The Scandinavian Cultural Center is dedicated to increasing and sharing knowledge of Scandinavian history and culture with the wider community of the Tacoma and South Puget Sound area. We actively engage with the history and culture of Scandinavia through special events, exhibitions, and programs, in partnership with the many Scandinavian heritage organizations in the area, PLU faculty, and students.

The Center is located at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma Washington, in recognition of the University’s Nordic heritage.

The Center is open to the public three days a week with a few exceptions. Admission is free and everyone is welcome!

We also welcome new members as a great way to stay up to date with our events and to become involved in our programming.


Sámi National Day//Sámi álbmotbeaivi Feb. 6th!

Featuring Indigenous actor and filmmaker Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers!

Up-and-coming Indigenous actor and filmmaker Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers will speak and screen her short film Bihttoš (Rebel) at this year’s Sámi álbmotbeaivi / Sámi National Day celebration.Elle-Maija Tailfeathers photo

Sámi álbmotbeaivi has been celebrated by the Sámi since 1993, and commemorates the first pan-Sámi political meeting on February 6, 1917, in Trondheim. PLU and the SCC have been celebrating the Sámi National Day since 2013. This year’s celebration will run from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 6, in Ingram 100. Admission is free, and refreshments, including reindeer sausage, will be served.


Forgotten Nordics: Ethnic Diversity and National Narratives opens on Wednesday, Jan. 13th and will be on view through April 2015. Explore the history of the Nordic region with an emphasis on what most often gets forgotten.

Study Away

Each year, the SCC provides funding for PLU students to study away in Scandinavia.


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