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The National Nordic Museum's Virtual Nordic Genealogy Conference provides resources about family history and lineage to a wide global audience with internationally renowned experts.

Agenda for Genealogy Conference

September 26-27, 2020

All registered participants will have access to view our live keynote lectures on September 26 and 27 via webcasting. After the live keynote presentations, you will be able to curate your own conference program by selecting the sessions that interest you most. All sessions are available for repeat viewings until September 26, 2021. 

Keynote Lectures: 

Names: Their Origins, Meanings, and Peculiarities, Dr. Fritz Juengling

Piecing Together Your Family Jigsaw Puzzle with DNA Clustering, Craig Gowens

Mining, Logging, and Fishing: Early Work in the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Janice Lovelace

 

Full List of Conference Sessions:

Voices of Culture: A Discussion on Seattle Area Oral History Programs, the National Nordic Museum, the Washington State Jewish Historical Society, & the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience  

Scandinavian Feast Dates and Calendars, Dr. Fritz Juengling

Learning to Extract Information from Scandinavian Documents, Dr. Fritz Juengling

Introduction to Genetic Genealogy, Craig Gowens

Developing a DNA Testing Plan, Craig Gowens

ArkivDigital and Swedish Records, Kathy Meade

Swedish Genealogy in a Computer World, Kathy Meade

Nordic Genealogy in the Seattle Area, Kathi McGinnes

Learning About our Diverse Cultural Heritages: Who Are My Ancestors & The Unexpected Reactions from Scandinavian Relatives, Dr. Sven Haakanson

Nationalism and Language in Finland, Dr. Jason Lavery

Mikael Agricola: Father of the Finnish Language, Dr. Jason Lavery

Basic Norwegian Genealogy, Liv Birgit Christensen

Advanced Norwegian Genealogy, Liv Birgit Christensen

How to Trace Your Ancestors…Literally!, Betty Kreisel Shubert

Using Scandinavian Records When You Don't Know the Language, Jill Morelli

A Danish Case Study: Finding the Parents of Ole Christian Christensen, Jill Morelli

Oral History for Genealogy: Going Beyond Names and Dates, Alison DeRiemer

The Book of Settlements in Iceland: Man’s First Encounter with a New Land as Remembered through Genealogy and Landownership, Dr. Gísli Sigurðsson

Destination Canada, Dave Obee

Family History in Western Canada, Dave Obee

Tracing Your Scandinavian Families in Canada, M. Diane Rogers

Scandinavian Community Centre/Scandinavian Cultural Society, Southwestern British Columbia, M. Diane Rogers

Beginning Scandinavian Research, Jenny Hansen

The FamilySearch Research Wikis, Jenny Hansen

Pruning Your Family Tree, Jenny Hansen

Introduction to the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Jill Seaholm

Records from the Danish West Indies from the Collection of the Danish National Archives, Poul Olsen

Genealogical Research Skills for Historians, Leslie Anne Anderson

 

 

Keynote

Dr. Fritz Juengling
  • Research Consultant at the Family History Library
Dr. Fritz Juengling is an Accredited Genealogist for Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Norway, and Sweden through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, and is certified by the Verband deutschspr
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Dr. Fritz Juengling
Research Consultant at the Family History Library

Dr. Fritz Juengling is an Accredited Genealogist for Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Norway, and Sweden through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, and is certified by the Verband deutschsprachiger Berufsgenealogen.

Craig Gowens
  • DNA Genealogy Expert
Craig Gowens is a web developer and programmer for a small software company. He developed a love for genealogy at a young age when he started helping his father comb through Census records on microfilm at the local public library in the 1980’s. Craig
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Craig Gowens
DNA Genealogy Expert

Craig Gowens is a web developer and programmer for a small software company. He developed a love for genealogy at a young age when he started helping his father comb through Census records on microfilm at the local public library in the 1980’s. Craig started on the path of using DNA to assist his genealogical research in 2013 and has now tested over 40 members of his extended family. Genetic Genealogy holds a special appeal to him, melding his expertise in math and science with a love of history he inherited from his parents, who were both social studies educators. 

Craig believes in using a wide assortment of tools to maximize the effectiveness of genealogical DNA testing, and has even utilized visual phasing techniques to recreate full and partial DNA profiles of his grandparents and great grandparents, who died before the advent of direct-to-consumer genealogical DNA testing. 

