Events Archive

Midsummer Celebration at Oaks Park

This Saturday, June 8th at Oaks Park. The annual Midsummer festival. Come by our booth for some Salmon chowder, a Karelian dog, or simply stop to say hello. Looking forward to seeing everyone.

“Sibelius and Grieg: Influences and Legacies”Sunday, May 5, 2019 in SW Portland

Sacramento-based pianist and composer Jeffrey Jacob will play a concert, “Sibelius and Grieg: Influences and Legacies” to benefit Nordic Northwest, starting at 7pm on Sunday, May 5 at Nordia House, 8800 SW Oleson Road, Portland, Oregon

Vappu Holiday Celebration, April 28th, Nordia House

Vappu kickstarts Spring on Fogelbo Lawn at Nordia House this month. The event is free and open to the public. Come join us for fun, food and a fire!

“Finland and the Cold War” free lecture by James Ford Cooper at Portland State University on Friday, March 1 at 7:30pm

James Ford Cooper, who during the course of a 34-year career with the U.S. Foreign Service, served at the American Embassy in Helsinki between 1976-1979 and again 1984-1986, will speak about the relationship between Finland and the U.S. during the Cold War on Friday, March 1 at 7:30pm at Portland State University, Cramer Hall, room 171. 

This presentation is part of the free Friday Night Lecture Series co-sponsored by Nordic Northwest and PSU’s Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures. Cooper’s talk is also co-sponsored by Finlandia Foundation National and Finlandia Foundation Columbia-Pacific Chapter.
Cooper is the author of On the Finland Watch, a 1999 memoir based on observations and analysis during his time with the State Department. He served as Political Counselor during his first posting to Finland and as Deputy Chief of Mission for his second posting. 

Saxophonist/Vocalist Juli Wood Puts A Jazz Spin on Folk Songs from Finland Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Nordia House in SW Portland

Portland, Oregon, February 4, 2019 –  Chicago-based jazz saxophonist, vocalist and composer Juli Wood and guitarist Paul Silbergleit will explore Finnish folk songs from a jazz perspective starting at 7:30pm on Thursday evening, February 28, 2019 at Nordia House, 8800 SW Oleson Road, Portland, Oregon.

Tickets are available online at or at the door. Ticket price is $25 for members of the two sponsoring organizations, $30 for non-members. The concert is sponsored by Finlandia Foundation Columbia-Pacific Chapter and Nordic Northwest. Wood is Finlandia Foundation National’s 2019 Performer of the Year.

Sunday, July 29, 2018, 7:30pm, Aallotar Concert, Nordia House, Portland:

Aallotar Concert at Nordia House, 8800 SW Oleson Rd, Portland

Aallotar is Teija Niku from Finland and Sara Pajunen from the USA.  FFCPC has invited them to perform in the Great Hall at beautiful Nordia House on Sunday, July 29, 2018.  Ancestors of Sara Pajunen and Teija Niku lived within hours of each other in western Finland – speaking the same language, playing the same music, living the same culture.  In the late 19th century, Pajunen’s ancestors emigrated to northern Minnesota; Niku’s family remained in Finland.  Today, they explore a common heritage in Finnish folk music, even as they create new sounds that reflect their contemporary cultures and various interests.  Pajunen is a violinist, and Niku an accordionist; their lithe instrumentals and beautiful vocal harmonies in both Finnish and English demonstrate how gracefully traditional and modern folk music can speak together.  Pajunen is a former Finlandia Foundation National Performer of the Year.  Aallotar has performed throughout the United States and at European festivals, including Kaustinen Folk Music Festival and Sounds of the North in Gdansk, Poland.  They released their debut recording ‘In Transit’ in 2014.

Sunday, August 19, 2018, Noon to 3pm, Finnic Picnic, Lindgren Cabin, Warrenton:

Annual Finnic Picnic at the Lindgren House, Cullaby Lake County Park, 89990 Hawkins Rd, Warrenton, Oregon.    Free tours of the Lindgren Cabin.