Former Swedish Club Board Member Susan Holmberg has passed away in Sweden of a brain tumor. A second-generation Swedish American, Susan formerly taught Swedish at the Club. She held a doctorate in political science from the UW, and taught politics and media at Mid-Sweden University in Sundsvall for 13 years after moving there.
Scholarship Winners Announced
The Seattle Swedish Community Scholarships announces the following award winners for the 2014 scholarship competition:
Bert Hagg Award #1 ($3,500)
Sophia Wagner, Auburn Mountainview High School
Bert Hagg Award #2 ($3,500)
Sophia Knudson, Shorecrest High School
Erik Strand Award #1 ($3,500)
Alisha Meherally, Newport High School
Erik Strand Award #2 ($3,500)
Hang Bui, Renton High School
Fern and Sven Halgren Award ($3,500)
Eric Xu, Eastlake High School
Josef Oscarsson Award ($1,500)
Caitlin Chinn, Newport High School
Enjoy a free digital issue of the revamped Swedish Press, the only monthly magazine in North America for all things Swedish. Stay up to date on Swedish news, culture, lifestyle, business and traditions all in full color. Check it out today—and if you like what you see, subscribe!
Are You in the Book?
Our new Membership Directory is here! With names and phone numbers of all current members, plus business listings, it's the perfect way to get in touch with those nice folks you saw at the pancake breakfast, or find the right bakery for Swedish goodies. Copies available, to members only, for $5 if you pick them up at the Club. If you want it mailed (add $4 for postage), please call the office at (206) 283-1090.
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.
Friday, July 25. Aallotar at Happy Hour. Aallotar is a freshly minted transatlantic collaboration between violinist Sara Pajunen (Minnesota) and accordionist Teija Niku (Finland). The ensemble is founded on the common musical ground the women share, but also revels in the cultural differences born when a lineage is separated by an ocean and the passage of time. 7:30 p.m.
Did Ann-Margret teach Elvis any Swedish?
Fall Swedish Language Classes Are Coming! The Swedish Club offers Swedish language classes at all levels, from beginning to advanced—plus our popular conversation and drop-in classes. Fall session starts in early October. Prepare for your next trip to Sweden, or brush up on what you've already learned. Check out the schedule and sign up.
Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 1–2. Scandinavian Holiday Bazaar. Three floors of Scandinavian crafts, gifts, baked goods, music, entertainment, and fun! Smörgås, pea soup, waffles and meatballs on Saturday, Swedish pancakes on Sunday. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. both days. Download the application to host a vendor table. Or attend to get an early start on holiday shopping, enjoy a great Swedish meal and greet old friends. $1 admission.
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. 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 serves 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 $99 ($79 for members).
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,
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 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 online at SVT Play, or you can get a free set-top box from SVT.