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New Sweden Cultural Heritage Society was chartered in 1989 for the purpose of sharing, promoting, strengthening and maintaining our Swedish culture and heritage.

We accomplish this through a variety of events and activities. New Sweden produces two traditional events- the August crayfish party- Kraftskiva, and the Lucia Fest in December. As a member of the League of Swedish Societies, we partner with Nordic Northwest to create a Swedish Midsummer highlighted by dancing around the midsummer pole. Additionally, we offer cooking classes, share traditional Swedish recipes, enjoy potluck picnics, crafts, lectures and exhibits.

Our organization is inclusive and its members come from a variety of backgrounds-some were born and raised in Sweden, some have Swedish heritage, and some have no direct connection to Sweden besides an appreciation of the culture.

Learn more about New Sweden

Ross Fogelquist, New Sweden President

We welcome your interest in the New Sweden Cultural Heritage Society and invite you to join our active organization. Please review our past newsletters to learn more about us and check out the events we have scheduled for this year.

Meet Ross Fogelquist, New Sweden President

Cultural Events and Activities

New Sweden’s upcoming events for 2023

Midsummer Fest

20th Anniversary Newsletter

The Saga of New Sweden Cultural
Heritage Society of Portland Oregon

20th Newsletter

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New Sweden Cultural Heritage Society Membership

With your membership, you will receive our quarterly newsletter. The newsletter and website will keep you informed about upcoming meetings and events.

Be prepared to enjoy the many benefits of membership in New Sweden, most especially the opportunity to share with others your interest in preserving the traditions of Sweden in America!

Learn more about New Sweden Membership

Traditional Swedish Smorgasbord Recipes

Herring Salad Recipe (Sill Sallad)

Herring Salad (Sill Sallad)

Herring Salad is a must on the Christmas Smörgåsbord. It includes pickled beets and cold boiled potatoes among other things.

Pickled Herring

Pickled Herring (Inlagd Sill)

There are many variations of Pickled Herring.
The recipe presented here represents the classic traditional version.

Mimosa Salad

Mimosa Salad

Mimosa Salad is a salad that also comes with some variations. To this recipe you could add chopped up orange sections, grapes, and some peas.

West Coast Salad

West Coast Salad (Västkustsallad)

West Coast Salad is a refreshing salad among many "heavier" dishes on the Smörgåsbord.

Pickled Cucumbers

Pickled Cucumbers (Gammaldags Pressgurka)

These freshly Pickled Cucumbers are easy to make, and a good side-dish to many meat-based dishes.

Cold Cuts

Cold Cuts (Kall Skuret)

The plate is a "no-brainer", where you put together a variety of deli-items which hae been "cooked" by somebody else.

Cured Salmon

Cured Salmon (Gravad Lax)

Before preparing this dish, the salmon should be stored in the freezer for a few days to kill any bacteria, and then thawed in the fridge.

Jansson’s Temptation

Jansson’s Temptation (Jansson’s Frestelse)

The anchovies used will melt into the dish and flavor it wonderfully. A must-have dish in on the Smörgåsbord.

Swedish Meatballs

Meatballs (Köttbullar)

Everyone loves this recipe. It comes from a Swedish Food Magazine (Allt om Mat) from 1979, and has been my only meatball recipe since then.