He has presented on DNA related topics before the Austin Genealogical Society, Williamson County Genealogical Society, Sno-Isle Genealogical Society and Seattle Genealogical Society and attended numerous conferences, including the International Conference on Genetic Genealogy and RootsTech.

Craig lives in southern Snohomish County and when he isn’t researching his family history enjoys hiking and landscape photography, especially in the National Parks.

Dr. Janice Lovelace
  • Genealogical Researcher and Professor
Janice Lovelace, Ph.D. is a genealogical researcher, author and lecturer, with over thirty years of experience. Dr. Lovelace is a frequent speaker at national and regional genealogy conferences on health and genetics, ethnic minority genealogy, and r
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Dr. Janice Lovelace
Genealogical Researcher and Professor

Janice Lovelace, Ph.D. is a genealogical researcher, author and lecturer, with over thirty years of experience. Dr. Lovelace is a frequent speaker at national and regional genealogy conferences on health and genetics, ethnic minority genealogy, and research methodology. She authored the National Genealogical Society’s continuing education course African American Roots: A Historical Perspective and is an instructor at the Midwest African American Genealogical Institute (MAAGI).

She is a national board member of Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and serves on her local society’s board. She belongs to the Ohio Genealogical Society, AAHGS, the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and local societies.

Speakers

Dr. Gísli Sigurðsson
Research Professor, Árni Magnússon Institute
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Dr. Gísli Sigurðsson
Research Professor, Árni Magnússon Institute

Gísli Sigurðsson is a Research Professor at the Árni Magnússon Institute at the University of Iceland. He studied in Iceland, Canada and Ireland and has served as a Visiting Professor in Winnipeg, Stavanger and Berkeley. He works on orality and textualisation in the eddas, sagas and more recent folklore. Gísli has published monographs on his research in English as well as in Icelandic. He has edited a complete annotated edition of Eddic poetry and a collection o settlement lore from Canada and the U.S.; in addition to curating exhibitions on the settlement of Iceland, the Vinland voyages and the manuscripts. His current work revolves around ethnic astronomy and the social role of narratives of both the mythical and saga kind. 

Dr. Jason Lavery
Professor, Oklahoma State University
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Dr. Jason Lavery
Professor, Oklahoma State University

Professor Jason Lavery is the Regents Professor for the History Department at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Lavery's scholarship has focused on the religious and political history of early modern Germany and Scandinavia. He is a permanent adjunct professor at Helsinki University in Finland and has served as the president for the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study. 

Jill Morelli
Professional Genealogist
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Jill Morelli
Professional Genealogist

Jill Morelli, Certified Genealogist, is a writer, lecturer, and researcher of her Scandinavian and northern German ancestors. She facilitates two online courses for the Seattle Genealogical Society: the "Certification Discussion Group" and "Write As You Go!" She lectures nationally on methodology and Scandinavian resources and case studies and has written articles for National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Swedish American Genealogist, Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly and many others. Jill is past president of the Seattle Genealogical Society, a member of the Association for Professional Genealogists, New York Biographical & Genealogical Society, and many local genealogical societies. 

Alison DeRiemer
Archivist & Oral History Specialist
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Alison DeRiemer
Archivist & Oral History Specialist

Alison DeRiemer is Archivist & Oral History Specialist at the National Nordic Museum. Since 2013, she has worked with the museum’s oral history program, Nordic American Voices, as transcriber, interviewer, video editor, and archivist. She also has served as co-conductor of the museum’s Interwoven Oral History Program, participating as a panelist at the 2018 Interwoven Symposium. Currently she is collecting stories related to the COVID-19 health crisis for the museum’s Pandemic Preserved Oral History Project. Alison also works with oral history programs at the Ballard Historical Society and the Washington State Jewish Historical Society. She holds a BA in Art History and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, and an MA in Museology from the University of Washington.

Kathi McGinnes
Professional Genealogist
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Kathi McGinnes
Professional Genealogist

Over 10 years ago, Kathi began researching her Norwegian heritage after discovering a paternal great grandfather was born in Norway.  Even though she only had a name and an approximate date of birth, she successfully located where in Norway he was born and raised. While still continuing with her own research, she's been assisting others with their Nordic research.  In addition to providing consultations for the National Nordic Museum's monthly Genealogy Program, Kathi also co-chairs a Scandinavian Interest Group sponsored by the Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS).  she also been responsible for responding to requests that SGS receives for research assistance.  Many of those requests are from individuals seeking information on their Scandinavian ancestors that immigrated to the Seattle area.

