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Mission Statement

Founded in Seattle in 1892 as the Swedish Club, The Swedish Cultural Center has grown from modest beginnings to become a prominent presence in the Pacific Northwest community. Membership consists not only of Scandinavians, but people of many cultural backgrounds.

The Swedish Cultural Center is a nonprofit organization with the objective of promoting a better understanding between the United States and the Scandinavian countries, through learning about, practicing and celebrating the culture and traditions of Scandinavia, with an emphasis on Sweden.

Completed in 1961, the current building overlooks beautiful Lake Union and downtown Seattle, and is ideally located just a few minutes north of downtown Seattle. It serves its members as well as visitors and guests from other parts of the United States and Scandinavia. Among our several prominent visitors over the years has been the Swedish King, Carl XVI Gustaf.

The Center hosts a variety of educational and cultural events and celebrates traditional Swedish and American holidays.


Anytime Gardening. Join Power Weeding at SCC and make a difference! Your schedule, your choice-30 minutes or hours at a whack; your tools and gloves; our master plan. It’s guaranteed to be a go-green, contorting, bending, waist-whittling, heads down, tails up, knee-strengthening, quadriceps and biceps waking time. .

Ka-ching! We need volunteer help cashiering at various special events, including Friday Happy Hours.

Like falling off a (cata)log. Our library needs help cataloguing our 2,000-plus books. It’s a simple typing task with no library experience needed.

Closet chief. Do you love to organize or to plan space? The storage areas of the Swedish Cultural Center show the same strains as a home lived in by a family for 50 years. The closets are filled. Can you help us? Maybe you’re a retired architect or an engineer between opportunities and you’d like to help the Center organize its real storage needs within its existing space. There are storage areas on three floors and we need help to organize what should go where and/or move materials from one area to another.

Yum! We always need help with our pancake breakfasts--cooking, serving and cleaning up.

Looming large. We’ve been given a 19th-century Swedish floor loom! We’re looking for volunteers to help us restring the loom, then choose a project and get started weaving! Let us know if you have expertise to share, or you’d like to learn with along with the rest of us.

To help on any of these projects, please call 206-283-1090 or send e-mail.



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