Donate $1,000 or more to the Swedish Club by Monday, Feb. 15, and enjoy hors d'oeuvres on a yacht cruise of Lake Washington! We host an appreciation event every year for the previous year's major donors—but this one's special, so we're extending the deadline a little. Spend an afternoon with Honorary Swedish Consul Lars Jonsson on his yacht, the Golden Eagle. The cruise will be on Sunday, Feb. 21, starting at 3 p.m.
Semlor at the Kafé
Centuries ago, semlor was a Shrove Tuesday tradition in Sweden: the last sweet thing you ate before embarking on your Lenten fast. Modern attitudes are more relaxed, and Swedes now enjoy these cardamom-spiced wheat buns, stuffed with almond paste and whipped cream, on weekends throughout Lent. Stop by our Friday Kafé for your own semla ($6) from now until Easter. (If you want extra semlor to take home, they must be ordered by Wednesday each week.)
Wednesdays, Mar. 23–Apr. 6: Genealogy 101 Class
Polish your research skills in this new genealogy class from Swedish Club member Jill Morelli. Learn to trace your Swedish ancestry, even if you don't speak Swedish. Members $10 per session; non-members $15. Or take the whole series and save $5. 6 p.m. Sign up today.
Are you a Swedish American with a longing for the homeland—and 15 minutes of fame? Swedish TV producers are conducting a nationwide casting search for fun, outgoing Americans with Swedish ancestry to participate in Season 6 of "Allt för Sverige," a reality show to be filmed in Sweden. (Check out this episode to see what it's all about.) Application deadline is Feb. 12. Contestants will journey throughout Sweden, partaking in extreme cultural challenges to discover their land, roots, and cultural heritage. Grand prize: Meet your Swedish relatives!
High School Seniors: Apply for Seattle Swedish Community Scholarships
Apply by Mar. 31! Seven college scholarship awards, totaling $19,000, are available for high school seniors in King County. Swedish ancestry is not required. Download an application today!
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.
Get the details now!
Wednesday, Feb. 10. Book Club in the Bar. We’re reading In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. Chilling eyewitness account of Berlin, starting in 1933. Read in Swedish or English and join us to discuss. 5:30 p.m. at the Club. For more information, contact
Wednesday, Feb. 10. Members & Friends Dinner. Screening of The Mayor of Ballard by Titus Richard, a short documentary ostensibly about a blacksmith in Ballard but more about how Ballard is losing its soul. Ann-Margret is chef.
Cost of dinner $20 ($25 if you RSVP after Monday, Feb. 8). Social hour 5:30, dinner 6:30.
Friday, Feb. 12. Author Event. Swedish-American Jayne Amelia Larson, a New York Times best-selling author, will read from her memoir Driving the Saudis, describing her experiences as a driver for the Saudi royal family in Beverly Hills. Jayne comes from a long line of Swedish boat builders; her father is from Malmö. 7:30 p.m. in the lobby.
Friday, Feb. 19. Maria Männistö Sings Jazz. Maria Männistö is truly a sweetheart of the Swedish Club. Back in Seattle from her European engagements, tonight she sings jazz. With Cameron Peace, guitar, and Aaron Otheim, piano. 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 26. Program on Search and Rescue. Swedish-born Suzanne Elshult and her 6-year-old Labrador, Keb, will be here. She’ll describe what it’s like working on Search and Rescue with a canine companion. 7:30 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. 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 $112 ($89 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.