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Nordic Innovation Summit 2020 - STAGE

May 14 2020

Registration is now open for the Nordic Innovation Summit 2020 presented by Ericsson!

This year’s Summit will focus on the theme of sustainability, in all its forms – economic, environmental, technological, and societal—and the lessons and opportunities Nordic and Pacific Northwest leaders can share.

Featured Speakers

Henrik Henriksson & Elaine Weidman Grunewald
  • President and CEO of Scania & Co-Founder of the AI Sustainability Center

Henrik Henriksson, CEO of Scania, a global leader in sustainable transport solutions in the heavy vehicle industry, and Elaine Weidman Grunewald, co-founder of the AI Sustainability Center. Based on interviews with leading Nordic CEOs and global sustainability experts, Henricksson and Grunewald have written a book that captures Sweden’s “secret sauce” for economic and environmental sustainability and provides a road map for any company that wants to remake itself through a commitment to sustainability.

Mårten Mickos
  • CEO of HackerOne

Raised in Finland, Mårten Mickos has been a leader in the commercial open source community, and now heads one of the world’s leading digital security and bug bounty platforms, giving him a unique perspective on how companies, governments, and society as a whole must come to grips with online security and privacy issues.

Eva Karlsson
  • CEO of Houdini

Eva Karlsson is the CEO of Houdini, a rapidly growing Swedish outdoor brand and leader in corporate social responsibility. Karlsson and her team are focused on transforming their business through sustainability principles, including 360-degree products that incorporate recycled materials and can in turn be recycled or composted, offering clothing and other non-traditional products for rent and other product-as-a-service solutions.

Agenda for Nordic Innovation Summit 2020

Thursday, May 14
07:30 am

Registration and Coffee
Welcome
Keynote
Panels

12:00 am

Lunch
Afternoon Keynote
Panels

05:00 pm

Reception

Detailed agenda will be announced shortly.

Speakers

Henrik Henriksson
President and CEO of Scania
Speaker Details +
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Henrik Henriksson
President and CEO of Scania

Henrik Henriksson joined Scania 1997. Two decades later, 2016, he was appointed President and CEO. Entrepreneurial at heart, Henrik joined Scania to explore global business and has stayed thanks to Scania’s strong customer focus, the delegated responsibility and the constant aim to do better.

The transport industry accounts for a significant share of the global CO2 emissions, and is one of the issues Agenda 2030 has to tackle. Henrik’s passion and fierce advocacy for sustainability has become a beacon in the shift towards a fossil free transport system. Henrik is an advisor to the Swedish Government and part of their delegation for the Agenda 2030; the UN’s sustainable development goals. He is also a board member of the Association of Swedish Engineering Industries.

He leads Scania from Sweden where the political commitment to decarbonize, power of innovation and competition within a strong heavy commercial vehicle cluster has enabled significant progress. With a new defined purpose for the company, Henrik continues to position Scania as a role model in decarbonizing the heavy commercial vehicle sector.

Henrik is a proud father of two young girls who spur him and who he considers the true judges of his legacy!

Elaine Weidman Grunewald
Co-founder of the AI Sustainability Center
Speaker Details +
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Elaine Weidman Grunewald
Co-founder of the AI Sustainability Center

Elaine Weidman Grunewald is a co-founder of the AI Sustainability Center, a world leading center for identifying, measuring and governing ethical and societal implications of AI and data-driven technologies.

Elaine is an expert on global sustainability and development issues. She has worked for over two decades in the private sector, focusing on digitalization and sustainable development challenges across multiple sectors. Elaine is a frequent speaker at conferences including the World Economic Forum and the United Nations, and has been actively engaged in the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and the Business and Sustainable Development Commission.

Elaine was formerly SVP and Chief Sustainability and Public Affairs Officer at Ericsson, and a member of the Executive Team, where she also headed the company’s humanitarian and disaster response program.

Elaine is a board member of Sweco AB, an architecture and consulting firm that designs communities and cities of the future, as well as Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative, which focuses on the importance of youth empowerment in peacebuilding.

Elaine holds a double Master’s degree in International Relations from Boston University’s Center for Energy & Environmental Studies and Resource & Environmental Management.

Contact Elaine via LinkedIn or via e-mail at elaine@aisustainability.org

Mårten Mickos
CEO of HackerOne
Speaker Details +
X
Mårten Mickos
CEO of HackerOne

Raised in Finland, Mårten Mickos has been a leader in the commercial open source community, and now heads one of the world’s leading digital security and bug bounty platforms, giving him a unique perspective on how companies, governments, and society as a whole must come to grips with online security and privacy issues.

Eva Karlsson
CEO of Houdini
Speaker Details +
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Eva Karlsson
CEO of Houdini

Eva Karlsson is CEO of Houdini, a rapidly growing Swedish outdoor brand and leader in corporate social responsibility. Karlsson and her team are focused on transforming their business through sustainability principles, including 360-degree products that incorporate recycled materials and can in turn be recycled or composted, offering clothing and other non-traditional products for rent and other product-as-a-service solutions.

Additional speakers will be announced in the weeks ahead.

