The 18th Annual Swedish Crayfish Party

Crayfish 2016

Date: Saturday, August 20th, 2016
Time: 6pm
Location: Scandinavian Community Centre
Cost: presale $45.00, At the door: $60

Time for crayfish! Traditionally,  a Swedish crayfish party takes place in the end of the summer. Crayfish parties have spread to all the Nordic countries and are generally held during August. This tradition was started because crayfish harvesting in Sweden was, for most of the 20th century, legally limited to late summer.  Since the Swedish crayfish became extinct, Swedes all over the world rely on IKEA and China to deliver these yummy and delicious shell fish for our sometimes rowdy parties.

It is the 18th time the Swedish Women’s Educational Association arranges a true crayfish party with all the customary party accessories that are obligatory. These consitute of comical paper hats, paper tablecloths, paper lanterns (often depicting the Man in the Moon), and bibs. A cheerful atmosphere prevails amid noisy eating and traditional drinking songs (printed in a little booklet in English so that everyone can take part). It is considered customary to suck the juice out of the crayfish before shelling it. Don’t worry, we will show you how it is done!

Similar to last year, SWEA partners with the Swedish Cultural Society in organising the saltiest event of the year. The tickets include a three course meal  with enterntainment during dinner, and dancing to Swedish music after. Only 60 tickets will be sold, so purchase your ticket early!


All proceeds go to SWEA Vancouver.

Roberta Swedien – Swedish Rhapsody

Roberta Swedien

The SHS Karl Ståhl Award

Photo: Karl Ståhl, consul emeritus

Photo: Karl Ståhl, consul emeritus

The Karl Ståhl Scholarship was founded by the board of Sweden House Society in 2014 as a way to honour the long-time service of Consul General Karl A. Ståhl.  His career as the diplomatic representative of Sweden in British Columbia spanned over 45 years until his retirement in 1983. The scholarship was initiated through generous donations by the family and friends of Karl Ståhl, who passed away in 1996.

The goal of this scholarship is to assist a British Columbia student with the cost of his or her post-secondary studies at an accredited institute of higher learning at a post secondary level. The studies can take place anywhere in the world. A strong interest in Sweden and the Swedish Community in BC is a requirement to apply.

The scholarship has a value of $1,000 and will be awarded annually in the month of June. The scholarship is paid upon proof of the recipient’s admission with the funds being distributed upon the commencement of studies.

The application should include the following:

  1. Applicant’s name, address and email address.
  2. Proof of resident status of BC.
  3. Proof of registration to an accredited institution.
  4. Transcript of the most recent studies and marks.
  5. A written reference from one or more of the following: a previous teacher, instructor or school administrator, member of Sweden House (including organizations belonging to Sweden House) or someone unrelated who can attest to the applicant’s good character
  6. A short, handwritten essay that includes the applicant’s link to and interest in Sweden, a description of volunteer work and /or employment, educational experiences, interests, travels, hobbies and to also future academic and post educational goals and how this scholarship can assist in attaining them.
  7. Any additional personal information that would serve to better assess the application. Especially involvement with the Swedish Community where the applicant lives or volunteering/connection with Sweden House Society or any of its member organisations is considered in a favourable way.

In order to be considered for the 2017 scholarship, the application and supporting documentation must be submitted by March 31, 2017 by email ( or by regular mail to Sweden House Society-Scholarship, 6540 Thomas Street, Burnaby, BC V5B 4P9.



The Centre is Getting A Royal Treat!

Royal Treat

Sweden House Society is honoured to announce that as part of their royal visit to Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Games, the King and Queen of Sweden – Carl XVI Gustaf and Silvia Bernadotte – will be coming for a visit to the Scandinavian Community Centre!

On Thursday February 25th, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Silvia will be attending a special Cocktail Reception held in their honour. As part of their visit to the Centre, the Swedish School children will perform and the royal couple will be given a grand tour of the Centre facilities. We are so proud of how we keep the Swedish culture and traditions alive in Vancouver, we hope they will be as well!

