Annual Membership Celebration

Concerts & Plays

Cook & Eat

Families: Activites & Education



Friday Night Lecture Series

Language and Literature Classes at PSU

Lucia Scholarship


Nordic Film Festival

Opening Celebration Weekend

Scandinavian of the Year



Upcoming Events

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

One of our most popular programs! Come and learn how to make your favorite Nordic dishes. Current season is February - May, with summer off.

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.

Exhibit: Lutheran Education of the Frontier 
January 11 - March 6
Scandinavian immigrants to North America brought with them the core values of their home countries, including a deep appreciation for education. Based on the philosophy of Martin Luther, establishing schools was a top priority for Nordic communities across the United States. Pacific Lutheran University was founded by Norwegian Lutheran ministers in 1890, the first such institution west of the Rockies. This exhibition chronicles how Lutheran educational ideals have been pushed to encompass a greater and greater Segment of society, both at Pacific Lutheran University and back in Scandinavia. It is produced by the Scandinavian Cultural Center at PLU as a traveling exhibition in recognition of PLU's 125th anniversary.

The Dynamic Geology of Iceland
February 5, 7:30pm
PSU - Cramer Hall - Room 171
PSU Professor Scott Burns recently returned from leading a Smithsonian Institution tour of the mystical, magical country of Iceland. Who better to share, in words and pictures, the other-wordly beauty of one of the world's most unique landscapes.

February 14, 4:00pm
Celebrate the Carnival season in Nordic fashion with this family-friendly  day at Nordia House. Fun for young and old(er). Come in costume if you want and enjoy entertainment and hands-on activities - both traditional and contemporary. Watch for more details on our website.

Danish Humor: Fact Or Fiction?
February 27, 6:00pm
Nordia House
Eventbrite - Danish Humor: Fact or Fiction with Henrik Bothe
Mix the gentle humor of Victor Borge, the physical agility of Seinfeld's Kramer, and the cross-generational appeal of Charlie Chaplin and you have some idea of what Henrik Bothe brings to the stage. He spins plates, walks on ladders, juggles without using his hands, spins ropes, manipulates fancy hats, and escapes from a straightjacket while riding a unicycle. Henrik has made appeared with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show, in Las Vegas at Ceasar's Palace, and on Europe's most widely viewed variety show "Le Plus Grande Cabaret du Monde" in Paris. After an appearance on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion," Garrison exclaimed, "Henrik is one of the few jugglers that have ever succeeded in performing on the radio!" Fun for all ages. Click here for flyer.

Lyndom, Bugge & Hoirup
January 25
SE Portland
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The trio consist of three of Denmark's most well known and multi-awarded musicians. Between them, they've received no less than 18 Danish Music Awards (Danish Grammy) for their work with Danish Folk Music! Sonnich Lyndom (accordion, harmonica) Kristian Bugge (fiddle) Morten Alfred Hoirup (guitar, vocals). Lyndom, Bugge, and Hoirup will take you on a journey through the traditions of Danish folk music, from wild polkas and jigs to lyrical waltzes, fiery reels and happy hopsas, plus the exotic "Sonderhoning" dane tunes from the famous island of Fano, and long forgoten songs from all over the country. From rural islands like Laeso to Copenhagen, including a few of their own compositions. This performance will be spiced up with humor and stories from their many years on the road.
Live in Portland, OR!

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

Contact Ross ( or Carol ( with questions.

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

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 

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, Nordia House 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

Every Tuesday - Sunday through June
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.

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