Venue

Sponsors

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Ericsson is one of the leading providers of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to service providers. We enable the full value of connectivity by creating game-changing technology and services that are easy to use, adopt, and scale, making our customers successful in a fully connected world.
www.ericsson.com

X

Started in 1989, Stellar was the vision of Lars Jonsson, who founded the Company with Laurie McDonald Jonsson and Stan McDonald (the late founder of Princess Cruises).  Lars believed a global development and investment organization in Seattle and Stockholm could be formed with foundational tenants in sustainability, innovation and social impact. Over the past 25+ years, that vision has resulted in over $1B invested into the purchase and/or development in the communities we call home. Our employees and owners work to cultivate an atmosphere that promotes creativity, professional development, and a community-centric work ethic.
www.stellar.com

X

GeekWire is a fast-growing, national technology news site with strong roots in the Seattle region and a large audience of loyal, tech-savvy readers around the globe, who follow the site for breaking news, expert analysis and unique insights into the technology industry. Founded in 2011, GeekWire is uniquely positioned to cover some of the most widely followed and innovative tech companies in the world, and one of the most vibrant startup markets in the country.
www.geekwire.com

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Nordic Innovation House gives Nordic companies, from startups to corporations, a head start in the most relevant global innovation hubs. By offering a strong community, connections to the local ecosystem, and programs for acceleration, they support you so you hit the ground running.

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Hurtigruten is an exploration company in the truest sense of the word, offering unparalleled experiences in the most remote corners of the world. As the largest operator in both poles, and with over 126 years of know-how, our captains, crew, and expedition teams have the most expertise in polar destinations. We offer the widest selection of expedition cruises with over 40 itinerary options, more than 70 departures, and over 200 excursions in Alaska, Antarctica, the Caribbean and Central America, Greenland, Iceland, North America, the Northwest Passage, Norway, South America, and Svalbard.

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Nordic Innovation Summit 2020 - Cloned

May 14 2020

Registration is now open for the Nordic Innovation Summit 2020 presented by Ericsson!

This year’s Summit will focus on the theme of sustainability, in all its forms – economic, environmental, technological, and societal—and the lessons and opportunities Nordic and Pacific Northwest leaders can share.

We will also hear from Ericsson, one of the worldwide leaders in Fifth Generation (5G) wireless technology, as well as Nordic and Northwest entrepreneurs on how 5G technology can transform communications, manufacturing, health care, and other sectors.

Keynote Speakers

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Claes Cegrell
  • Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Ericsson

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Henrik Henriksson & Elaine Weidman Grunewald
  • President and CEO of Scania & Co-Founder of the AI Sustainability Center

Henrik Henriksson, CEO of Scania, a global leader in sustainable transport solutions in the heavy vehicle industry, and Elaine Weidman Grunewald, co-founder of the AI Sustainability Center. Based on interviews with leading Nordic CEOs and global sustainability experts, Henricksson and Grunewald have written a book that captures Sweden’s “secret sauce” for economic and environmental sustainability and provides a road map for any company that wants to remake itself through a commitment to sustainability.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Mårten Mickos
  • CEO of HackerOne

Raised in Finland, Mårten Mickos has been a leader in the commercial open source community, and now heads one of the world’s leading digital security and bug bounty platforms, giving him a unique perspective on how companies, governments, and society as a whole must come to grips with online security and privacy issues.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Eva Karlsson
  • CEO of Houdini

Eva Karlsson is the CEO of Houdini Sportswear, a progressive and rapidly growing Swedish outdoor brand and a trailblazer in corporate responsibility. Since 2001, Eva together with a team of likeminded leaders, have been redesigning Houdini’s business to become a force for good – providing state-of-the-art circular products, offering product-as-a-service solutions, and building a co-creative community for open-source innovation, sharing knowledge and inspiring reconnection to nature. Rather than focusing on Houdini's outstanding track record in sustainable development, Eva emphasizes the journey ahead and the untapped opportunities and abundant value in designing attractive and regenerative lifestyle solutions.

Agenda for Nordic Innovation Summit 2020

Thursday, May 14
07:30 am

Registration and Coffee
Welcome
Keynote
Panels

12:00 pm

Lunch
Afternoon Keynote
Panels

05:00 pm

Reception

Detailed agenda will be announced shortly.

Speakers

Henrik Henriksson
President and CEO of Scania
Speaker Details +
X
Henrik Henriksson
President and CEO of Scania

Henrik Henriksson joined Scania 1997. Two decades later, 2016, he was appointed President and CEO. Entrepreneurial at heart, Henrik joined Scania to explore global business and has stayed thanks to Scania’s strong customer focus, the delegated responsibility and the constant aim to do better.

The transport industry accounts for a significant share of the global CO2 emissions, and is one of the issues Agenda 2030 has to tackle. Henrik’s passion and fierce advocacy for sustainability has become a beacon in the shift towards a fossil free transport system. Henrik is an advisor to the Swedish Government and part of their delegation for the Agenda 2030; the UN’s sustainable development goals. He is also a board member of the Association of Swedish Engineering Industries.

He leads Scania from Sweden where the political commitment to decarbonize, power of innovation and competition within a strong heavy commercial vehicle cluster has enabled significant progress. With a new defined purpose for the company, Henrik continues to position Scania as a role model in decarbonizing the heavy commercial vehicle sector.

Henrik is a proud father of two young girls who spur him and who he considers the true judges of his legacy!

Elaine Weidman Grunewald
Co-founder of the AI Sustainability Center
Speaker Details +
X
Elaine Weidman Grunewald
Co-founder of the AI Sustainability Center

Elaine Weidman Grunewald is a co-founder of the AI Sustainability Center, a world leading center for identifying, measuring and governing ethical and societal implications of AI and data-driven technologies.

Elaine is an expert on global sustainability and development issues. She has worked for over two decades in the private sector, focusing on digitalization and sustainable development challenges across multiple sectors. Elaine is a frequent speaker at conferences including the World Economic Forum and the United Nations, and has been actively engaged in the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and the Business and Sustainable Development Commission.

Elaine was formerly SVP and Chief Sustainability and Public Affairs Officer at Ericsson, and a member of the Executive Team, where she also headed the company’s humanitarian and disaster response program.

Elaine is a board member of Sweco AB, an architecture and consulting firm that designs communities and cities of the future, as well as Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative, which focuses on the importance of youth empowerment in peacebuilding.

