Saturday, May 13. Auction: Back to Our Roots.
The Swedish Club's annual auction is our biggest fundraiser of the year—and a rollicking good time to boot. It's coming up on May 13 at 5:30 p.m. Bid on fantastic items: getaways to Long Beach, Phoenix, Astoria or right here in Seattle; cooking classes; dining at Old Ballard Liquor Co. and Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley; and an Icelandair gift certificate for a flight to anywhere in Scandinavia. Plus dozens of other unique and intriguing items. Make your reservation today! Individual: $95; table of 6: $475. To volunteer, donate an item or help in any other way, call the Club at 206-283-1090.
Swedish Stuff Survey
UW student Karl Bloomberg is researching Nordic decorative arts and their role in forming Scandinavian-American identities. If you have keepsakes from "the old country," Karl invites you to take his online survey. He’s interested in all of it—rosemåling, kurbits, dala horses and other items.
Swedish School Gets Noticed
The Seattle Swedish School, which meets in our building, received a very nice writeup in Swedish magazine SMUL. Follow the link and you'll find the article on page 37—in Swedish!
Past scholarship recipients Brittany Lewis, Emilia Sternberg and Stephen Swanson.
Support a Scholarship
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.


Saturday, Apr. 29. Valborgsmässoafton. This Swedish holiday celebrates spring with songs and bonfires. Join our men's and women's choruses for our own celebration. Enjoy songs and a light supper for a $20 suggested donation. 5:30 social hour, 6:30 concert, food served following the concert.

Bob Charlson
Friday, May 5. History Lecture. Swedish historian Dag Blanck, professor of North American studies at Uppsala University, will speak on “Transatlantic Dreaming: Sweden and the United States since 1800.” Not a boring history lesson! If you’ve ever heard Dag speak, you know how entertaining he is. Free. 7 p.m.

After the lecture, it's Swedish beatnik poetry night with singer/songwriter Eric Miller and his band. A blend of American folk with rock, country and blues. Listen to music and recite a little poetry.

Wednesday, May 10. Give Big Day. Join the biggest community giving day of the year and give to the Swedish Club! This one-day, online charitable giving event inspires people to give generously to nonprofit organizations that make our region a healthier and more vital place to live. Thanks for your generosity to the Club!
Kvinnor Kan
Wednesday, May 30. Kvinnor Kan! Dinner. Tonight we honor former Gov. Christine Gregoire. She was the first woman to be elected attorney general for the state of Washington, and the second female governor. Gov. Gregoire remains a tireless advocate for education, jobs and reform for Washington state. Kvinnor kan means “women can,” and every year the Club honors a local woman who exemplifies that spirit. $40. 6 p.m.

Founded in Seattle in 1892, the Swedish Club 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.

The Swedish Club is a 501(c)(3) registered charity. Learn more about membership.

Would you like to receive e-mail about upcoming events at the Swedish Club? and we’ll add you to our e-mail list.
Give to our General Fund

Smörgås, now on board at the Friday Kafé.
What’s Cooking at the Club?
Our smörgås (sandwiches) are prepared with fresh bakery-style bread, homemade lox and other tempting toppings. Meanwhile, Ann-Margret, Malin and Christine serve up amazing Swedish entrees and desserts during Happy Hour. Come by the Club for lunch (starting at 12 noon) or dinner!

Speak Like a Swede
Our Swedish language classes meet weekly. Several levels of instruction; expert teachers. Print out your registration form and mail it in. Most classes are $112 ($89 for members).

It's Happening Here
Tired of marking your calendar for Swedish Club 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,
Culinary Kudos
It seems that every time the Swedish Club 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 Ballard News-Tribune liked it too. Zagat placed our smörgås (sandwiches) among Seattle's top nine. The Seattle Weekly also found some nice things to say about our smörgås 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 online at SVT Play, or you can get a free set-top box from SVT.