Nordic House News

Thank you to the members who came to the AGM 13th August. It was a lovely afternoon shared.

A date for the Swedish Club Christmas Bazaar has yet to be set.

Sunday 21st August was the date set for our busy bee. The weather was not particularly friendly but some garden work and general house work was completed. Thank you to the members who turned up to help.

Please note that all future credit card payments will be subject to a surcharge of 2% to cover bank fees.

Your library is looking good after its overhaul and it is ready and waiting for you to use it.

Quiz Night in November

Niels and Lyn Dahl did such a fantastic job at organising our quiz night in July that by popular demand they have agreed to organise another for us on 19th November.

Get together and arrange a table of bright heads and bring along some wine and table snacks to keep your strength up during the many rounds of awesome questions to test your general knowledge as well as your knowledge about cultural, history, geography etc. See you there.

50th Anniversary Celebration


The Scandinavian Association is turning 50 in October. It was formed in 1966 and since its formation has been a place where many friendships have been formed and where Scandinavians gather to celebrate what it means to be Scandinavian.

We are celebrating this special event at Miss Maud’s Restaurant with a buffet smorgasbord lunch Sunday 23rd October from 12 pm onwards.

Cost will be $50 per person, one drink included in the price, $25 for Children (4-13 inclusive) and $ 55 for non-members.

To book for this event please contact Nina via email or phone her on 9245 8768 between 9 am and 9.30 pm.

From the Committee

We really enjoyed St Hans on 18th June at Nordic House. It was cold but people still gathered in the garden waiting for the fire to be lit to keep them warm, singing the traditional songs after enjoying gloegg and hot dogs. Special thanks goes to Niels and Lyn, to Karen Margrethe for the music and to Merete for helping in the kitchen. It was good to see new faces and there were many children as well. 36 adults and 15 children came. Until we find a suitable venue to have a bigger bonfire, we shall continue at Nordic House.

Also thank you to Susanne for shopping and to everyone for coming and for bringing items for the raffle.

The Quiz night went well with 23 participants. Thanks to Niels and Lyn for preparing all the questions and running the show.

We had 4 big tables and there were plenty of prices including a dinner at Niels and Lyn`s place that 6 lucky people won. I hope you all enjoyed the evening. We look forward to more of the same.

A few of us are having late summer holidays, but are already busy preparing for the spring and Christmas functions hoping it will all come together later in the year.

The AGM was held Saturday 13th August and around 19 members came. Rita and Neil were presented with some gifts to show our appreciation for all the work they have done over several years as membership secretary and editor of Scanpost, and for their general help in the Association.

Also many thanks to outgoing committee Gunnar, Nina, Oeystein, Birgit and Nola for their help over the last year. Thank you also to Palle and Gunnar on the maintenance team and to Susanne for shopping, and also to Gunnar and Sigurd for their work with the library.

Nina stepped down as treasurer, but as we have not yet found a replacement she will help until one is found. On the new committee we have Øystein as president, Marianne as secretary, Merete will take over as Scanpost editor and membership secretary, and Gunnar and Joan as committee members. Nina will be acting as treasurer until 1st November, as it is hard to manage without one, so we are urgently looking for someone to take over.

We look forward to another year of good times and hoping for an increase in membership. As in any club membership, you get out of the club what you put in. Supporting the club events is the main thing, but also volunteering your time to help ensure that events are successful. This is valuable to your club and very rewarding for yourself.

We had a Busy Bee on Sunday the 21st August, just a few came, and general house work and garden tidy was done.

Let me not forget to mention that we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary, since the formation of the Scandinavian Association, 1966-2016, with a buffet lunch at Miss Maud’s on Sunday the 23rd October at 12 noon. Cost will be $ 50 per person, one drink included in the price, $25 for Children (4-13 inclusive) and $ 55 for non-members.

We are hoping to see lots of members, old and new. Please bring your family and friends and if you are in touch with old members please invite them to come along.

The  cut-off date for booking is 12th October and payment has to be completed with your booking. You can book in with Nina on or phone 9245 8768 .

Niels Dahl is organising another Quiz night on Saturday November 19th, so get your general knowledge up to scratch. It will be at 6.30 with the quiz starting at 7 pm.

With best regards

The Committee

2016 Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival starts 21 July at Cinema Paradiso

Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival 2016The 2016 Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival returns to Cinema Paradiso 21 July – 3 August presenting 22 films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden and Norway.

The festival opens with the hilarious comedy ‘Welcome to Norway!’ and also features standout films ‘Land of Mine’, ‘The Fencer’ and ‘The Wave’.

Find out more at and get tickets via (see Film Festivals).


Membership Reminder

It’s that time of the year when the Association needs your financial support.

Annual membership fees are now due and to vote at the AGM in August, you must be a financial member of the Association. Regrettably, due to increases in a variety of charges, it has been necessary to increase membership fees for 2016/2017. This is only the second increase since before 2002.

For 2016-2017, fees have been set at:

  • single fee $40
  • single student/pensioner concession $35 family $60
  • family student/pensioner concession $50.