Elaine holds a double Master’s degree in International Relations from Boston University’s Center for Energy & Environmental Studies and Resource & Environmental Management.

Contact Elaine via LinkedIn or via e-mail at elaine@aisustainability.org

Mårten Mickos
CEO of HackerOne
Speaker Details +
X
Mårten Mickos
CEO of HackerOne

Raised in Finland, Mårten Mickos has been a leader in the commercial open source community, and now heads one of the world’s leading digital security and bug bounty platforms, giving him a unique perspective on how companies, governments, and society as a whole must come to grips with online security and privacy issues.

Eva Karlsson
CEO of Houdini
Speaker Details +
X
Eva Karlsson
CEO of Houdini

Eva Karlsson is CEO of Houdini, a rapidly growing Swedish outdoor brand and leader in corporate social responsibility. Karlsson and her team are focused on transforming their business through sustainability principles, including 360-degree products that incorporate recycled materials and can in turn be recycled or composted, offering clothing and other non-traditional products for rent and other product-as-a-service solutions.

Claes Cegrell
Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Ericsson
Speaker Details +
X
Claes Cegrell
Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Ericsson

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Additional speakers will be announced in the weeks ahead.

Venue

Sponsors

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Ericsson is one of the leading providers of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to service providers. We enable the full value of connectivity by creating game-changing technology and services that are easy to use, adopt, and scale, making our customers successful in a fully connected world.
www.ericsson.com

X

Started in 1989, Stellar was the vision of Lars Jonsson, who founded the Company with Laurie McDonald Jonsson and Stan McDonald (the late founder of Princess Cruises).  Lars believed a global development and investment organization in Seattle and Stockholm could be formed with foundational tenants in sustainability, innovation and social impact. Over the past 25+ years, that vision has resulted in over $1B invested into the purchase and/or development in the communities we call home. Our employees and owners work to cultivate an atmosphere that promotes creativity, professional development, and a community-centric work ethic.
www.stellar.com

X

GeekWire is a fast-growing, national technology news site with strong roots in the Seattle region and a large audience of loyal, tech-savvy readers around the globe, who follow the site for breaking news, expert analysis and unique insights into the technology industry. Founded in 2011, GeekWire is uniquely positioned to cover some of the most widely followed and innovative tech companies in the world, and one of the most vibrant startup markets in the country.
www.geekwire.com

X
X

Nordic Innovation House gives Nordic companies, from startups to corporations, a head start in the most relevant global innovation hubs. By offering a strong community, connections to the local ecosystem, and programs for acceleration, they support you so you hit the ground running.

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Media

Nordic Innovation Summit 2020

May 14 2020

Registration is now open for the Nordic Innovation Summit 2020 presented by Ericsson!

This year’s Summit will focus on the theme of sustainability, in all its forms – economic, environmental, technological, and societal—and the lessons and opportunities Nordic and Pacific Northwest leaders can share.

Featured Speakers

Henrik Henriksson & Elaine Weidman Grunewald
  • President and CEO of Scania & Co-Founder of the AI Sustainability Center

Henrik Henriksson, CEO of Scania, a global leader in sustainable transport solutions in the heavy vehicle industry, and Elaine Weidman Grunewald, co-founder of the AI Sustainability Center. Based on interviews with leading Nordic CEOs and global sustainability experts, Henricksson and Grunewald have written a book that captures Sweden’s “secret sauce” for economic and environmental sustainability and provides a road map for any company that wants to remake itself through a commitment to sustainability.

Mårten Mickos
  • CEO of HackerOne

Raised in Finland, Mårten Mickos has been a leader in the commercial open source community, and now heads one of the world’s leading digital security and bug bounty platforms, giving him a unique perspective on how companies, governments, and society as a whole must come to grips with online security and privacy issues.

Eva Karlsson
  • CEO of Houdini

Eva Karlsson is the CEO of Houdini, a rapidly growing Swedish outdoor brand and leader in corporate social responsibility. Karlsson and her team are focused on transforming their business through sustainability principles, including 360-degree products that incorporate recycled materials and can in turn be recycled or composted, offering clothing and other non-traditional products for rent and other product-as-a-service solutions.

Agenda for Nordic Innovation Summit 2020

Thursday, May 14
07:30 am

Registration and Coffee
Welcome
Keynote
Panels

12:00 pm

Lunch
Afternoon Keynote
Panels

05:00 pm

Reception

Detailed agenda will be announced shortly.

Speakers

Henrik Henriksson
President and CEO of Scania
Speaker Details +
X
Henrik Henriksson
President and CEO of Scania

Henrik Henriksson joined Scania 1997. Two decades later, 2016, he was appointed President and CEO. Entrepreneurial at heart, Henrik joined Scania to explore global business and has stayed thanks to Scania’s strong customer focus, the delegated responsibility and the constant aim to do better.

The transport industry accounts for a significant share of the global CO2 emissions, and is one of the issues Agenda 2030 has to tackle. Henrik’s passion and fierce advocacy for sustainability has become a beacon in the shift towards a fossil free transport system. Henrik is an advisor to the Swedish Government and part of their delegation for the Agenda 2030; the UN’s sustainable development goals. He is also a board member of the Association of Swedish Engineering Industries.

He leads Scania from Sweden where the political commitment to decarbonize, power of innovation and competition within a strong heavy commercial vehicle cluster has enabled significant progress. With a new defined purpose for the company, Henrik continues to position Scania as a role model in decarbonizing the heavy commercial vehicle sector.

Henrik is a proud father of two young girls who spur him and who he considers the true judges of his legacy!

Elaine Weidman Grunewald
Co-founder of the AI Sustainability Center
Speaker Details +
X
Elaine Weidman Grunewald
Co-founder of the AI Sustainability Center

Elaine Weidman Grunewald is a co-founder of the AI Sustainability Center, a world leading center for identifying, measuring and governing ethical and societal implications of AI and data-driven technologies.

