The Finnish Society of Edmonton

Keeping Finnish culture and tradition in Western Canada

Christmas Party

Join us for an evening of fun and celebration on Saturday, December 8th, when the Finnish Christmas Party takes place in the International Hall at the Dutch Canadian Centre (13312, 142 Street NW). Everyone is welcome, so bring your family and friends!

We are excited to announce that this year's after-dinner program includes a performance by the Junior Valhalla Scandinavian Folk Dancers at 7:30 PM. They have performed at the Heritage Festival, IKEA, and various Scandinavian celebrations.

Cocktails start at 5:00 PM and turkey dinner is served at 6:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased at $35 each ($15 for children under the age of 8) from any board member.

For more information, contact Mari at (587) 501-5335 or

Christmas Carols Sing Along Event

Daniel and Eija Aalto will lead the "Kauneimmat Joululaulut (The Most Beautiful Christmas Carols)" sing-along event at the Ansgar Danish Lutheran Church (9554, 108a Ave.) on Saturday, December 22 at 3:00 PM.

We will be singing half of the songs in English and half in Finnish to serve as many Christmas Carol lovers as possible. Afterwards, we'll enjoy glögi and pipari at the basement. Please bring your singing voice, family, and friends to the happy Christmas event and take the beautiful Christmas spirit home with you!

Laskiainen Outdoor Event

In February 2019 we will celebrate the traditional mid-winter outdoor event with pea soup and pancakes.

More details to follow.

Sibelius Concerts in 2019

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra will return with a series of Sibelius concerts between February 22 and March 9, 2019. The selection of music includes some of the composer's most famous pieces such as Finlandia and Valse Triste. The Finnish Society will be a sponsor during this event.

Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting and Special By-Laws Resolution

All are invited to the Finnish Society Annual General Meeting on Sunday, October 28 at 1:00 pm in the Nordic Room at the DCC. This is your chance to provide input into the Finnish Society and its programs and activities. We look forward to hearing your fresh ideas! Your support will help us to continue growing our programming.
Following the AGM, there will be another Special Meeting on the By-Laws. We need your input and approval to put these forward.

Karjalan Piirakka Baking and Course

On Thursday, November 1st at 9:00 am, there will be a Karjalan Piirakka Baking Course in the kitchen at the DCC. Everyone is welcome to come and learn the traditional secrets to creating these great treats! Ritva and Anneli will guide us through course, and in the end, we will have Karjalan Piirakka available to sell at the Scandinavian Christmas Market! Contact Ritva or Anneli for more information.


Finnish Society Bursaries
Educational Bursaries of $1000 are available for students enrolled in a post-secondary institution in Alberta for at least one full semester. If you have already received a bursary, you are not eligible to receive another one. Deadline for application is November 30, 2018. Bursary recipients will be drawn at the Christmas Party. Check the Finnish Society website or Facebook page for more information. Contact Brenda at

Sewing Circle

The Sewing Circle meets once per month. Contact Tiina at (780) 473-2657.

Children's Program

All are welcome to the Children’s Finnish language and activities program. Contact Sanna at or Eija at

Nordic Walking

The Nordic walking program at Rundle Park takes place on Wednesdays. Contact Susan for more information at (780) 901–2471.

Scandinavian Seniors' Club

The Scandinavian Seniors’ club takes place on Wednesday from 1 pm to 4 pm at the DCC Nordic Room. Light lunch is served for a small fee. Everyone is welcome!

Junior Valhalla Scandinavian Folk Dancers

Do you know of a child or youth interested in learning traditional Scandinavian Folk dances? Have them come and join the Junior Valhalla Scandinavian Folk Dancers! This is the same group that performed so well at HeritageFest!
For more information contact: Heidi Mapstone at (780) 914-4636 or heidimapstone@stantec.comt text

Finnish Lessons

The Finnish Society continues to receive requests for Finnish lessons. If you are interested in providing lessons, please contact us. We have also received a request from an online Finnish teacher. Laura gives lessons via Skype. She has lived in Finland and has many years of experience. Check out her website if you are interested. Note that there are many other online Finnish courses available and the Finnish Society has not endorsed any of them.

Monthly News Bulletin from the Finland Society/Suomi Seura ry

The latest information bulletin, including details of summer language courses, is available at under "News".

Sutinat-tiedotteemme on luettavissa Suomi-Seura ry:n Internet-sivulla kohdassa "Ajankohtaista".