Prompt payment of your fees is always appreciated. A membership renewal form is found on page 10 of this edition of SCANPOST or you can download a form from the following link:

Please send your payment to the Membership Secretary, Rita Wilson, promptly.

Members who receive SCANPOST electronically will have their memberships cards and receipts emailed. Other members will continue to receive their documents by post.

Annual General Meeting – 3:00 p.m. Saturday 13 August

The Annual General Meeting of our Association will be held on Saturday 13 August at Nordic House commencing at 3.00 pm. The meeting should last about 1½ hours.

Most members of the current Committee have indicated that, due to personal commitments, they are not be available for re-election in 2016/2017.

Nominations from other members for these positions will be vital if the Association is to continue to function and provide services to its members. The following documents relating to this year’s AGM will be either posted or emailed to you shortly:

  • the minutes from the 2015 AGM (Please bring these along on the day)
  • the agenda and proxy form for the 2016 AGM
  • a membership application/renewal form on page 10 of your SCANPOST.

To have voting rights, please ensure that your annual membership subscription is paid beforehand. Payments can be accepted on the day, but please arrive a little earlier if you wish to do this.

Please come along to the meeting to discuss the results of the 2015 members’ survey, catch up with friends and offer your help in the running of your Association in the coming year.

Quiz Night – 6:30 p.m. Saturday 16 July

Join us on 16 July for a quiz night at Nordic House. Book a table for 6 for $30 through Marianne on 0401 169 853 or join a vacant spot on a table for $5 when you arrive.

Please arrive at 6.30 pm as the quiz will commence at 7 pm. BYO supper, but there will be coffee and cake available for the usual charge.

There will be three great prizes and a small raffle.

From the Committee

On 9 April, a meeting was held at Nordic House to discuss the result of the 2015 survey which asked members questions regarding the future of Nordic House. Twenty members attended and the meeting was positive and discussions realistic. It is clear from falling membership that we do have to try to increase and maintain members.

A small group of members have volunteered their time to form a subcommittee, which will work on how to best promote the club. Their result will be presented at the next AGM on 13 August at Nordic House. We will put into place their recommendations over the next year and then assess the situation, and see how the member numbers are doing.

On 4 May, 15 members and their invited friends enjoyed an interesting presentation on Fremantle Ports by Jeanette Murray, the Fremantle Ports External Affairs Coordinator.
Jeanette’s presentation included the history of the port ranging from its initial construction through to its modern operation and other varied functions and activities.  Slides were shown about the development of the main port and some of the Scandinavian ships that have used the port. A visit to the observation deck at the Fremantle Ports Administration Building followed the presentation.

Our autumn social barbecue, held on 14 May, attracted around 31 people who enjoyed the plentiful spread organised by Susanne and helpers. Many thanks go to all the shoppers and helpers. At the barbecue, we welcomed back our former president, Merete and her children, Kristina and Christopher, who have recently returned to Perth after 6 years away living in Denmark.

In spite of inclement weather, a few members bravely attended the busy bee on 22 May. Some members brought their children who tried to help or just enjoyed the swings. Many thanks to them all.  Thankfully the showers held off for most of the time and we were able to complete much of the planned maintenance. This included redirecting reticulation pipes and further paving with slabs, donated by Nola Cray. Drainage from the southeast downpipe was diverted away from the building and repairs were carried out to door knob mechanisms. Other maintenance included corrosion protection of a lintel near the new underfloor gate.

In the garden, leaves were cleared, some pruning done and the inside of the House cleaned. Delicious home-baked Danish cake was provided for morning coffee and the customary pølser and meat balls were enjoyed for a tasty lunch.

We have a busy month coming up and hope to see you at the next couple of events. On 18 June, we will celebrate an early Skt Hans with a small bonfire and witch in the garden at Nordic House. Please come along and support your Association. There will be hot dogs and gløgg for sale, as well as tea and coffee and soft drinks available. We shall hold a raffle and would be grateful for any donations for this.

On 16 July, a quiz night has been organized by Niels and Lyn Dahl, so come along and test your wits. You can either book a table for 6 at $5 per person or join a table when you come. Please arrive at 6.30 pm as the quiz will commence at 7 pm. You can BYO supper if you wish, but there will be coffee and cake available for the usual charge.

Our annual AGM will be held at Nordic House on 13 August commencing at 3 pm. You will receive the agenda, last year’s AGM minutes and nomination forms prior to the date, either by email or post. Please make an effort to attend as the future direction of the
Association is in your hands.

And remember, the Association cannot survive without your membership. Please renew your membership which is due on 1 July promptly.

We look forward to you joining us at these events in the coming months.

With best regards
The Committee

Danish biometric passport unit visiting Perth on 15 June 2016

danish-flagThe Danish Biometric Passport Mobile Unit will again be visiting WA to enable Danish citizens in WA to renew their Danish passports in accordance with the new biometric guidelines.

Passport applications will be accepted at the Harbour Room, Tradewinds Hotel, 59 Canning Highway, East Fremantle on 15 June 2016. Danish citizens who wish to take advantage of this service should contact the Royal Danish Consulate by email at to make an appointment.

The service expects to visit Western Australia again in about 6 months time.