Elaine is an expert on global sustainability and development issues. She has worked for over two decades in the private sector, focusing on digitalization and sustainable development challenges across multiple sectors. Elaine is a frequent speaker at conferences including the World Economic Forum and the United Nations, and has been actively engaged in the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and the Business and Sustainable Development Commission.

Elaine was formerly SVP and Chief Sustainability and Public Affairs Officer at Ericsson, and a member of the Executive Team, where she also headed the company’s humanitarian and disaster response program.

Elaine is a board member of Sweco AB, an architecture and consulting firm that designs communities and cities of the future, as well as Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative, which focuses on the importance of youth empowerment in peacebuilding.

Elaine holds a double Master’s degree in International Relations from Boston University’s Center for Energy & Environmental Studies and Resource & Environmental Management.

Contact Elaine via LinkedIn or via e-mail at elaine@aisustainability.org

Mårten Mickos
CEO of HackerOne
Speaker Details +
X
Mårten Mickos
CEO of HackerOne

Raised in Finland, Mårten Mickos has been a leader in the commercial open source community, and now heads one of the world’s leading digital security and bug bounty platforms, giving him a unique perspective on how companies, governments, and society as a whole must come to grips with online security and privacy issues.

Eva Karlsson
CEO of Houdini
Speaker Details +
X
Eva Karlsson
CEO of Houdini

Eva Karlsson is CEO of Houdini, a rapidly growing Swedish outdoor brand and leader in corporate social responsibility. Karlsson and her team are focused on transforming their business through sustainability principles, including 360-degree products that incorporate recycled materials and can in turn be recycled or composted, offering clothing and other non-traditional products for rent and other product-as-a-service solutions.

Additional speakers will be announced in the weeks ahead.

Venue

Sponsors

X

Ericsson is one of the leading providers of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to service providers. We enable the full value of connectivity by creating game-changing technology and services that are easy to use, adopt, and scale, making our customers successful in a fully connected world.
www.ericsson.com

X

Started in 1989, Stellar was the vision of Lars Jonsson, who founded the Company with Laurie McDonald Jonsson and Stan McDonald (the late founder of Princess Cruises).  Lars believed a global development and investment organization in Seattle and Stockholm could be formed with foundational tenants in sustainability, innovation and social impact. Over the past 25+ years, that vision has resulted in over $1B invested into the purchase and/or development in the communities we call home. Our employees and owners work to cultivate an atmosphere that promotes creativity, professional development, and a community-centric work ethic.
www.stellar.com

X

GeekWire is a fast-growing, national technology news site with strong roots in the Seattle region and a large audience of loyal, tech-savvy readers around the globe, who follow the site for breaking news, expert analysis and unique insights into the technology industry. Founded in 2011, GeekWire is uniquely positioned to cover some of the most widely followed and innovative tech companies in the world, and one of the most vibrant startup markets in the country.
www.geekwire.com

X
X

Nordic Innovation House gives Nordic companies, from startups to corporations, a head start in the most relevant global innovation hubs. By offering a strong community, connections to the local ecosystem, and programs for acceleration, they support you so you hit the ground running.

X
X

Hurtigruten is an exploration company in the truest sense of the word, offering unparalleled experiences in the most remote corners of the world. As the largest operator in both poles, and with over 126 years of know-how, our captains, crew, and expedition teams have the most expertise in polar destinations. We offer the widest selection of expedition cruises with over 40 itinerary options, more than 70 departures, and over 200 excursions in Alaska, Antarctica, the Caribbean and Central America, Greenland, Iceland, North America, the Northwest Passage, Norway, South America, and Svalbard.

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Join the National Nordic Museum's Eric Nelson and Professor Terje Leiren on a trip through the Nordic Region! 

Monday, August 17–Saturday, August 29, 2020

Tour Itinerary August 17-27, 2020

Monday, August 17, Copenhagen 

Start the evening with a short walk to Tivoli Gardens for a festive welcome dinner. You’ll have time after dinner to explore Tivoli on your own. 

Tuesday, August 18, Copenhagen

Morning sightseeing tour including a visit to the Little Mermaid, an outside visit to the present day royal palace of Amalieborg and inside visits to the renaissance residence of King Christian IV, Rosenborg Castle, and the National Gallery, Denmark’s largest art museum.

Wednesday, August 19, Copenhagen

Visit Denmark’s National Museum, which houses one of Europe’s best collection of Iron and Viking Age artifacts--and go behind the scenes with the experts!

Thursday, August 20, Copenhagen to Oslo

Take the scenic coastal route north to visit Kronborg Castle, the site of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Spend time in Elsinore before boarding an overnight cruise to Oslo.

Friday, August 21, Oslo 

Start the morning sightseeing by bus and visit the Vigeland Sculpture Park and the famed Viking Ship Museum. An afternoon walking tour of downtown Oslo takes you to the roof of the Oslo Opera House as well as Oslo City Hall, where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded, and the brand new Munch Museum.

Saturday, August 22, Oslo

Visit the Fram Museum where you will be able to walk through the polar ships Fram and Gjoa. We’ll also visit Norway’s largest open air museum, the Norske Folkemusuem. We’ll have a late afternoon lecture before dinner on your own.

Sunday, August 23, Oslo to Stockholm

After a morning flight from Oslo to Stockholm, we’ll stop at Sweden’s great university city, Uppsala to visit its cathedral. Enjoy some free time for lunch on your own before continuing on to Stockholm.

Monday, August 24, Stockholm

The morning tour to Djurgården takes you to Sweden’s Nordic Museum and the Vasa Museum, which is built over a large Swedish warship from 1628 that sunk in Stockholm’s harbor on its maiden voyage.

