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Past Events in 2022 by FFNCC and Friends of FFNCC

Event: Celebrating Finland, Pre-Independence Day Party    

When: Monday, December 5, Starting at 5pm 

Location: Mikko Nordic Fine Foods,  1636 R St. NW, Washington DC 20009 


Event: Christmas Party hosted by FFNCC, Finn Spark and Suomikoulu DC    

When: Saturday, December 10, 11am - 1pm 

Location: Faint Lutheran Church

                3313 Arlington Blvd, Arlington, VA     

RSPV by Dec. 7 to 

with # of adults / children attending         

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Event: Gods and Myths of the Viking World hosted by American Scandinavian Association of the National Capital Area   

When: Monday, November 28 – in-person 

           7:00 pm: Refreshments/Socializing 

           7:30 pm: Talk begins

Location: St. John’s Episcopal Church Hall

                6701 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase, MD

Click here to register for free tickets          

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Dr. Lilla Kopár, Associate Professor of Medieval English Literature and Director of the Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies at Catholic University, will present on the gods and myths of the Viking world.


The fascinating stories of the Norse gods have long captured the imagination of people from the medieval period to modern days. Odin, Thor, Loki, and their companions inspired the world of Tolkien, the operas of Wagner, movies of the Marvel universe, and more. But what do we actually know about these deities, their cults, and the myths and legends that brought them to life?


This richly illustrated talk will provide an overview of Norse mythology and the religious practices of the Viking world, with the help of literary sources (eddic and skaldic poetry, sagas) and the material evidence of art and archeology. We will discuss the history of the world from its creation from the body of Ymir to the dramatic events of Ragnarök, meet the key deities of the Norse universe and their fierce adversaries, and explore aspects of lived religion through rituals and religious objects.

Event: FFNCC - Fishing, Picnic, and Games Event   


UPDATE on 09/29 - due to inclement weather, the event is postponed to Sunday, October 16, Noon – 3 PM

Location: Lake Fairfax Park in Reston in Picnic Area 2

               The entrance is from Baron Cameron Avenue. There is no entrance fee to the Park.

               Picnic Area 2 can be found by driving past the amusement park on the right and continuing another 100 yards.

Finlandia Foundation National Capital Chapter organizes a fishing and picnic party in the lovely surroundings of Lake Fairfax Park in Reston.


There will be fishing (under 16-year-olds do not need a fishing license) on the beach of the lake. If you have fishing gear, bring it along, but we will also have some rods and lures available for children. We will also play the Finnish Mölkky game, and you will have a chance to meet other Finns, Finnish Americans, and friends of Finland  


Please bring your own lunch basket and drinks. We will reserve some sausages and mustard for everybody, and the grill will be hot all the time. 

Event:  FFN Young Leaders Forum:  NATO, Finland and the United States    

Thursday, September 15th, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

The Embassy of Finland and Finlandia Foundation’s Young Leaders Board is presenting a Young Leaders Forum event at the Finnish Embassy in Washington, DC on September 15, 2022.  The forum will provide an opportunity for young professionals and students to learn about and discuss Finland’s decision to join NATO and how the decision impacts the Finland-US relationship, the European security landscape and transatlantic ties.

The Forum is targeted at students and young professionals, and is free to attend.

People who wish to participate can find further information and can Register by Click here


Event:  FFN Webinar:  How will NATO membership affect Finland's work for peace?     

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Wednesday, September 14th, noon-1:30pm 

The free program is set for Noon-1:30 p.m. (EDT) on Wednesday, September 14, including audience Q&A.

Capacity is limited and advance registration is required.

Click here to Register          

This webinar will look at Finland's future as a member of NATO and how that will relate to the country's efforts in peacemaking.


Hosted by Finland's CMI - Martti Ahtisaari Peace Foundation,Suomi-Seura and Finlandia Foundation National,

the live event will feature CMI CEO Dr. Janne Taalas and Antti Ämmälä, head of CMI Communications.

