on Sunday, Sept. 13, and shop for for new reads at great prices! Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., concurrent with our monthly Swedish pancake breakfast. Proceeds benefit the
Day campers from Queen Anne Community Center stopped by the Club for a meatball lunch and posed for a photo with our new entrance sign. Their four senior counselors even became Social members of the Club! Congraulations to our Guild for getting the sign paid for and mounted in record time.
Swedish in Seattle
UW student Sierra Mason featured the Swedish Club in this video she made for a class project. Enjoy...and see if you can spot yourself in the crowd!
Ever wish you could get paid for just being Scandinavian? Maybe you can.
XtraMath.org, an education nonprofit based in Seattle, is creating a Swedish version of its video series, which teaches basic math skills to children. A native Swedish speaker is needed to portray a teacher in the new series. Must be an adult male or female with a standard Swedish accent, and comfortable in front of the camera, with the poise of a friendly, experienced teacher. No teaching experience or math proficiency required. XtraMath will pay $300 or donate $500 to the charity of your choice. Visit the Web site to see the program in English.
To apply, please send a short introduction to Attach a photo of yourself.
Occasionally we're asked for help translating old letters. It just requires a basic understanding of Swedish, usually Swedish of some decades ago. if you’d like to earn some pocket change while helping people make sense of their family heirlooms.
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, Sept. 4. Malmö Musicians. Thomas Teller and Kristian Carlsson will entertain at the Club during Happy Hour. Sweden is third in the world in exporting music (after the Americans and the Brits.) Tonight they export music to us in the form of two very talented and personable musicians, composers and poets. Maybe you missed them at the Bushwick Book Club event? If so, come on down and catch them this time. Or, if you’ve heard them once, you’ll want to return for sure! Around 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 9. Book Club.
This month’s title is A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) by Fredrik Backman. A wonderful, heartwarming book—highly recommended. Read in Swedish or English and join us to discuss. 5:30 p.m. at the Club.
Friday, Sept. 11. Happy Hour with Jon Persson. An in-demand entertainer on the many cruise ships that launch from Seattle's harbor, Jon Persson likes to make time for the Swedish Club whenever he's in town. Take a sentimental journey with Jon during Happy Hour—without leaving dry land. (If enough of us ask, he might even break out the accordion!) 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 13. Pancakes Come to Those Who Wait. Once a year, we serve our famous pancake breakfast on the second Sunday of the month, not the first. That month is September, when like everyone else, we'll be out savoring summer's last rays of sunshine on Labor Day weekend. We'll postpone the breakfast for a week, then go at it with a vengeance on the 13th.
Authentic Swedish pancakes, ham, lingonberries, and all the right fixin’s. Live music for dancing. $9 guests, $7 Club members, children 5–12 $5. 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.
P.S. In the event that you can't join us for pancakes, you can always try our recipe for yourself at home. Oh, and it took us a while to catch on, but apparently blogging about our pancakes is something of a local obsession. Believe us, these are great pancakes—but if you don't believe us, perhaps you'll believe Joey Veltkamp, the Seattle Times and Seattle P-I, KCTS 9, Seattle magazine, the Seattle Weekly (not once but twice), FlavBlog, Findwell, Culinary Fool, or eight out of nine reviewers at Yelp.
Saturday, Sept. 19. Crazy for Crayfish! Summer's lease hath all too short a date, but our fall events will give you something to look forward to. Case in point: our Kräftskiva crayfish party. Co-sponsored by SWEA. Eat locally caught crayfish and a traditional buffet, drink snaps, sing snapsvisa, and dance the night away. 6 p.m. $60. Must RSVP by Sept. 10 to and then send a check to Mari Orvendal, 31757 NE 102nd Place, Carnation, WA 98014.
Did Ann-Margret teach Elvis any Swedish?
Monday, Oct. 5. Fall Swedish Language Classes Are Coming! It's back to school time, and never too late to start learning Swedish. We offer Swedish language classes at all levels, from beginning to advanced—plus our popular conversation and drop-in classes. Fall session starts the last full week of October. Prepare for your next trip to Sweden, or brush up on what you've already learned. Check out the schedule and sign up.
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, 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. 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.