M. Diane Rogers
Professional Genealogist
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M. Diane Rogers
Professional Genealogist

M. Diane Rogers is a genealogy teacher, researcher and speaker based in British Columbia, Canada. She has been researching family history around the world for over 20 years, including surname and place name studies. Rogers is the editor of the British Columbia Genealogist, facilitator of the British Columbia Genealogical Society's DNA, Scandinavian and Legacy software groups, and President of the Vancouver Postcard Club. 

Dave Obee
Journalist and Researcher
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Dave Obee
Journalist and Researcher

Dave Obee is a journalist and genealogical researcher who has written a dozen books and given more than 600 presentations at conferences and seminars in Canada, the United States and Australia since 1997.He is Editor and Publisher of the Times Colonist in Victoria, British Columbia. He has worked as a journalist in British Columbia and Alberta since 1972. In 2012 Dave was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws by the University of Victoria for his work as a historian, genealogist and journalist.

Sven Haakanson
Professor of Anthropology, University of Washington
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Sven Haakanson
Professor of Anthropology, University of Washington

Professor Sven Haakanson is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington and is Curator of North American Anthropology at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. 

Liv Birgit Christensen
Professional Genealogist
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Liv Birgit Christensen
Professional Genealogist

Liv Birgit Christensen is a professional genealogist specializing in Norwegian family history research. She presents workshops, classes, and webinars internationally on Norwegian genealogy. She is a panelist on Mondays with Myrt, a weekly webinar that gives "practical, down-to-earth advice for family historians." Christensen has over 20 years of genealogical research experience in Norway and internationally. 

Kathy Meade
ArkivDigital Specialist
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Kathy Meade
ArkivDigital Specialist

Kathy Meade is the North American representative for ArkivDigital AD AB, a company that offers online access to Swedish historical records. She has been working with Swedish genealogy for more than fifteen years and has given many presentations on Swedish genealogy throughout the United States. Ms. Meade serves on the advisory board for the Swedish American Genealogy Research Center at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago and also volunteers at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library in Arlington, Heights, Illinois, helping patrons with their Swedish genealogical research. In a prior life, she lived and worked in Sweden and Norway for 7 years during the 90’s learning the languages.

Leslie Anne Anderson
Director of Collections, Exhibitions, and Programs, National Nordic Museum
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Leslie Anne Anderson
Director of Collections, Exhibitions, and Programs, National Nordic Museum

Leslie Anne Anderson is the National Nordic Museum’s Director of Collections, Exhibitions, and Programs. Previously, she was Curator of European, American, and Regional Art at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, University of Utah, and she gained experience at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, the National Gallery of Denmark, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For six years, she taught art history courses at Brooklyn College, Parsons the New School for Design, and Indiana University’s Herron School of Art and Design; and she served as a six-time reader for the Advanced Placement Art History exam. Anderson has been the recipient of the Association of Art Museum Curators Award for Excellence, a Fulbright Research Grant (Denmark), an American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship, the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study’s Haugen Memorial Scholarship, and a Samuel H. Kress Interpretive Fellowship. She has published articles on 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century art in the scholarly publications Journal 18, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art, Norwegian-American Studies, and Rutgers Art Review. From 2017 until 2020, she served as Field Editor for West Coast Exhibitions for the journal caa.reviews. Anderson is currently a member of the College Art Association's Council of Readers and, as of July 2020, the University of Florida Association of Hispanic Alumni’s Board of Directors.

Betty Kreisel Shubert
Costume Designer and Historical Fashion Expert
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Betty Kreisel Shubert
Costume Designer and Historical Fashion Expert

Betty Kreisel Shubert sold her first design to a manufacturer at age 13…the year was 1938: It was that season’s Best Seller. She had two hit Hollywood shows to her credit at age 18 under her maiden name , Betty Colburn. A long career followed . for stage, screen, TV Specials, Ready-to-Wear, Las Vegas Musicals, , Disney, Disneyland, & Disney Imagineering. Betty had her own Costume Shops in  Beverly Hills and Hollywood, where she employed  the  skilled craftspeople of The Motion Picture Costumers Union , from whom she  learned  advanced skills of cutting-fitting (pattern-making  and millinery.

