At the Northwest Danish Association, we are proud of the many great things Danish culture has to offer, so we celebrate it and pass along our knowledge and traditions to those who share our interests.
The mission of Northwest Danish Association is to preserve and share with others our Danish culture, traditions, and values.
Northwest Danish Association believes that it is essential to provide opportunities for members of the community to learn about and explore pressing contemporary issues. The Association seeks to ensure that people are aware of the contributions of Danish technology and Danish social experience.
We know that Denmark is a small country with a lot to offer. Our goal is to share this knowledge with the Pacific Northwest and beyond, while building international understanding and fostering cross-cultural exchange between Denmark and the U.S. Denmark is often known as the happiest nation in the world with its high quality of life. The country has long been a leader and an example in sustainability and green living, while Danish architecture, cinema, and design remain well-known across the world. These are but a few of the many values and strengths we find in Danish society and culture.
Annual Danish American Cultural Retreat
The Danish American Cultural Retreat (DACR) (previously known as the Danish Cultural Conference [DCC]), has been held in Corbett, Oregon for over 30 years. Enjoy a look back at highlights from previous DCC experiences, then find out about this years program and register for this fun event! Visit the event page here: http://northwestdanish.org/dacr/
Art and Music
The Northwest Danish Association promotes exchanges between Danish and American artists and audiences, both in music and in fine arts. The Association aims to increase mutual awareness and appreciation for Danish works and artists through actively supporting and sponsoring performances in Washington and Oregon. To contribute to our Arts and Culture Program Fund, please use the DONATE NOW link located at the top of the page on our website.
The Northwest Danish Association embraces the Grundtvigian tradition of education and learning for all. Annually, we operate Danish language camps for children offering both day and residential options. The Danish folkschool movement provides inspiration for the Association’s annual Himmelbjerget Camp for teens and Dane Camp for young children, as well as the historical and cultural lectures, presentations, and exhibits sponsored by the Association for all ages.
Our Association is dedicated to supporting students and academia. Our scholarships have been awarded to students for over 16 years, helping students fulfill their educational dreams. Find more about our scholarship programs here: NWDA Scholarship Programs
The importance of the family in transmitting cultural traditions and social values to younger generations is well understood by the Northwest Danish Association. Consequently, the Association supports this role of families through sponsorship of: a variety of Danish traditional events such as Julestue, Fastelavn, and Sankt Hans Aften, support for local Danish music and drama groups, and group dinners for young adults and families. Furthermore, our Family program, targeted in part to younger families, fosters the development of a next generation of Association leadership and helps ensure the Association’s long-term sustainability.
The Association’s proactive outreach to seniors additionally informs our community’s understanding of family and helps ensure that seniors remain a valued part of our larger community.
From the founding of the Danish Old People’s Home in 1923, the organization that is now the Northwest Danish Association has made care for community elders a primary concern.
The Association provides medical, housing, and transportation assistance to elders to help them stay in their own homes longer and be a part of a social community. Its seniors program has evolved to also include services and activities that provide quality-of-life enriching social and educational opportunities for the growing number of independent seniors within our community. The value in Danish tradition for an active, engaged life for all, forms the basis of the Association’s seniors program.
Below are just a few of the programs offered by the Northwest Danish Association. Check our calendar of events for more information and to see when these groups get together.