Tuesday, August 25, Stockholm 

This morning we’ll have a walking tour to nearby Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town. We end at the National Museum, for a visit to Sweden’s art museum.

Wednesday, August 26, Stockholm to Helsinki

Following a morning lecture, visit the Swedish History Museum with its famous Gold Room. Have dinner aboard the Silja Line ship to Helsinki, as it sails along the Stockholm Archipelago with its 24,000 islands.

Thursday, August 27, Helsinki 

After arriving in Helsinki, spend the morning sightseeing the Temppeliaukio Church (Rock Church), the Sibelius Monument and the National Museum. Afterwards, walk to the nearby Market Square where there are ample choices for lunch on your own.

Friday, August 28, Helsinki

Take a walking tour with visits to the nearby Lutheran Cathedral, Ateneum Art Museum, and the Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum. This evening we’ll finish things up with a dinner at a local restaurant.

Saturday, August 29, Helsinki

Say goodbye to the friends you’ve made on this tour and head home after breakfast. 

All tour arrangements made by Tumlare.  Please see Tumlare booking/information page for latest updates.

Photos of Copenhagen, Oslo, Upsalla, Stockholm, Helsinki and other destinations by:

Tony YakovlenkoIvan Vashchenko,  Tapio HaajaShubhesh AggarwalA6 ReflexFelix Hoffmann, Christoffer Engström, and Tom Juggins 

Courtesy of Unsplash

 

 

Meet Your Tour Guides: Terje Leiren

Professor Leiren teaches courses in Scandinavian history and culture at the University of Washington. He joined the UW faculty in 1977 as professor of Scandinavian studies and history. His courses include the popular "History of the Vikings." Leiren served as Chair of the Department of Scandinavian Studies from 1995 - 2010 and as Acting Department Chair in 2014-2015.   Professor Leiren was the first holder of the Department's Sverre Arestad Endowed Chair in Norwegian Studies from 2007 to 2017. He also held an appointment in the Department of History as Adjunct Professor of History   In 1996, Professor Leiren was knighted by His Majesty King Harald V of Norway and awarded the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit.

Professor Leiren also served as co-General Editor of the New Directions book series with the University of Washington Press between 2006 and 2015.  The UW Press New Directions series offers interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the Nordic region of Scandinavia and the Baltic States and their cultural connections in North America.  By redefining the boundaries of Scandinavian studies to include the Baltic States and Scandinavian America, New Directions in Scandinavian Studies presents books that focus on the study of the culture, history, literature, and politics of the Nordic region.  During his time as co-general editor, eleven books appeared in the series.

His many publications include an updated and revised edition of the Historical Dictionary of Norway for Rowman and Littlefield Publishers published in 2019. Professor Leiren has contributed to, and appeared in, television productions for the History Channel, PBS, the A&E Network as well as NRK and TV2 in Norway.

 

 

Meet Your Tour Guides: Eric Nelson

Eric Nelson joined the National Nordic Museum as Executive Director/CEO in January 2008; at that time, the organization was called the Nordic Heritage Museum. Since that time, he has overseen the expansion of the Museum from a small and beloved local heritage site into a nationally and internationally recognized center for sharing Nordic culture, values, and innovation. Nelson also oversaw the development of the stunning new $52.5M National Nordic Museum on Seattle’s working waterfront, which debuted May 5, 2018 with a grand opening ceremony attended by Nordic heads of state, royalty and other national and international dignitaries.

Under Nelson's leadership, the Museum has become the only museum in the United States – and indeed the world – that showcases the impact and influence of Nordic values and innovation in contemporary society, and tells the story of 12,000 years of Nordic history and culture, across all five Nordic countries – Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden – and the Sámi people of Arctic Europe.

In addition to its collection and exhibitions, the National Nordic Museum serves as a convener on critical issues including innovation, economic development, environmental policy, cultural identity and societal issues. The Museum presents more than 100 programs annually including contemporary art exhibitions, concerts, lectures, films and educational events.

Nelson is a graduate of the prestigious Getty Museum Leadership Institute and holds a Master of Art degree in History and B.A. in History from California State University. He has served as a guest lecturer at the University of Washington, California State University, Sacramento and San Francisco State University. A native of Napa, California, Nelson previously served as Executive Director of the Napa Valley Museum from 1999 to 2007.  Prior to this role, he was Curator of Exhibits and Collections and then Executive Director of the Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa for eleven years.

Nelson was named Swedish American of the Year in 2019 by the Vasa Order of America. He was previously awarded Knight of the Order of the White Rose of Finland by the President of Finland Sauli Niinistö.

 

 

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It's time for our 42nd annual Julefest!

Pre-purchase tickets for Saturday, November 23 here

Pre-purchase tickets for Sunday, November 24 here

This annual event turns the Museum into a winter wonderland the weekend before Thanksgiving, with dozens of vendors to help you find the perfect present for everyone on your list.

Vendors

We will have 40 hand-picked artisan and craft vendors on site, so you're sure to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Each purchase directly supports local and Nordic artists as well as the Museum. 