She became the only  working designer who  saw the  sequential changes in fashion from the 1930's to the 2020's,  with the ability to articulate and Illustrate the sequential changes in fashion  as she lived it! The  700 charming , sequential sketches in her multi award winning book, Out of Style: An Illustrated Guide to Vintage Fashions  are not “designs." They  are  ‘Composites,' out of the style clues that identify an era. Betty became  well-known  when  she wrote for ANCESTRY Magazine, where her column was titled OUT-OF-STYLE.  Through her column, Betty helped date old family photographed by the style clues in the clothes worn.

Jenny Hansen
Accredited Genealogist
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Jenny Hansen
Accredited Genealogist

Jenny Hansen, AG® graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Family History and Genealogy.  In 1999 she received her Genealogy Accreditation® in Danish research.  She worked for Ancestry.com as an acquisitions genealogist, adding content to their website. She currently performs client research, and she especially enjoys teaching genealogy. She has become a popular speaker at many regional and national conferences. Her hobbies include reading, finding old churches and cemeteries, and doing anything outside with her family.  Follow her at www.MyFavoriteAncestor.com.

Poul Olsen
Data Protection Officer, Danish National Archives
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Poul Olsen
Data Protection Officer, Danish National Archives

Poul Olsen has worked at the Danish National Archives for almost 40 years. Throughout that time, he has studied Danish colonialism, focusing on the history between Denmark and the Caribbean. Olsen holds a Masters degree in Economic History from the University of Copenhagen and currently serves as a member of the NATO Archives Committee and on the Board of Virgin Island Social History Associates.

Jill Seaholm
Head of Genealogical Services, Swenson Center at Augustana College
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Jill Seaholm
Head of Genealogical Services, Swenson Center at Augustana College

Jill Seaholm was raised in Moline, Illinois by extreme 100% Swedish-American parents. At 14 she was lucky enough to go on a family trip to visit newly-discovered relatives in Sweden, and from there was hooked on all things Swedish. At Augustana College she majored in Scandinavian Studies, learning the Swedish language and attending the Augustana Summer School in Sweden. Jill tutored others in Swedish and already worked at the Swenson Center as a student assistant, indexing and doing research, and earned a certificate from the Midwest Travel Institute. She has worked at the Swenson Center full time for nearly 28 years and has helped countless Swedish Americans find their way back across the Atlantic. She wears many hats at the Swenson Center, including writer of the occasional article in the Swenson Center’s quarterly journal Swedish American Genealogist and coordinator of the journal’s annual week-long fall genealogy workshop in Salt Lake City.

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Nordic Innovation Summit

May 14 2020

We are pleased to announce that the Nordic Innovation Series will continue and expand the discussion. Events begin August 2020. Sign up for News from the Nordic to learn more.

Nordic Innovation Summit 2020

Featured Speakers

Hon. Linda Hofstad Helleland
  • Minister of Regional Development and Digitalization, Norway

As Minister of Regional Development and Digitalization, Helleland is responsible for steering regional and district development policy, IT policy, electronic communications, privacy protection, and policies towards Sami and national minorities. She has also served as Minister of Children and Equality, and Minister of Culture. Previously, in the Norwegian Parliament, she chaired the Standing Committee on Transport and Communications. 

Peter Linder & Bhushan Joshi
  • Head of 5G Marketing & Head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson in North America

Ericsson is a global leader in sustainability, both in their own operations and in creating technology that enables other companies and industries to embrace sustainability and confront climate change. Linder and Joshi will share lessons from Ericsson’s multi-year journey to sustainability leadership and show how Ericsson’s Fifth Generation (5G) wireless technology will transform communications, manufacturing, health care, and virtually every other sector.

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.

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.

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.

