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Scandinavian Organizations in DC

Norwegian Organizations

Lakselaget DC - For professional Women interested in Norway. The focus is on contemporary Norway and current issues, with an emphasis on economy, science, culture, and politics. While many members are of Norwegian descent, some are simply fascinated with Norway.

Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC)  - Mid-Atlantic Chapter - Assists in promoting trade and goodwill between the people of the United States and the people of Norway.

Norwegian American Club of Maryland - Promotes good fellowship among its members and good relations between Norway and the United States. Meets in Baltimore monthly.

Norwegian Society of Washington, DC - Social organization that promotes good fellowship among interested people of Norwegian ancestry or affiliation. Preserves the traditions, culture and history of the Norwegian and Norwegian-American people and to promote knowledge and understanding of Norway today.

Sons of Norway Hampton Roads - In Virginia Beach, VA.

Sons of Norway Nordkap Lodge - In Baltimore, MD.

Scandinavian Organizations

American Scandinavian Association - Works to promote cultural exchange between the United States and the Nordic Countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden; to increase understanding of the Nordic peoples and societies among Americans; and to provide a forum where people interested in Scandinavia can meet and enjoy Nordic culture and activities.

The Danish Club of Washington, D.C. - Offers a variety of events designed to bring together members interested in learning about Danish culture and in preserving Danish traditions.

Drott Lodge, Vasa Order of America - Allows Americans of Swedish descent to retain customs and traditions of their immigrant parents and grandparents and maintain cultural and personal ties with the homeland of their ancestors. Membership open to all.

Finlandia Foundation of the National Capital Area - Organized to cultivate and strengthen the cultural relations between the United States and Finland.

Finn Spark Inc - Engages in charitable, educational, and cultural activities; raises funds to benefit the elderly and children’s causes; and gives scholarships to educational and cultural institutions in Finland and in the United States.

The Icelandic Association of Washington, D.C. - Promotes and celebrates Icelandic traditions and heritage. Open to native Icelanders, American/Icelanders, and those who just love all things Icelandic!

Sveaborg Society in Maryland - Promotes Swedish holidays and traditions and is a meeting place for Swedes living in the Maryland area.

SWEA Washington DC - For Swedish-speaking woman over 18. They organize cultural programs, excursions, happy hours, and a Christmas Bazaar, and maintain a library of Swedish literature.

Swedish Language Meetup for DC, VA and MD - This group hosts conversational outings for native, intermediate and advanced Swedish speakers. They also hold study sessions for beginners will be able to study, do vocabulary review and so on in an unstructured, but social manner.

Bazaars

The ASA maintains an up-to-date list of Scandianvian bazaars held every November/December in the Washington, DC, area. This includes Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, and Icelandic bazaars.

Churches

Services for these Scandinavian-language churches are usually held once a month except during the summer. Special services are held around Christmastime.

Danish Church Service - Last Sundays at Faith Lutheran Church, 3313 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, VA. Call Eigil Madsen 301-770-0958.

Finnish Worship Service - Second Sundays at Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church,  6201 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA. Contact Mirja Clement at 240-401-6535, mirja.clement@finnchurch.org.

Norwegian Church Service - Second Sundays at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 7730 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda, MD. Service conducted in Norwegian. Call Call Lasse Syversen at 301-641-7908 or email at lasse@flagship.com.

Swedish Lutheran Church of Washington, DC - First Sundays from September through June at Augustana Lutheran Church

Embassies

The embassy websites provide an overview of each country's cultural events in the Washington, DC, area, as well as events sponsored by the embassy.

Dance & Music

Mid-Atlantic Norwegian Dancers (MAND) - A loose network of Norwegiophiles centered in the Baltimore-Washington-Frederick area. They have monthly Norwegian-style house parties with potluck and dancing, and an annual Spring Springar Spree on May Day weekend.

Nordic Dancers of Washington, DC - a Scandinavian folk dance group that preserves the traditions of community dance groups that were brought to this country by immigrants from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

Scandia DC - a Scandinavian Folk Dance Group dedicated to the enjoyment of Norwegian and Swedish couple turning dances. The group meets every 3rd Saturday of the month from September through May.

Scandinavian Dance Classes - Beginning and advanced classes, held in Bethesda, MD.

Svenska Sånggruppen (Swedish Song Group, SSG) - Meets monthly (Sept.-May) in Greenbelt, MD, to sing Swedish ballads, hymns, and folk songs to maintain the strong Swedish cultural song traditions