Thank you to our wonderful 2019 vendors! You will be able to shop selections from: 
Touchstone Runes & Jewelry  |  Birgit Moenig  |  Paper Cut  |  Elizabeth Person Art & Design  |  SIGIL  |  Doris Namaste  |  Swede Hill Distilling  |  Languid Decadence  Artworks  |  50 Degrees North  |  Freddy's Real Leaf Gifts  |  Friday Harbor House of Jerky  |  Sewing by Heart  |  Blue Ice Design  |  Sky River Mead  |  Pacific Norse Vest  |  Handmade by Hanson  |  Smithermade  |  Carved Wooden Treasures  |  Elentari Handverk  |  Whidbey Island Beeswax Candle Company  |  Neil Cutler  |  Stina's Sheaves  |  Sjoeblom Winery  |  Viking Raids  |  Judy's Painted Treasures  |  Landet Studio  |  Tistel Swedish Design  |  Bags by Caprice  |  Rainy Day Bees  |  Swedish Dream  |  Michael Holberg Glass  |  Norwegian Rosemalers  |  Skipping Stones  |  Bohrers Originals/Boatworks  |  Folk Art of Norway  |  Verso  |  Nordic Trader  |  Gro Enger Holt  |  Norskwear/Ice-Ame  |  Sunlan Designs/Dickson Rugs  |  Flying Mug Coffee  |  Sweet Mickey's Roasted Nuts  |  Anthony’s Seafood 

We are no longer accepting applications to be a 2019 Julefest vendor. Please check back in March 2020 to apply to be a 2020 Julefest vendor. 

Food

A winter market is nothing without tempting treats, delicious meals, and a nice spiced wine to toast with! Satisfy your sweet tooth with aebleskiver and our beloved Goodies2Go booth. Freya will serve open-face sandwiches. Our Nordic Grill will feature meatballs, lefse, hotdogs and brats, kringles, and more. 

Anthony's Finn the Food Truck in the parking lot for the freshest seafood around. We'll also have Sweet Mickey's on hand selling roasted nuts, and Flying Mug Coffee serving craft coffee and espresso.

To help food lines move faster this year, we have moved our aebleskiver stand to the East Garden with our Valhalla Beer Garden, which returns to serve up beer, glogg, wine, spirits, and aquavit. 

Festivities 

Julefest is a place for family fun! Kids will love having their photo taken with Santa thanks to Shutter Spark Studio. Photos with Santa will take place in our Cultural Resource Center on the second floor from 10am–4:30pm both days. 

New  this year is our Santa's Workshop area, where for a small donation kids can make tomte hats. See the Santa's Workshop section below to sign up. Also, be sure to get your free Tomte Trail passport at the Admissions Desk. Kids will have fun finding tomtes hidden throughout the Museum, and can turn in their completed passport for a chance to win a Family Membership. 

Santa's Workshop Kids' Crafts

Join us in Santa's Workshop for the ultimate Julefest kids' craft! Kids ages 4+ will learn the history of tomte (Christmas gnomes) and then craft their own tomte hat, perfect for celebrating the upcoming holiday season or for a picture with Santa.

Each crafting session is limited to 15 attendees. Each child will receive one hat to decorate. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No early arrivals. Santa's Workshop is located in our Craft Room on the first floor. 

Click the time below to sign up for the time-slot of your choice: 

Saturday, November 23
Check for times Sunday! 

Sunday, November 24
Online Sales have ended. Please visit our front desk at the Museum for day of sales! 

Special thanks to New Season’s Market who sponsored the holiday cookie snack for each Santa's Workshop guest. 

Cost: $8/child

Performers on 2 Stages

We'll have dozens of musicians and dancers throughout the weekend, making our halls merry and bright with beautiful music and dance. You can catch them in our Julefest Pavilion on the Fisherman's Sun Terrace (the perfect place to sit with aebleskiver or nibbles from the Nordic Grill!), and on the Valhalla Stage in the Valhalla Beer Hall. 

Thank you to our wonderful performers, including: 
Norwegian Ladies Chorus  |  Norwegian Male Chorus  | TinnFelen  |  Leikarringen of LEL  |  Karusallen  |  Northwest Nordic Ladies Chorus  |  Nordiska Dancers  |  Winter Band  |  Skandia Kappel  |  Eina Tapio  |  Leif and Sunnie  |  Edwin Pearson  |  Bjarne Jacobsen  |  Allspice  |  Bjarneleikarringen of Greater Seattle  |  Poulsbo Likarringen  |  Katrilli—Lucia Procession  |  Seattle Skandia Spelmanslog  |  Slojea Sisters  |  Hjarte Herring  |  Midgarde Viking Expedition  |  Metro Gnomes  |  Sprida Ut

Raffle

Tickets: $3 each

Our winter raffle kicks off at Julefest, and this year's grand prize is a trip for two to Iceland, courtesy of 50 Degrees North! Tickets can be purchased at the Admissions Desk or via roaming raffle ticket sellers throughout the festival. Tickets are on sale through December 31, at which time the winner will be drawn at 5pm. You do not need to be present to win. 

Goodies2Go

Our volunteers work tirelessly to bake the best Nordic treats this side of the Atlantic! A set amount of goodies are available each day, and when they're gone, they're gone. So make sure to shop these early! 

You'll find treats like: Julekake, currant cookies, Swedish heirloom cookies, shortbread, brunekake, chocolate wafer cookies, princess gems, ginger snaps, almond crescents, cardamom shortbread, cut jam cookies, thumbprints, krumkake, pebernodder, sugar cookies, farmer cookies (bondkakor), filbert butter cookies, tea breads (pumpkin, zucchini, cranberry), spritz, almond cake, muskotsnitter, Swedish coconut cookies, rosettes, cardamom rolls, julpepparkakor, rosettes,pulla, cardamom braid, Norwegian rye bread, and more. 

 

Julefest After Dark

Hosted at Skål Beer Hall

Keep your spirits bright with the National Nordic Museum Saturday night down at Skål. You'll find drink specials, raffle prizes, songs, and good company with the National Nordic Museum from 5–9pm Saturday night. 

Win 4 VIP tickets to Frozen 2

Courtesy of Majestic Bay Theater in Ballard

Sign up for our e-newsletter mailing list at the Front Desk and be entered to win a four-pack of VIP tickets to a showing of Frozen 2, courtesy of our friends at Majestic Bay Theater. Four tickets are available for each of the following dates: November 27, November 29, December 1, December 7, and December 8. Winners will be randomly selected, and notified on Monday, November 25. Dates will be awarded in a first come, first served fashion. 