Agenda for Nordic Innovation Summit 2020

Thursday, May 14
08:30 am

Welcome
Eric Nelson—Executive Director & CEO, National Nordic Museum
The Hon. Reuven Carlyle—Washington State Senator
The Hon. Jenny Durkan—Mayor, City of Seattle

08:35 am

Opening Remarks
Birger Steen—Principal, Summa Equity & Chair, Nordic Innovation Summit
Robert Strand—Executive Director, Center for Responsible Business, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley 

08:45 am

Nordic Region COVID-19 Update 
Alma Möller—Chief Medical Officer, Iceland Directorate of Health
Kåre Mølbak—Technical Director of Infection Preparedness, State Serum Institute, Denmark
Svein Harald Øygard—Economist; Author; Former Interim Central Bank Governor of Iceland

09:05 am

Panel Keynote: Sustainability Leadership—Nordic Approach to Reinventing Your Company, Leading Your Industry, and Preserving the Planet
Henrik Henriksson, CEO and President, Scania AB
Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, Co-Founder, Center for Sustainable AI

09:15 am

Panel: Corporate Reinvention through Sustainability Leadership
Eva Karlsson—Founder, Houdini Sportswear
Kimberly Lein-Mathisen—General Manager, Microsoft Norway
Osvald Bjelland—Founder, Xynteo
Moderators: Elaine Weidman-Grunewald & Henrik Henriksson

09:40 am

Featured Presentation: The 5G Revolution is Now
Peter Linder ­– Head of 5G Marketing, Ericsson North America
Bhushan Joshi – Head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson North America

10:05 am

Working Together—Update on Washington-Norway Maritime Collaboration
Jennifer States—Director for Blue Economy, DNV GL-Energy and Maritime North America
Ken M. Huste—Maritime Project Lead, Innovation Norway
Moderator: Todd Bishop—Co-founder and Editor, GeekWire

10:15 am

Panel Keynote: From Brown to Green: Yes We Can
Jeremy Baines – President, Neste US

10:20 am

Panel: From Brown to Green
Jeremy Baines – President, Neste US
Konrad Bergström ­– CEO and Founder, X Shore
John Downey – President, Hurtigruten America
Moderator: Robert Strand—Executive Director, Center for Responsible Business, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

10:50 am

Focus Presentation: The Role of Tech in Society—A Silicon Valley Perspective, with a Finnish Accent
Mårten Mickos—CEO, Hacker One

11:00 am

Keynote Address
Hon. Linda Hofstad Helleland, Minister of Regional Development and Digitalization, Norway

11:10 am

Panel: Nordic Health Care Ways
Philip Siberg—Co-Founder and President, Coala Life
Andreas Cleve—Co-Founder and CEO, Corti
Olle Ljungqvist—Founder and Professor of Surgery, ERAS
Moderator: Andrew Trister—Deputy Director, Digital Health Innovation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

11:45 am

Concluding Remarks
Robert Strand—Executive Director, Center for Responsible Business, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
Birger Steen—Chair, Nordic Innovation Summit

All times approximate. 

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Speakers

Tom Alberg
Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
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Tom Alberg
Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group

Tom is a co-founder of Madrona and actively works in support of Madrona and its portfolio companies. Tom is a director for Impinj, a former Madrona Portfolio Company that is now a public company. Tom has served on the boards of numerous public and private companies including Amazon.com on which he served since before it went public in 1997. Tom is co-chair of ACES Northwest Network, a coalition of businesses supporting the implementation of autonomous, connected, electric and shared vehicles in the region. He serves on the boards of TechNet Northwest, the Pacific Science Center, and Challenge Seattle. He was formerly a member of President Obama’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Jeremy Baines
President, Neste US
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Jeremy Baines
President, Neste US

Jeremy Baines was appointed as President of Neste US on September 1, 2019. In his role, he is responsible for supporting and aligning regional business strategies to deliver the strategic growth targets, and he acts as Neste’s primary representative for the external community in the US.

Konrad Bergström
President, X Shore
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Konrad Bergström
President, X Shore

Konrad Bergström is the President of X Shore, a company combining Swedish craftsmanship with sustainable design technology to create the world’s first completely electric luxury seafaring vessels. After founding X Shore in 1996, Konrad founded Marshall Headphones and Zound Industries—the fastest growing company in Sweden to date. He returned to X Shore in 2012, producing his first prototype in 2016. In 2018, The Royal Patriotic Society of Sweden awarded Konrad The King’s Medal, their highest honor, in recognition of his entrepreneurial achievements. His success in business and technology is matched only by his dedication to the environment. As a UNOPS Ambassador, he is committed to protecting our oceans and our planet.

Todd Bishop
Co-Founder and Editor, GeekWire
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Todd Bishop
Co-Founder and Editor, GeekWire

Todd Bishop is the co-founder and editor of GeekWire, the 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. He focuses on national and international technology trends and key developments at companies including Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Apple.

