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Northwest Danish Association (NWDA) events and programs extend to Oregon State. During the summer, two featured programs of NWDA are held in Corbett, Oregon: Himmelbjerget Danish Camp and the Danish American Cultural Retreat. For weekly updates on events and programs in Oregon, sign up for our e-bulletin.

NWDA in Oregon and NWDA in Washington both have Danish libraries. Books are available for check out to members of NWDA.

Events in Portland

NWDA hosts several events in Oregon throughout the year. Read about the events below. NWDA’s meeting place and office in Oregon is called “Danebo.” Danebo is located in Portland at:

Kristin Square II 
9498 SW Barbur, Suite 207 
Portland, OR 97219 

Danish Bogklub

Oregon’s NWDA has a monthly “bogklub” (book club) that has been active since the 1990s. A Danish book is chosen and discussed. Books have included:
Hvor taler du flot dansk by Abdel Aziz Mahmoud
En anden gren by Jesper Wung Sung
Slavernes kyst by Thorkild Hansen
Familien Gregersen by Christian Kampmann

The next book club meeting is on Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 at 12:00 noon via Zoom! The book that will be discussed (in Danish) is Løvinden – Karen Blixen i Afrika, a biography about Karen Blixen by Tom Buk-Swienty. It is a new portrait of the world-famous Danish author, who lived in Kenya for 17 years.  In  Africa, they called her “The Lioness”.  She arrived in January 1914 full of dreams of a new and free life, but left the continent in 1931 after having lost the large coffee farm, “Karen Coffee Company”.  

Danish Film Nights

Occasional film nights are held at Danebo throughout the year.

Danish Sangaften

NWDA has an active Danish song group in Portland. Join them for a hyggelig evening singing Danish hymns.

Fastelavn

Each year NWDA hosts a fastelavnsfest (Danish carnival) for kids in Portland. Like in Denmark, the event features a barrel pinata. Kids wear costumes and the child who knocks the ‘cat’ out of the barrel is crowned the king or cat queen. Join in on the fun! Read more about fastelavn in Denmark here.

Hyggeaften

Hyggeaften is a monthly event by NWDA. The event is a chance to mingle and socialize with Portland’s Danish community. Danish and English speakers welcome!

Julefest

Join in for a good old-fashioned Danish Julefest, with holiday crafts, goodie bags for the kids, singing, dancing around the Christmas tree, a visit from “Julemanden” (Santa Claus), and delicious treats! 

Language Program

Learn Danish in an informal and cozy setting. Aase W. Beaulieu is the instructor for the program in Portland. Click here for more about the NWDA Danish Language Programs.

Lillejuleaften Photo by Bill Markwart

Lillejuleaften

The Lillejuleaften (“Little Christmas Eve”) event in Portland features a Danish church service and a kaffebord (coffee and cake). Come wish everyone a glædelig jul!

Pete Christensen Frikadelle Dinner

The annual Frikadelle Dinner is a fundraiser for NWDA’s Himmelbjerget Summer Camp. The dinner takes place during the fall each year.

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