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We welcome you in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Icelandic and Finnish, the languages of the Scandinavian areas of Europe.     We are The Midwest Institute   of Scandinavian Culture. Our physical location is in Dunn County Wisconsin. Mailing Address: PO Box 522, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54702 USA

Become a member--support our mission--- use our contact page!


This is What We do!

We support Scandinavian Culture with Workshops, Retreats and Presentations. Projects include a local Folk Fair, Wahlstrom  Nordic Workshop for college students, and a yearly Syttende Mai celebration.  We provide financial support to other groups in our area who work to do the same.

New: We are providing through the work of   board member Paul,          1 hour of  Nordic Music on Sunday afternoons 1 -2 PM CT. via public radio. You can listen to the program at WHYS 96.3 FM Eau Claire Community Radio here in Eau Claire or live stream it from anywhere at

 There is an  Annual Meeting  in  June  Agenda often includes election of officers for a three year term, (only paid up members can vote.)   An update of Landmark Conservatorship    program will be ongoing. . We are slowly adding the complete history of the Norden Folk organization to this website. Go to the Norden Folk Woods and Trails page and scroll down to the "our story" and look for the PDF link to learn the history of this organization. Who were the founders and what were their goals.


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Norden Folk invites you to help with the mission of Norden Folk.  Norden folk is committed to preserving and maintaining  historic and traditional Nordic Culture in the Upper Midwest Area. It is our goal to build and maintain the interest of younger generations through the visual arts and traditional music, folk dance and sport. We would like to build our membership with folks committed to preserving Scandinavian traditions.  We need motivated people to come on-board and help with the goal of keeping Nordic culture relevant and vibrant in our multicultural society.  In other words, we need you!  

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Wahlstrom Nordic Workshop

 The workshop  is being held February 23-25, 2024 

Beaver Creek Reserve in Fall Creek, WI hosted by St. Olaf College.  The theme this year will be Nordic Food Traditions in Dialogue. The Finn Hall Trio will be playing and teaching folk dancing.

As always, the Workshop is sponsored by the Midwest Institute of Scandinavian Culture and runs from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. Staff, students, and former students from colleges and universities in the region that offer Scandinavian and Nordic majors, minors, and study programs help to organize and host the event. There are a wide range of Nordic games and activities including ax casting, wood carving, weaving, folk dancing, guided nature walks, and more. It’s also a great opportunity for students to give presentations of papers or projects they have done during the year. Please encourage your students to present some of their work! 

Syttende Mai 2024

In 1905, Norway separated from Sweden peacefully and became a truly independent country. 

 Syttende Mai ---Norwegian Constitution Day is the day Norway became an independent nation in 1814.Plans are underway for the annual Syttende Mai celebration on Thursday May 16, 2024. The celebration will be held at Holiday Inn South/Johnny's Italian Steakhouse in Eau Claire.  The featured entertainment will be Tom and Debbi King presenting Sunny Cove Registered Icelandic Sheep Woolly Adventures overlooking Lake Superior.



Culture Fest

"International Folk Fair is now Culture Fest"

Culture Fest will be held at UWEC Davies Student Center Eau Claire WI in-person Time and date for 2024 tbd


There is no specific theme but instead just a celebration of all the wonderful cultures coming together to demonstrate each of their unique cuisines, customs, and culture. 


This family friendly event is a great way to learn more about different cultures from around the world!

Based in Minneapolis, award-winning Finn Hall Trio recreates the feel and sounds of the historic Finnish-American dance halls for local dancers offering waltz, polka, schottische,     mazurka, tango, humppa and other dances.  


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Like all good Scandinavians, we  love our coffee;  actually Scandinavians are among the highest consumers of coffee in the world. It might be said that  it's a way of life.


& Articles of Interest

History of the Scandinavian People

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