Osvald Bjelland
Chairman and CEO, Xynteo
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Osvald Bjelland
Chairman and CEO, Xynteo

Osvald Bjelland is Chairman and CEO of Xynteo. Xynteo works with business leaders to drive a new kind of growth - growth that works with and not against nature; delivers value over the long term; and generates value for the many, not just the few.

Reuven Carlyle
State Senator, Washington
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Reuven Carlyle
State Senator, Washington

Husband, father, entrepreneur, senator.

Andreas Cleve
CEO and co-founder, Corti
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Andreas Cleve
CEO and co-founder, Corti

Andreas Cleve is a Danish entrepreneur who serves as CEO and co-founder of Corti. By using advanced voice- and pattern recognition technology, Corti is able to assist and augment medical professionals to help predict medical cases in real-time and provide them with intelligent decision support. It allows the respective professionals to arrive at a conclusion faster and to provide better-informed treatment. Andreas is passionate about the possibilities AI can provide modern society by helping human-decision making. He was listed on MIT’s 2018 Innovators under 35 list, as well as being described as “a multi-entrepreneur” in the field of AI.

John Downey
President for the Americas, Hurtigruten
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John Downey
President for the Americas, Hurtigruten

John Downey serves as Hurtigruten’s President for the Americas, based in its Seattle regional headquarters. A seasoned global executive with a consumer products-focused expertise, Downey is responsible for Hurtigruten’s commercial growth strategy in collaboration with the company’s senior leadership team. Prior to joining Hurtigruten, he worked at Amazon, where he served as GM and Category Leader for Amazon Go, the world’s most advanced shopping technology, and led the team that introduced the innovative Amazon Meal Kits product line. Previously, Downey was a part of Motorola’s Mobile Devices division where he had global leadership responsibility for the market-leading Bluetooth wireless headset portfolio of over 20 product lines. He earned his MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Psychology also from Northwestern.

Jenny Durkan
Mayor, City of Seattle
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Jenny Durkan
Mayor, City of Seattle

Jenny A. Durkan is the 56th Mayor of Seattle and the first woman to lead the City in nearly a century.

She entered office on November 28, 2017, with the challenge of making Seattle affordable and inclusive for all. She is focused on the housing affordability crisis, helping those experiencing homelessness, providing free college tuition to Seattle’s high school graduates, and pushing reforms and restoring trust in the police department – while also delivering on basic city services.  She also is committed to ensuring Seattle continues to lead the innovative economy and create new models for ensuring more security for workers.

Prior to becoming Mayor, Durkan was a civic leader and nationally-recognized attorney. From 2009 to 2014, she served as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, becoming the first openly gay U.S. Attorney in our country’s history.

Elaine Weidman Grunewald
Co-founder, AI Sustainability Center
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Elaine Weidman Grunewald
Co-founder, 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

Hon. Linda Hofstad Helleland
Minister of Regional Development and Digitalization, Norway
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Hon. Linda Hofstad Helleland
Minister of Regional Development and Digitalization, Norway

As Minister of Regional Development and Digitalization, Helleland is responsible for steering regional and district development policy, IT policy, electronic communications, privacy protection, and policies towards Sami and national minorities. She has also served as Minister of Children and Equality, and Minister of Culture. Previously, in the Norwegian Parliament, she chaired the Standing Committee on Transport and Communications. 

Henrik Henriksson
President and CEO, Scania
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Henrik Henriksson
President and CEO, 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!

Ken M. Huste
Maritime Project Lead, Innovation Norway—Houston
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Ken M. Huste
Maritime Project Lead, Innovation Norway—Houston

Ken Huste is the Maritime Project Lead for Innovation Norway in Houston and works with Norwegian companies interested in expanding globally within the maritime sector.  He has served as a liaison between American yards, vessel owners, ports, and Government agencies and Norwegian organizations to help form a seamless launchpad to market for the last 5 years.

He has worked within the maritime sector for the last 10 years, representing various Norwegian companies in Sales and Business Development roles, focusing mainly on yards and newbuilds.  His main focus over the last three years has been to help form and create the MoU between Washington State and Innovation Norway, as well as plan and orchestrate two delegation visits from WA State to Norway to meet with industry leaders, technology experts and the various cluster organizations.   