Select tickets are still available while supplies last! 

To purchase Member a-la-carte tickets for NHM events CLICK HERE

To purchase General Admission a-la-carte tickets for NHM event CLICK HE

Nordic chamber music performed by acclaimed musicians from across the globe.

Welcome to the 25th season of the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series! This season package offers the best value for music lovers who wish to join us for a delightful journey through the five Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

Join the Nordic Museum for the 24th Annual Raoul Wallenberg Dinner, honoring the memory of the Swedish diplomat who intervened to save thousands of Jews from deportation to Nazi concentration camps.

The Nordic Lights Film Festival is devoted to showcasing Nordic cinema.

For a decade, we have offered NLFF to Seattle audiences as an avenue to experience Nordic cinema in all its forms. The festival gives us the opportunity to share the richness and diversity of the Nordic cultures through the lens of film.

All films are screened at SIFF Cinema Uptown in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24 | SUDS FOR CINEMA

Join us February 24th for Suds for Cinema—a benefit for Nordic Lights Film Festival! 

Bring your friends and join us at Lagunitas Brewing in Ballard to raise a glass and toast the success of the upcoming festival. Your ticket gets you entry and food, while every beer you buy directly supports NLFF. We'll show trailers of the upcoming movies, enjoy food and friends, and even have some door prizes. Plus, at this family-friendly event, kids 10 and under are FREE! 

Even better? Attend Suds for Cinema and you'll automatically join our Suds for Cinema Circle, just for proud supporters of NLFF. Your name will appear on the silver screen before the films play at SIFF for the festival! Get your Suds for Cinema tickets here


 

OPENING NIGHT, FEBRUARY 28

Our opening film will be screened on Friday February 28th at 7pm
SIFF Uptown Cinema, 511 Queen Anne

The County Héraðið
Drama | Iceland | 2019 | 92 minutes | Grímur Hákonarson

Set in a small Icelandic farming community, The County tells the story of Inga, a middle-aged dairy farmer who rebels against the all-powerful local Cooperative. Inga tries to get other farmers to join her in rising up against the Co-op’s corruption, but encounters great resistance, forcing her to confront the community’s dependence and loyalty to this single, dominant enterprise. Inga must use her resourcefulness and cunning to break free of the Co-op’s grasp and finally live life on her own terms.

Cast: Arndís Hrönn Egilsdóttir, Sigurður Sigurjónsson

About the director: Grímur Hákonarson is an Icelandic film director and screenwriter. His first feature film was SUMMERLAND (2010), and was nominated for the Edda Award for Best Screenplay. His next feature film was RAMS, about two estranged brothers on the Icelandic countryside who come together to save their sheep. Hákonarson won several awards for RAMS among them the prestigious Un Certain Regard Award in Cannes. RAMS was screened at the 2016 NLFF.


Join us for an after party at the House Studios—a short walking distance from the Uptown Theater. This hip, modern space is the perfect stage for a party celebrating Nordic cinema. Admission to the after party is included for festival pass holders. Attendees who do not wish to purchase a festival pass can also purchase an opening night ticket, which grants admission to both the film and after party, for $20 for Museum and SIFF Members and $25 general admission. 


 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29

10am
Sticks and Stones/Brakland
Drama | Denmark | 2018 | 93 minutes | Martin Skovbjerg

Simon arrives in Vesterby from Copenhagen. He is an outsider in a brand-new place and alone until he meets Bjarke - Vesterby's alpha male and heir to the local speaker factory. The two start challenging each other in intimate and transgressive actions as they forge a friendship. But when embezzlement forces Vesterby's speaker factory to close, the town is bereaved of its livelihood, and Bjarke's family is blamed. The anger thrust upon him by the locals triggers the beast in Bjarke, and Simon is faced with either having to turn away or save his friend from self-destruction.

Cast: Natalia ReyesPatricia SchumannEmma Sehested Høeg


12pm
Happy Ending
Drama/Comedy | Denmark | 2018 | 96 minutes | Hella Joof

Helle has been waiting forever for her workaholic husband to retire, so they can enjoy the autumn of their life together. She really wants to travel and explore the world with him – but when Peter comes home from his last day of work, life takes a surprising new turn, as he has a big surprise for her. Helle and Peter split up and they each set out on a blazing journey of discovery, filled with new opportunities, problems and dreams…But can you start over after 50 years of marriage? And can you live without each other after all?


2pm
The Hypnotist/Olliver Hawk
Documentary | Finland | 2019 | 73 minutes | Arthur Franck

In 1980, Finland’s most famous hypnotist Olavi Hakasalo, a.k.a Olliver Hawk, was put on trial accused of fraud. His mission in life had been to spread the gospel of the power of suggestion, and he was willing to risk everything to become a player of political influence. But in the corridors of power, with a nation’s destiny at stake, an eccentric showman sitting on too many secrets is considered a liability.

Director Arthur Franck will be attending the festival and participate in a Q&A session after the screening.


4:30pm
My Life as a Comedian/En komikers uppväxt
Drama | Sweden | 2019 | 92 minutes | Rojda Sekersöz

Juha 12, is a class clown in the suburb of Sävbyholm, Sweden. Being funny is the only thing he is good at and all he wants is to fit in to the social pecking order in school. When Juha, as an adult, performs his stand-up My Life as a Comedian, to sold out theatres and tells the both horrid and funny stories from his childhood to the audience he gets an unexpected visit from an old friend from school. The visit prompts him to return to Sävbyholm and deal with his past.

