle, WA 98109,  206-283-1090

Vasa Order of America

Lodge Tre Kronor #713 - Salem OR
Tre Kronor meets in the Recreation Room in the basement of the Willamette Lutheran Homes: 7693 Wheatland Rd. North, Keizer OR 

Harmoni Lodge #472 - Portland OR
Please contact with questions.

SHF's Lucia Queen of Light Scholarship - APPLY NOW!

Deadline: November 1, 2015
This is the 60th year that the Lucia Queen of Light Scholarship program will honor young women of Nordic descent and crown the official Lucia of Oregon.
 Please see the
Lucia page of this website for complete details and application instructions.

SHF's Scandinavian of the Year Award

The Scandinavian of the Year Award is the most prestigious award given to an individual by SHF, and the winner is announced each year at the Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. Any local Scandinavian organization may nominate someone they feel is worthy of this award. If you have questions about this program, check out our website or call the office at (503) 977-0275.

Portland Danish Meet-up

Swedish Language Meet-Up

Practice your conversational Swedish, whatever level of proficiency. Come to the meetings once a month in NE Portland at 7:00 pm and speak Svenska! Email Peggy at for more information.

Pacific Lutheran University - Scandinavian Area Studies

PLU offers a Scandinavian Studies Program with a concentration either in Scandinavian Area Studies or Norwegian. 

Portland State University - World Languages & Literatures

PSU currently offers language classes in Norwegian & Swedish.

University of Oregon - Scandinavian Studies

U of O offers language (Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish & Old Norse [reading knowledge]) in addition to Scandinavian cultural, history & literature classes. 

University of Washington - Scandinavian Studies

UW courses include languages (Danish, Finnish, Norwegian & Swedish), literature, cinema, and drama. 

Nordic Dancing

Norske Runddansere

Every Monday, 7:30-10pm, $5, No partner needed, Polish Hall at 8800 SW Oleson Rd., Portland, OR 97223
First night fall teaching season is September 14th. We dance, teach mixers, circle and couples dances from all five Scandinavian countries. We meet at the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation's Nordia House at 8800 SW Oleson Rd., Portland, OR 97223. Regular admission is $5 while the first dance is free! Students are also free. $50 for annual membership. Everyone is welcome! Please bring seperate indoor dancing shoes. Lessons every Monday 7:30 - 8:00pm fall-spring. Open request dance year-round. Info: Newgards (503) 636-7509 or Visit 

Grieg Lodge Leikarringen

Youth dance group. Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 7-7:30 pm, at Norse Hall (111 NE 11th Ave.). Parents of younger children are encouraged to participate. Contact David Champion at or Karen Thompson at

Leikarringen of Portland

Sponsored by the Daughters of Norway and Norske Runddansere, this is a youth dance group ages 4 and up. Practices are at St. Philip Neri.

Nordlys Scandinavian Folkdance Ensemble

The Nordlys from Portland have been performing Scandinavian folk dances for audiences in Oregon/Washington since 1987. 

Vasa Youth Group (Rosebuds)

In the Vasa Youth Group Children's Swedish Dance Group, dancers range in age from 2 to 18 years. They practice 2 times a month with performances mainly in December and June. Dancers come from across Portland and SW Washington, boys and girls both are welcome, and new members are accepted anytime. Email Christine and Teri at for more information.

Learn About Private Forestry in Scandinavia on 2016 Tour
The Oregon Woodland Cooperative has organized a forestry tour to Scandinavia especially for family forestland owners, forestry professionals and forest products producers. Guided by experienced foresters, this educational tour will focus on private forestry in Sweden and Norway and the role of woodland owner cooperatives. The tour departs the US on May 27, 2016 and returns on June 14. The tour is co­-sponsored by Washington Co. Small Woodlands Association (a chapter of the Oregon Small Woodlands Assn.) and Oregon State University Forestry & Natural Resources Extension. The tour leader is a Swedish professional forester, and an OSU Extension Forestry Agent will also accompany the group. We will meet woodland owners and tour their tree farms, see harvesting equipment in action, and visit forestry companies, sawmills, equipment manufacturers, and forestry museums. In addition, tour participants will see and experience outstanding natural beauty in the farms, forests, mountains and fjords of Sweden and Norway, and enjoy the cultural highlights of the towns and cities along the way. Group ­rate, round ­trip international airfare from Portland, OR is available. Travel will be by new private motor coach with a professional driver and accommodation in first­ class hotels. Full details, including itinerary, pricing, and registration, are now posted on the OWCwebsite:­forestry­tour

The deadline for reservations is Oct. 1, 2015. Please note that space is limited and reservations will be accepted on a first come basis. For more information, please contact OWC at owc@owco­ or call (888) 800­1192 toll free.

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