Bhushan Joshi
Head of Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson in North America
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Bhushan Joshi
Head of Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson in North America

Bhushan has over 15 years of professional experience in sustainability reporting, energy management and strategy development.  At Ericsson, Bhushan advocates for the role of the Information Communications Technology sector in enabling other industries take exponential climate action. He is also focused on developing strategies to help telecom operators achieve their energy and sustainability goals with the introduction of 5G and growth in mobile data traffic.

Eva Karlsson
CEO, Houdini
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Eva Karlsson
CEO, 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.

Peter Linder
Head of 5G Marketing, Ericsson in North America
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Peter Linder
Head of 5G Marketing, Ericsson in North America

Aspiring to make you see 5G with 2020 vision. A Broadband Networker who joined Ericsson 10,455 days ago. A background at the intersection of fixed/mobile networks, technology/business challenges and US/Global markets. An F1 geek taking photos in manual mode.

Olle Ljungqvist
Professor of Surgery, Örebro University & Executive Chairman, ERAS Society
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Olle Ljungqvist
Professor of Surgery, Örebro University & Executive Chairman, ERAS Society

Olle Ljungqvist is a Professor of Surgery at Sweden’s Örebro University since 2009. He received his MD, PhD and surgical training from the Karolinska Institutet and Hospital in Sweden where he held several clinical positions in gastrointestinal surgery before being appointed Professor of Surgery Nutrition and Metabolism in 2005 at the Karolinska Insitutet. He chaired the Center for Gastrointestinal Disease at Ersta hospital 1999-2008. Dr Ljungqvist co-founded the ERAS®Society 2010 and serves as the Executive Chairman. His research interests are surgical stress, metabolism and nutrition and outcomes focusing on Enhanced Recovery After Surgery. He has published more than 200 original contributions, textbook chapter, edited textbooks, and has a current H index above 60.

Kimberly Lein-Mathisen
General Manager, Microsoft Norway
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Kimberly Lein-Mathisen
General Manager, Microsoft Norway

Kimberly Lein-Mathisen is General Manager of Microsoft Norway. Previously, she served as CEO of Orkla Home & Personal Care from 2013 to 2016, and from 2001 to 2013 she held a series of senior management positions in Eli Lilly & Co, based in North America, Europe and Asia. Lein-Mathisen holds a Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Mårten Mickos
CEO, HackerOne
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Mårten Mickos
CEO, 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.

Kåre Mølbak
Technical Director of Infection Preparedness, State Serum Institute
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Kåre Mølbak
Technical Director of Infection Preparedness, State Serum Institute

Kåre Mølbak is a Danish epidemiologist, who is a professor at the University of Copenhagen, and technical director of infection preparedness at the State Serum Institute.

Mølbak's research interests lie in infectious epidemiology and public health, including monitoring methods, importance of resistance to public health, zoonoses, foodborne diseases, and vaccinology.

He has published 318 articles in peer-reviewed journals, mainly on the epidemiology of communicable diseases.
In 2020, he was chosen as one of seven experts to advise the European Commission on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alma Möller
Chief Medical Officer, Iceland Directorate of Health
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Alma Möller
Chief Medical Officer, Iceland Directorate of Health

Alma Möller is an Icelandic doctor and public health official. In 2018 she became the first woman to serve as the Director of Health for Iceland since the office was established in 1760. Since February 2020, she has been one of the lead members of the Iceland's Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management addressing the COVID-19 pandemic in Iceland.

Eric Nelson
CEO and Executive Director, National Nordic Museum
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Eric Nelson
CEO and Executive Director, National Nordic Museum

Eric Nelson joined the Museum in January 2008, and has overseen the expansion of the Museum from a small and beloved local heritage institution into a nationally and internationally recognized center for sharing Nordic culture, values and innovation. Nelson also oversaw the development and move of the Museum into its stunning new $52.5M facility in 2018. He was named Swedish American of the Year in 2019 by the Vasa Order of America, and was previously awarded Knight of the Order of the White Rose of Finland by the President of Finland Sauli Niinistö.

Svein Harald Øygård
Economist and Crisis Specialist
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Svein Harald Øygård
Economist and Crisis Specialist

Svein Harald Øygard is an economist and author and former head of the Central Bank of Iceland. He is the author of a book, In the Combat Zone of Finance, about the 2008-2009 financial crisis, with particular focus on the dramatic boom, bust, and recovery of Iceland.

