13th Annual European Festival

Don’t miss this fun fam­ily fes­ti­val! Eat eth­nic foods, watch enter­tain­ment from all cor­ners of Europe and find trea­sures at the 32 cul­tural booths!

Date: Sat­ur­day May 29, 2010
Place: Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­nity Cen­tre
Cost: Admis­sion $7, Chil­dren under 12 years FREE

Gates open at 10am — Open­ing Cer­e­mony 10.30am
Cul­tural dis­plays, Mar­ket­place & Children’s tent open until 6pm
Food booths & Beer Gar­den open until 8pm
Non-stop Stage Enter­tain­ment until 9pm

Obtaining a Finnish Passports Abroad

The Min­istry of For­eign Affairs of Fin­land now has an oper­a­tional portable pass­port sys­tem that will first be avail­able at the Finnish Embassy in Ottawa, then it will travel to the Finnish Con­sulate in Van­cou­ver and lastly to the Con­sulate in Toronto.

The portable pass­port sys­tem will be avail­able in Van­cou­ver this fall, towards the end of Sep­tem­ber or early Octo­ber. The date will be con­firmed early August on the embassy web site www.finland.ca and in the Finnish news­pa­pers in Canada.


The appli­ca­tion process is vir­tu­ally the same as at the Embassy in Ottawa.

A pass­port appli­ca­tion form is no longer in use. The pass­port sys­tem gen­er­ates the appli­ca­tion and with the portable sys­tem the photo will be taken as part of the appli­ca­tion process (this is dif­fer­ent from the process at the Embassy in Ottawa, where the appli­cant pro­vides a pho­to­graph). The appli­cant signs on an elec­tronic tablet, and a fin­ger­print scan is taken. As the fee is set in euros, it may chance with exchange rate fluc­tu­a­tion. Valid fees are posted in the Ser­vices sec­tion of the Embassy web­site ($137.00 in May 2010).

The appli­ca­tion can only be processed if the applicant’s per­sonal data (name, date and place of birth) in the Finnish pop­u­la­tion reg­is­ter is up-to-date (fur­ther infor­ma­tion: www.vaestorekisterikeskus.fi or www.maistraatti.fi). For exam­ple name changes due to a mar­riage or divorce can­not be processed in the pass­port sys­tem. These have to be updated in the pop­u­la­tion reg­is­ter ahead of time. Also, chil­dren born out­side of Fin­land can­not be issued a Finnish pass­port until their birth and cit­i­zen­ship details are entered into the Finnish pop­u­la­tion register.

Future use of the portable pass­port sys­tem in Canada

The Embassy will inform the Finnish com­mu­nity of the cir­cu­la­tion of the portable pass­port sys­tem at suit­able venues within the Finnish Com­mu­nity via press releases and on the Embassy web­site. The costs involved in bring­ing the portable pass­port sys­tem to events and cities within Canada will cre­ate con­straints on avail­abil­ity. There­fore, the portable sys­tem might be in a spe­cific area only for few days in any given year.

Pass­port appli­ca­tions can be made in Fin­land at the local police sta­tion. The pass­port can be for­warded to the Embassy in Ottawa (by request) if it can­not be issued by the end of the stay in Fin­land. In fact, a pass­port appli­ca­tion can be made at any pass­port issu­ing point in the world and the pass­port for­warded to Canada. Check the For­eign Min­istry web site www.formin.fi for loca­tions and con­tact infor­ma­tion for Finnish mis­sions. The Embassy in Ottawa will then make arrange­ments to for­ward the pass­port to the appli­cant, who should get in touch with the embassy upon return to Canada with their con­tact infor­ma­tion. A pre-paid courier or Canada Post Xpress enve­lope must be pro­vided by the applicant.

Con­tact for the media: Embassy of Fin­land, Head of Con­sular Affairs Tanja Neu­vo­nen,
tel. (613) 288 22 40, Tanja.Neuvonen@nullformin.fi

17th of May Norwegian Constitution Day Celebration

Come cel­e­brate Nor­we­gian Con­sti­tu­tion Day at the Scan­di­na­vian Centre!

Date: Mon­day May 17, 2010
Time: Bar opens at 6pm, din­ner at 7pm — Catered by Fiesta Cater­ing
Place: Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­niy Cen­tre
Cost: $35.00
Con­tact: For tick­ets con­tact SOlvi Stokholm at (604) 540‑1099, Aaslaug Boulier at (604) 929‑3826 or Mar­sha Unheim at (604) 929‑3972

Dance to the live music of Gaslight from 9 pm to midnight!

Sleipner 17th of May Celebration

Date: Sun­day May 16, 2010
Time: 11:00 — 15:00 (11am — 3pm)
Place: Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­nity Cen­tre
Con­tact: For infor­ma­tion con­tact juneruzas@nulllive.ca (604) 929‑2184

Games for the chil­dren, speaker, sand­wiches and waf­fle lunch available!

Finnish Afternoon Film: Mannerheim

Cana­dian Friends of Fin­land Sun­day After­noon Films presents:


Czarist Gen­eral – Mar­shal of Finland

Orig­i­nally made for Swedish TV in 2007, this com­pre­hen­sive doc­u­men­tary traces Mannerheim’s child­hood, mil­i­tary train­ing in Ham­ina and St. Peters­burg, his career and rise to gen­eral in the Russ­ian Army, and his return to Fin­land and role in the Finnish Civil War and in the Win­ter and Con­tin­u­a­tion Wars. A num­ber of inter­views are in Swedish, but this ver­sion is nar­rated in Finnish by the well-known Finnish actor, Peter Franzén, and has Eng­lish subtitles.

Date: Sun­day May 2, 2010
Time: 14:00 (2pm)
Where: Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­nity Cen­tre
Cost: Admis­sion by dona­tion. Refresh­ments served.

Annual Plant Sale

Gar­den­ers! Good news! The PLANT SALE is back!

The first week­end in May the Scan­di­na­vian Cen­tre will hold its huge annual Plant Sale Fundraiser — We need your extra plants!

Date: May 1st & 2nd, 2010
Time: 10am — 3pm
Place: Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, 6540 Thomas St, Burn­aby BC

Most of us will soon be busy divid­ing roots and dis­card­ing run­away plants. We need those extra peren­ni­als, shrubs, trees, or house plants. Pot them up!

Prep­ping Your Plants for the Sale

Keep them watered and in a shel­tered spot and your plants will be estab­lished and ready for their new own­ers. Start toma­toes or other annual veg­eta­bles and flow­ers too. Those have been snapped up quickly and we never have enough.

Label your plants with their pop­u­lar and sci­en­tific names if you know them, and give any other infor­ma­tion that might help a new owner. Colour and grow­ing con­di­tions are use­ful along with height or size.

We could use your exper­tise and your help on our com­mit­tee and for a few hours dur­ing the Sale itself. Con­tact any­one on the Plant Sale Com­mit­tee if you can help. Also, if you need help or advice or have extra pots to offer, or need some, get in touch.

Pick Up Available

We have even been known to pick up your plants, and maybe you can put up a few posters for us in return — the usual group effort. Very Scandinavian.

Happy gar­den­ing!

Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­nity Cen­tre Plant Sale Committee

Dex­ada Jor­gensen (Dan­ish House)
Helina Clement (Fin­land House)
Chris­tine Mitlewski (Swedish House)
Car­olyn Thauberger (Nor­we­gian House)