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In 2017, we celebrate 100 years of Finnish Independence. 

We have many events planned throughout the year.  Here is a list of some of them - you can see more details in the Finland 100 flyer

September 24, 2017: Ruusamari Teppo Concert (in a private home, SW Portland)

Ruusamari Teppo

Sunday, September 24th, 2pm

private home of Sonja L. Haugen

SW Portland

Ruusamari Teppo is the great great granddaughter of Jean Sibelius.  She will be giving an intimate concert as a fundraiser for the Portland Chamber Orchestra in a private SW Portland home.  Tickets are $75 and may be purchased at

October 17, 2017: Sibelius Inspiration Concert by cellist Jussi Makkonen and pianist Nazig Azezian


Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Nordia House

8800 SW Oleson Rd., Portland, OR 97223

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence, two Finnish musicians, cellist Jussi Makkonen and pianist Nazig Azezian, will perform an all-Sibelius concert, Sibelius Inspiration, from 7:30-9:30pm on Tuesday, October 17 at Nordia House, 8800 SW Oleson Road, Portland, Oregon.

“Sibelius drew inspiration from the heroic tales of the national epic poem, Kalevala, and from Finland’s beautiful landscapes – especially the forests and lakes of Karelia,” explained Azezian. “Our aim is for the music, videos and stories to transport the audience to a far-away world of beauty, myth and romance.”

The Sibelius Inspiration live concert will also include narration and videos of the musicians performing in costumes and scenes depicting the places that inspired Sibelius. The videos were filmed in Karelia, in Eastern Finland.

Tickets are available at and at the door.  Co-sponsored by FFCPC, Finlandia Foundation National, Nordic Northwest, and Suomi-Seura/Finland Society. Ticket price: $17 for members of the sponsoring organizations, $22 for non-members.

Links to Jussi and Nazig’s music:

Fire  Ice

November 3, 2017: Lecture - Gustaf Nordenskjöld: Swedish-Finnish Explorer of the Desert SW

by Judith Reynolds,  on Friday, November 3rd, 7:30pm

Room 171, Cramer Hall, Portland State University

1721 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon, 97201

Free event.  Co-sponsored by FFCPC and the Nordic Northwest Friday Night Lecture Series Committee.

December 2-3, 2017: Finland-100 Events at Nordic NW's ScanFair

Portland Veteran's Memorial Coliseum

300 N Winning Way, Portland, Oregon

Finland-100 Events at Nordic NW's ScanFair, including 100 singers singing Maamme and other Finnish songs, Joulupukki/Santa Claus photo booth, and Finnish food booth.  ScanFair tickets available at the door.  At the Portland Veterans’ Memorial Coliseum, 300 N Winning Way, Portland, Oregon.

December 9, 2017: Finland-100 Grand Finale -- Gala Independence Dinner Celebration

Flag of Finland

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

Nordia House

8800 SW Oleson Rd., Portland, OR 97223

Catered by Broder Söder.  Ticket information coming soon.  Sponsored by FFCPC, Finlandia Foundation National, and other local Finnish and Nordic organizations.  If you would like to be a Gala sponsor and/or receive ticket reservation info, send an email to: