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

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.

Lucia Selection & 60th Year Celebration
November 22nd at 3:00pm
Join us for the 2015 Lucia Selection, as this years young women give their speeches as they all strive for the Lucia Crown. After, we celebrate previous Lucia and Lucia Court's for their service to the local community and passion for Nordic culture. 

Giving Tuesday
December 1, All Day!
24 Hours to Give Where Your Heart Is! Plan to join in the effort to make Nordia House even more fun to visit. All donations benefit upcoming programs at our Center. Are you one of those who include end-of-year donations to favorite charities in your holiday gift-giving? Please consider us. Donate online at or come by Nordia House on December 1 for the festivities. 

All Sibelius Concert - Presented by MLC
December 2, 7pm
The historic Messiah Lutheran Church presents All-Sibelius concert in to bring to a close the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth. Suggested donation at the door: $10

December 5, 10am - 5pm
December 6, 10am - 4pm
Memorial Coliseum 
Everyone's favorite Nordic holiday bazaar and market is back this year with over 70 vendors, great entertainment and all kinds of Nordic holiday food! Come enjoy the hustling and bustling of market full of handcrafted and commercial items. Family fun for all. Craft room is available for children, and Santa Clause will taking pictures as well. Join us on Sunday, December 6th for the crowning of this years Lucia! Program to be posted online as details are released.

Members Reception: Skal! Scandinavian Spirits
December 9, 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Members: Free      Non-Members: $10
Complimentary members' reception with special guest Tova Brandt, Curator of the Museum of Danish America. Ms. Brandt will share more about the exhibit with commentary and a video presentation.

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
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, 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

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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