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Ohio Norsemen Julefest

Ohio Norsemen Julefest on Sunday December 2 from 3:30 - 6:30 pm at Perk-Cop Cafe and Grill at 561 West Bagley, Berea. We hope you will be able to attend Ohio Norsemen 2018 Julefest this year. There will be an excellent menu, music, voluntary gift exchange and high spirit.

Swedish Lucia Program

Swedish Lucia Program on Saturday December 8 at 4 PM at Church of the Saviour at 2537 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights.

The Swedish Vasa community invites you to experience a Swedish Lucia celebration on Saturday, December 8, at 4 p.m. at Church of the Saviour, 2537 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights. Use the southern entrance in the rear parking lot to the Great Hall. The program begins with a winter concert of the Vasa Voices, directed by Judith Higbee, singing traditional winter and folk songs in Swedish. Following the vocal concert, the Lucia procession takes place. Lucia and her attendants processing and singing traditional songs. Come to hear one of the traditional stories of Lucia, a young girl wearing candles in her hair, who brought light and food to the hungry. Lucia is both a tradition in Italy and Sweden.

Following the program dessert and beverages will be served. Cost is $5.00. For further information, contact Marty Bergman,, or call at 216-371-5141.

Danish Christmas Party

Danish Christmas Party on Sunday December 9 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Tom' Country Place at 3443 Stoney Ridge Rd., Avon. The Danish Christmas Party is hosted by Danish Sisterhood. Adults & Children 13 and over - $28, Children 12 and under - Free

Santa will make a special appearance and bring goodie bags for the children. 2:00 p.m. Tree Decorating. 2:30 p.m. Singing Around the Christmas Tree. 3:00 p.m. Danish Folk Dancing. 3:30 p.m. Santa Arrives. 4:30 p.m. Dinner Buffet w/Danish Cookies. Followed by raffle

Questions:216-297-1357 or

Christmas Day Swedish Julotta Service

Christmas Day Swedish Julotta Service on December 25 at 6:30 AM at Peace Lutheran Church at 3740 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland Heights.

The Swedish Vasa community invites you to the Christmas Day Swedish Julotta Service at 6:30 a.m. on December 25! The service is held at Peace Lutheran Church, 3740 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland Heights. A light breakfast will be served afterwards. For further information, contact Marty Bergman,, or call at 216-371-5141.

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Leif Erikson Day 2018

The Scandinavian community of Cleveland, including those from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland gathered at the bust of Leif Erikson in front of Shooters in Cleveland's Flats to celebrate Leif Erikson Day.

Posing for photos with the Leif Erikson bust

Leif Erikson was a Norse explorer regarded as the first European to land in North America (excluding Greenland), nearly 500 years before Christopher Columbus.

Catherine Jorgensen McCutcheon modeled a tradional Norwegian costume or bunad as she led the toast

Catherine Jorgensen McCutcheon

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Icelandair Airline Launch in Cleveland

On April 25, 2018 the International Business Network meeting centered on the Icelandair announcement of flights to and from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The new Icelandair flight service from Cleveland to Europe will begin in May and includes a variety of options for stopovers in Iceland.

Icelandair and IBN leaders

Icelandair and IBN leaders

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Iceland History and Culture

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Settled by Norwegian and Celtic (Scottish and Irish) immigrants during the late 9th and 10th centuries A.D., Iceland boasts the world's oldest functioning legislative assembly, the Althingi, established in 930. Independent for over 300 years, Iceland was subsequently ruled by Norway and Denmark.

Fallout from the Askja volcano of 1875 devastated the Icelandic economy and caused widespread famine. Over the next quarter century, 20% of the island's population emigrated, mostly to Canada and the US.

Denmark granted limited home rule in 1874 and complete independence in 1944. The second half of the 20th century saw substantial economic growth driven primarily by the fishing industry. The economy diversified greatly after the country joined the European Economic Area in 1994, but Iceland was especially hard hit by the global financial crisis in the years following 2008. Literacy, longevity, and social cohesion are first rate by world standards..

(From the CIA World Factbook)

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