Finnish Canadian Documentary Film

A screening of the documentary film
From the Front to the West Coast:
The Recollections of the Finnish War Veterans in Vancouver

Date: Friday, January 23, 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Scandinavian Community Centre

January 23 militaria

Come early! Brian Kvist with assistance from Paul Juoksu will have a Display of Finnish Militaria
including full uniforms, weaponry and original documents.

This is an emotive documentary directed and produced in British Columbia about Finnish World War II Veterans. The veterans tell their stories revealing history through personal experience: why and how they fought; the personal consequences, as well as the consequences to the country as a whole; tragedy and hope. The archival footage is fascinating. The captivating stories depict the significance of home during childhood and youth. It also tells the story of how and why they left Finland after the war to start a new life in Canada. Even though the topic is war, humour has not been forgotten.
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Come and meet director Satu Bell. 66 minutes in Finnish with English subtitles. Admission by donation

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FinnWest 72nd Finnish Canadian Grand Festival

FinnWest LogoFor three days, the Scan­di­na­vian Cen­tre will become the “Cen­tre for all things Finnish” as we wel­come enter­tain­ers from Fin­land, USA and Canada. Early bird reg­is­tra­tion fees are offered until May 31. Check web­site for full details on pro­gramme and how to reg­is­ter. “Take your fam­ily to Fin­land, with­out pay­ing for air­fare!” FinnWest 72nd Finnish Cana­dian Grand Festival.

Date: July 29 — 31, 2011
Place: Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­nity Centre
Price: $70 full festival adult pass


Finnish Language ClassAll classes are offered in both Fall and Spring and run for 10 weeks.

For more detailed info on Finnish classes, visit

Children & Youth Classes

Finnish as a First Language (3 – 6 years): Every other Tuesday 6pm – 8pm
Finnish as a First Language (7 – 12 years): Every other Tuesday 6pm – 8pm
Finnish as a Second Language Kindergarten (4 – 7 years): Every other Saturday 10:00am – 12:00pm
Finnish as a Second Language Kindergarten (8 – 12 years): Every other Saturday 10:00am – 12:00pm
Contact: Selja Nyberg – (604) 275-7401 or email

Adult Classes

Beginners: Wednesdays 7pm – 9pm
Intermediate/Advanced: Mondays 7pm – 9pm
Contact: Tuomo Neuvonen via email

Language Classes

Language Classes
If you want to connect with your Scandinavian roots, brush up on your existing skills or are looking for a new challenge, we have the class for you!

The Scandinavian Community Centre offers both children and adult language classes for beginners, intermediates and advanced speakers in all Scandinavian languages. National holidays, celebrations and traditions form a large part of the curriculum of each class, younger students learn through songs and games and movies, magazines, and newspapers are used to facilitate learning and to create a fun atmosphere.

All classes are held at the Scandinavian Community Centre.



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