For information on how to attend this once in a lifetime event, visit the Swedish Royal Reception event listing.

SHS Scholarhips

There are currently three official scholarships of the Sweden House Society (SHS) and one by the SHS member organisation SWEA Vancouver:

  • The SHS Karl Ståhl Award. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist a British Columbia student with the cost of his/her post-secondary education. Value: $1,000 CDN. Deadline March 31, 2017.
  • The SHS Trade Award (new!). The purpose of this scholarship is to assist a British Columbia apprentice with the cost of his/her apprenticeship in of the following industries: construction, transportation, mechanical or electrical. Value: $1,000 CDN. Deadline March 31, 2017.
  • The SHS Culinary Award (new!). The purpose of this scholarship is to assist a British Columbia culinary student with the cost of his/her studies  in a local culinary school or one in Sweden. Value: $1,000 CDN. Deadline March 31, 2017.
  • The SWEA Vancouver-University of British Columbia Scholarship for undergraduate studies in Sweden. Find out more on SWEA Vancouver’s website. Value: $3,000 CDN. Deadline March 31, 2017.

For all scholarships, applicants have to demonstrate and prove a strong interest in Sweden and the Swedish community in BC. Volunteering at the Scandinavian Centre or in any of the member organisations weigh heavily in the decision made by the scholarship committee.

Contact SHS at for more information on our scholarships and deadlines.

Swedish Language Classes

Swedish Language Class
Adult classes are offered in both Fall and Winter and run for 10 weeks. Children’s classes fol­low a reg­u­lar school year sched­ule, and are designed for children 3-16 years old who have someone that can speak and support their Swedish on a daily basis. Books in Swedish are also available at the Scandinavian Centre for members of the Swedish Cultural Society. Please contact the Swedish Cultural Society on how to access books for adults and the Swedish School of Vancouver on how to access books for children.

Children & Youth Classes

The Swedish School of Vancouver offers classes in Swedish for children on Thursdays 4.15-6.15pm OR Saturdays 9.30-11.30am. All classes teach Swedish language and Swedish culture, including vocabulary, grammar, literature and Swedish traditions such as lucia and semlor. At the end of the school year we have a weekend spring camp, which is very popular both for kids and their parents. The Swedish School of Vancouver a website has updates on the school and educational blogs on rais­ing bilin­gual and bi-cultural kids, and our community is a great place to meet friends and families that share your experiences of living abroad.

Our preschool curriculum has a play-based structure with songs and games for children 3-5 years and typically involves some participation of the parents. Classes for Elementary School (5-12 years) and Junior Secondary/ Middle School students (12-16 years) are based on educational plans developed by the Swedish Department of Education (Skolverket). The classes for the oldest (12-16 years) are taught through Sofiaskolan Distans. This is a long-distance curriculum with a local teacher supervisor and a head teacher in Sweden, with grades that provide eligibility for Swedish High school (behörighet till svenskt gymnasium).

Availability of students and teachers can sometimes limit the classes that we offer for a certain age group or day of the week..

Please check our website, or contact us via phone 604–725-8431 (Mia Logie) or via email for more information.

Adult Classes

Begin­ners: Once a week 7pm – 9pm
Inter­me­di­ate: Once a week 7pm – 9pm
Advanced: Once a week 7pm – 9pm
Con­tact: Åsa Eidelöf — 604-988-9882

New Teachers Needed

Our teachers are one of the most valuable resources that we have, and we are always keeping an eye open for new people to join our team. If you know of new people that are coming into town, might be planning to come here or already live here and have an interest in teaching please ask them to get in touch with us. Teaching at the Swedish School is a great way to keep teaching activities on your resume, get to know fellow Swedes in the area, learn about bilingualism, subsidize your income and have fun with a multitude of amazing kids.

We offer lessons two times a week, each lesson consisting of two hours plus prep work. This fall we will be needing a couple of new teachers. Applicants with a teacher or preschool education are preferred. Excellent verbal and written proficiency in the Swedish language is a requirement.

Please contact us at or 604-725-8431 for more information and the application form.

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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