Fridays, Feb. 3–24. Love, War & Betrayal Film Series.
Four films dealing with World War II and its aftermath in Norway. Co-sponsored by the Swedish Club and the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association. 5 p.m. in the Board Room. Suggested donation $5. In Norwegian with English subtitles.
Nordic Estate Sale
At the Swedish Club, we're keen on mid-century and Scandinavian design, which is why this local estate auction caught our attention: it has both of them, in spades. If you live in the Seattle area, check it out: you can bid online until Thursday, Feb. 23, but you must pick up your items in person on Saturday the 25th.
IT Help Sought
The Swedish Club seeks to hire an IT consultant to keep our computers up and running. Someone who specializes in small businesses and is located in the Seattle area would be ideal. If you are interested, e-mail

Posted 2/9/17

photo: Jerry Gay  
In Memoriam: Stan Boreson
If you grew up in Seattle in the 1950s and '60s, local Norwegian-American comic and musician Stan Boreson was part of your life, via the "King's Klubhouse" TV show. Born in Everett, Stan was not just a funny guy but a tireless cultural ambassador for Nordic-Americans everywhere, and was awarded the St. Olav Medal by King Harald V of Norway. The Swedish Club was honored to host Stan's 90th birthday party in 2015.

Stan passed away Friday night, Jan. 28, 2017, after suffering a stroke. He was 91. We'll provide more details as we receive them. Our condolences to Stan's family and his legions of fans around the world.

Who's More Swedish?
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 7 of "Allt för Sverige," a reality show to be filmed in Sweden. (Check out this episode to see what it's all about.) 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! Six college scholarship awards, totaling $15,500, are available for high school seniors in King County. Swedish ancestry is not required. Download an application today!
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.


Members and guests are welcome. Every last Wednesday of the month, come play bingo! Enjoy pea soup and homemade limpa bread. (Hint: the limpa bread alone is worth coming for.) Food at around 6, bingo at 7 p.m. Bring cash for your bingo cards!

Thursday, Mar. 2. 22nd Annual Raoul Wallenberg Dinner. Join the Nordic Heritage Museum to honor the memory of the Swedish diplomat who intervened to save thousands of Jews from deportation to Nazi concentration camps. The guest speaker is Ruth Jacoby, former Swedish ambassador to Germany and Italy. Tickets are $50 for Museum members, $60 for the general public. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner at 5:30. 3014 NW 67th St., Seattle.

Saturday & Sunday, Mar. 4–5. Antiques & Great Finds Sale. Come to buy beautiful antiques or old treasures—or if you have some treasures of your own, particularly Scandinavian ones, you can rent a table to sell your stuff. Download the application form now, or contact Executive Director for more details. Not enough items or energy to do your own table? We also need used items for the Club’s table, with proceeds to go to the Club.

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.)

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.

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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 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).

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.