Philip Siberg
Co-Founder and Head, Coala Life
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Philip Siberg
Co-Founder and Head, Coala Life

Philip Siberg is a serial entrepreneur in the field of digital health and life sciences. As co-founder and head of Coala Life in the US, Philip has first line insights to how healthcare is rapidly transforming to digital solutions, and how smart, cloud-based medical solutions are helping to fight COVID-19 by engaging the patient.

Jennifer States
Director for Blue Economy, DNV GL—Energy and Maritime North America
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Jennifer States
Director for Blue Economy, DNV GL—Energy and Maritime North America

Jennifer is Director for Blue Economy at DNV GL—Energy and Maritime North America. She is the Project Director for Washington Maritime Blue and has been leading Cluster communications, stakeholder engagement, joint innovation projects, as well as strategic planning for the Washington State Department of Commerce. Her current focus areas include sustainable maritime innovation, vessel electrification, as well as renewables, storage, and microgrids. 

She brings 20 years of renewable energy and clean tech experience in industry, non-profit, government and research environments. Her experience includes work at the Port of Port Angeles, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, managing a wind development company, as well as serving as City Councilor for the City of Sequim, WA. Her greatest accomplishments include strategy development for Washington Maritime Blue, launching a start-up in advanced materials recycling, the implementation of renewable energy policy (Section 1603 payment in lieu of tax credits), and driving development of clean energy projects across the US. 
 

Birger Steen
Principal, Summa Equity
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Birger Steen
Principal, Summa Equity

Birger Steen is a Principal at Summa Equity, an venture capital firm focused on investments that solve global problems. Previously, he spent 25+ years in tech, media and consulting roles across Europe and the US, including serving as CEO of Parallels, and Corporate Vice President at Microsoft Corporation. In addition to his work at Summa, he currently serves on the boards of Nordic Semiconductor, Nordea, Schibsted and Cognite. Steen studied Computer Science at the Norwegian Institute of Technology, Russian language at the Defense School of Intelligence and Security, and finance at INSEAD. For the past 3 years, he has served as chair of the National Nordic Museum’s annual Nordic Innovation Summit.

Robert Strand
Executive Director, Center for Responsible Business & Lecturer, Berkeley Haas School of Business
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Robert Strand
Executive Director, Center for Responsible Business & Lecturer, Berkeley Haas School of Business

Dr. Robert Strand is the Executive Director of the Center for Responsible Business and member of the faculty at the University of California-Berkeley Haas School of Business. He also holds the title of Associate Professor of Leadership & Sustainability with the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. Robert’s research and teaching explore leadership in sustainability demonstrated by Nordic countries and companies. He is presently working on the book Sustainable Vikings: What the Nordics Can Teach Us about Sustainable Capitalism & Building Resilient Societies. Prior to joining academia, Robert has a decade of industry experience with IBM and Boston Scientific in a range of roles in manufacturing, supply chain, marketing, strategy, and investor relations. He holds a Ph.D. in corporate social responsibility from the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, an MBA in international business from the University of Minnesota, and a B.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He was a U.S. Fulbright scholar to Norway. Follow his Nordic offerings on Twitter: @robertgstrand.

Andrew Trister
Leader, Innovative Technology Solutions Team, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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Andrew Trister
Leader, Innovative Technology Solutions Team, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Andrew Trister leads the Innovative Technology Solutions team’s efforts to leverage integrated mobile technology and data systems to aid in the appropriate use and process of performing diagnostics as well as to enable high quality healthcare and wellness solutions in resource limited settings. 

Andrew is a physician scientist passionate about leveraging technology to improve health care for all. He believes the combination of multiscale digital data from patients can impact our understanding, prevention and treatment of disease. He joined the foundation from Apple, where he led clinical research and machine learning efforts in health for the special projects team. Prior to Apple, he was the senior physician at Sage Bionetworks, where he focused on incentives for researchers and participants to collaborate on large datasets and translating those findings to clinical settings.

Andrew completed residency in radiation oncology at the University of Washington, earned an M.D., Ph.D. in bioengineering, MSE and BSE in computer science, and a B.A. in biological basis of behavior all from the University of Pennsylvania.

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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.
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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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