2014 Giving Campaign
You can wear your support for the Swedish Club by buying a scarf—but you can also become a donor and reap even more benefits. Our programs offer music, entertainment, good food and fun events. Our services include Swedish language classes, genealogy and a library for all generations. But we need one more thing to ensure a vibrant Club—we need your financial support to keep our building and community sustainable into the next 50 years.

Help us maintain the Club by donating today. Caring for our building’s future is essential for our continued success. Your gift will help us prepare for the next generation.      Give today...
Bengt Hag with sheaf
Bengt Hag prepares to hang a sheaf at his door in the Green Lake area of Seattle.
Bringing in the Sheaves
In Sweden, no one is left out at Christmas, even the birds. A sheaf of grain is traditionally hung on a post or in a tree before Christmas. If you don’t have your julkärvar (in Swedish) or julenek (in Norwegian) yet, Stina’s Sheaves has a few left. Call 206-778-1081 to get yours. It can be picked up at the Swedish Club or in Ballard.
Job Notices
Ever wish you could get paid for just being Scandinavian? Maybe you can.

RAF Technology, Inc., a software firm in Redmond, Wash., seeks a temporary, part-time Swedish-language data entry specialist. Send your résumé to Sharon Mattax at
Posted 12/12/14

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.
Keep an Eye on the Gävle Goat
When the Hindenburg burst into flames, that was unexpected. In Gävle, Sweden, on the other hand, people more or less expect that pranksters will try to set fire to the world's largest julbock, or straw goat, which is displayed every year during Advent at Gävle's Castle Square. To find out whether the goat survives until Christmas (there's a 36 percent chance, based on history), check its Webcam ... or follow the official blog.

Daily Swedish
Want to learn more Swedish, a little at a time? How about five words a day? Visit Daily Swedish to help build your Swedish vocabulary.
High School Seniors: Apply for Seattle Swedish Community Scholarships
Apply by Mar. 31! Seven college scholarship awards, totaling $20,500, are available for high school seniors in King County. Swedish ancestry is not required. Download an application today!
Freedom of the Press
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.
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.


Friday, Dec. 19. Lunch with Ruby Bishop. The Club is getting the greatest Christmas gift ever—an encore set with a jazz legend. Just shy of her 95th birthday, Ruby returns to entertain us at our Kafé lunch from noon to 2 p.m. Grab a smörgås sandwich and enjoy an afternoon of fantastic piano jazz.

Friday, Dec. 19. Living Large with Lutfisk. Enjoy a traditional Scandinavian lutfisk and meatball dinner during Happy Hour. Our Norwegian pal, Bjarne Varnes, will be the guest chef. Enjoy your lutfisk both ways: Swedish style, with white sauce and hand-ground mustard, or Norwegian style, with bacon and peas. Social hour 6 p.m., dinner 6:30. $25 if you buy your ticket before Wednesday,
Dec. 17; $30 for late RSVPs or at the door.

Wednesday, Dec. 31. New Year’s Eve at the Club! The Three Crowns New Year's Eve Ball gets bigger every year. We'll have an on-site food truck, complimentary party favors, and a free Swedish pancake toast at midnight. Dance to three floors of live music: the Fancy Lads and guest DJs playing British Invasion music in the Cavern Club, the Spyrographs and DJ Joey Webb playing ABBA and other hits in the ballroom, and the Moonspinners with Gigantor in the Three Crowns Lounge. Tickets are $30 through Dec. 7, but the longer you wait, the more the price goes up! Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets and more information at PEP Productions. This event is general admission—only a limited number of shared tables and chairs available. It all starts at 8 p.m.

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 5 of "Allt för Sverige," a reality show to be filmed in Sweden. Contestants will journey throughout Sweden, partaking in extreme cultural challenges to discover their land, roots, and cultural heritage. Grand prize: Meet your Swedish relatives!

Did Ann-Margret teach Elvis any Swedish?
Monday, Jan. 5. Winter Swedish Language Classes Are Coming! Make a resolution to learn Swedish—then follow through with a class at the Club. We offer Swedish language classes at all levels, from beginning to advanced—plus our popular conversation and drop-in classes. Winter session starts the first full week of January. 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.

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 sandwiches, 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 $99 ($79 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 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.