Cast: Johan Rheborg, Loke Hellberg, Ulla Skogh


6:30pm
Nordic Shorts

The Nordic Lights Film Festival is pleased to present the popular Nordic Shorts series. This group of entertaining and thought-provoking short films from the Nordic countries highlights the growing art of short films. Through these films, we see a glimpse of the Nordic countries through the lens of talented filmmakers.

Wilma
Iceland | 2019 | 10.5 minutes | Haukur Björgvinsson
A young child meets her estranged trailer park father for the first time. What the father doesn’t know is that his child now identifies as a girl.

A Chamber Play/Ett kammarspel
Finland |2018 | 20 minutes | Viktor Granö
The psychoanalyst Helena receives a new patient, Alice. But the story Alice is telling gets uncomfortably close to Helena's own life.

Bermuda
Sweden | 2018 | 8 minutes | Erik Warolin
When Jonna is told by her boss to be more friendly with the diners’ customers she could never believe what that would result in. What at first seems like a polite conversation with the only guest quickly escalate to an unexpected turn of events.

Poor Things/Stakler
Denmark | 2019 | 18 minutes | Joachim Morre
One day, Ronja is being followed by an unknown woman. The experience sparks off her interest and she is instantly drawn towards the mystery surrounding the stranger and her actions. To her regret, she is not the only one being followed by the woman.

To Share a Flame/ dele en flamme
Norway |2019 | 10.5 minutes | Kathleen Johnsen
We meet, we fall in love, but how do we keep the flame alive? A mature couple makes a new attempt to keep their relationship going. The outcome however, is not quite as expected. To Share a Flame is based on a short story by Norwegian writer Annette Mattsson.

Awaiting Death/I väntan på döden
Sweden | 2019 | 12 minutes | Lars Vega
A son arrives at the hospital to watch over his father's death bed. When the son wants one last nice moment, his father would rather find out what to do with the two opened cans of mustard.


8:30pm
The Perfect Patient/Quick
Feature/Thriller | Sweden | 2019 | 122 minutes | Mikael Håfström

The Perfect Patient is the captivating story about the greatest judicial scandal in Swedish history, the story about the reporter who questioned an entire legal system. Hannes Råstam was dedicated to proving the innocence of Thomas Quick and unmask the legal chaos which sentenced Quick to a life in psychiatric prison. However, no one was interested in exonerating and freeing the worst serial killer in Sweden, a cannibalistic rapist who had been sentenced for eight murders and confessed to another twenty-five. This tale lays out a puzzle for the viewer to put together as the incredible story behind the Thomas Quick case is laid bare piece by piece. The audience will be continuously captivated by secret sources and one person's resilient sense of justice all the way until the overwhelming ending.

Cast: David Dencik, Jonas Karlsson, Alba August


 

SUNDAY, MARCH 1

11am
Harajuku
Drama | Norway | 2018 | 83 minutes | I Eirik Svensson

It’s the day before Christmas and Vilde hangs out with her friends when she learns that her mother has been in an accident. She is forced to contact her father, whom she has never met. She tries to escape it all with a one-way ticket to Tokyo but is caught up in an emotional first meeting with her father. 

Cast: Birthe Neumann, Kurt Ravn, Charlotte Sieling


1pm
The Seer and the Unseen
Documentary | Iceland/USA | 2019 | 86 minutes | Sara Dosa

The volcanic rock that covers most of Iceland is not just beautiful and protected in the Nature Conservation register, it is also purportedly the home to elves, trolls, and other hidden people. When a new road is set to be built through a lava filed, environmentalists including Ragnihildur “Ragga” Jónsdottir - a “seer” who can communicate with elves  - must fight to preserve the sacred rock while combating Iceland’s push to grow economically in this magically real fable by Sara Dosa.

Ragga’s gift has made her an expert interpreter between humans and the elves, which is how she becomes desperately aware that the lava rock must be saved. Following Ragga’s fight to save their home, while exploring folklore, the financial history of the country, and the environmental impact of this new road, The Seer and the Unseen shows the surprising power of belief, the profound meaning of home, and the invisible forces – be they elves or the marketplace – that shape our visible worlds and transform our natural landscapes.


3pm
Agnes Joy
Drama | Iceland | 2019 | 93 minutes | Silja Hauksdóttir

Rannveig is experiencing burnout in all aspects of her mundane suburban life. She's stuck with a job she hates and a marriage that is slowly dying. On top of that, she's constantly fighting with her rebellious daughter, Agnes, and can't face the possibility of Agnes growing up and leaving her behind. When a new neighbor, Hreinn, shows up at their doorstep, Rannveig and family face new challenges that are beyond their control.

Cast:  Anna Kristín ArngrímsdóttirEdda ArnljótsdóttirÞorsteinn Bachmann 


5pm
Laugh or Die/Suomen hauskin mies
Drama/History/War | Finland | 2018 | 103 minutes | Heikki Kujanpää

In a detention camp in 1918, a group of Finnish actors are sentenced to death. When an important German general arrives, the camp's vicious commandant forges out a cruel plan: the prisoners must perform a comedy—and if they can make the visiting general laugh, they will be spared. A story about zest for life and power of laughter. Based on true events.

Cast:  Martti SuosaloJani VolanenLeena Pöysti 


7:30pm
Out Stealing Horses/Ut og stjæle hestar
Feature | Norway | 2019 | 123 minutes | Hans Petter Moland

Out Stealing Horses follows 67-year-old Trond Sander who, after the death of his wife, retires to a desolate place in the east of Norway. As winter arrives, he discovers he has a neighbor, a man he knew during the summer of 1948. This leads Trond to reflect on a childhood summer he spent with his father. Long afternoons in the forest, rides on wild horses and hard work felling wood begin to blur into a series of images of carefree happiness but also fateful experiences.

Cast: Stellan Skarsgård, Bjørn Floberg, Tobias Santelman,

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