Event:  Midsommar Picnic hosted by Drott Lodge and ASA 

            American-Scandinavian Association (ASA) of the National Capital Area

            Sunday, June 19th, 3pm-6pm

Location: Carderock Picnic Pavilion MD            


Event: FFNCC Happy Hour to Celebrate Spring

At Chef Mikko’s Restaurant

Sunday, May 15, 4:00 PM - 6 PM

Location: 1636 R Street, NW, Washington DC 20009 

 Closest Metro station -

Dupont Circle, Red Line, just two blocks away.


Please join us to celebrate spring and meet other Finns, Finnish Americans, and friends of Finland to socialize, exchange news, and share plans about visiting Finland. 


Most of us know Chef Mikko from when he served as the Executive Chef at the Finnish Embassy for 15 years. Since then, his restaurant has become familiar to many Nordic people as the place to enjoy authentic Scandinavian cuisine with a local twist. 

During this event, Chef Mikko offers us his culinary skills and Happy Hour-priced Finnish cocktails, other drinks, as well as small Finnish snacks.

Cheering Crowd

There is no advance payment for participation in the event - you pay at the restaurant for the drinks and snacks that you order. 

Space is limited.

We hope that all interested persons can be accommodated, but to be sure,

please register in advance by sending an email to FFNCC's with the heading ‘Happy Hour.’

(This would also allow us to inform you directly in the unfortunate event that BA.2 Covid infections rise and we need to cancel the event.)

Friends of FFNCC Event:

Suomikoulu DC, Inc. - Open House & Fundraiser

Saturday, May 7, 10am to 1pm 

Location: Oak Street Elementarily School, 

601 South Oak St, Falls Church

Free event

Suomikoulu DC is offering only the most popular products that you have loved and purchased in the last years. All of the delicious products have been freshly delivered from Finland.


"Suomik­oulu DC is part of the world­wide Suomi-koulu or­ga­ni­za­tion, which is working to pre­serve Finnish cul­ture and lan­guage among young people of Finnish origin. The Suomi-koulu or­ga­ni­za­tion’s work is sup­ported by the Finnish gov­ern­ment. Our pri­mary goal is to sup­port par­ents in their ef­forts to transfer Finnish lan­guage and her­itage to their chil­dren. We focus on teaching chil­dren to un­der­stand and speak Finnish. Reading and writing are taught when chil­dren are ready. Our school also of­fers chil­dren var­ious ex­pe­ri­ences re­lated to Finnish cul­ture, such as art and crafts."

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Event: FFNCC Kalevala Celebration

Thursday, March 17, Doors open at 6pm, Program starts at 6:30pm, Event ends at 10:00PM.

Location: Embassy of Finland

3301 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC. Closest metro: Dupont Circle (red line)

COVID-19 precautions at the Embassy of Finland: We follow DC Health safety procedures in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our guests, clients and employees. Our staff is fully vaccinated, and we trust that all our visitors are, too.

Tickets: $60 per person

Payment required COB Monday, March 14th        -- Sold out --

The Kalevala is a 19th-century poetic epic compiled by Elias Lönnrot from Karelian and Finnish oral folklore and mythology.


The Kalevala was instrumental in the development of the Finnish national identity and the growing sense of nationality that was an important element in Finland's independence from Russia in 1917.


It is regarded as the national epic of Karelia and Finland and is one of the most significant works of Finnish literature. The poems have inspired great art including paintings by Akseli Gallen-Kallela and music by Jean Sibelius, during the blooming of Finnish cultural identity.

Click here to read more about Kalevala



Pianist Ruusamari Teppo, PhD has both a direct family connection and a connection through her doctoral work to Finland’s beloved composer, Jean Sibelius.


While listening to her play the music of her great-great-grandfather, listeners can sense her deep and personal connection with his music.


In recent years she has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and collaborative pianist.


She is a prize-winner in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition and the Petrof Piano Competition, and has participated in music festivals around the globe.

Click here to read more about Ruusamari Teppo.


Evening Menu by Chef Mikko, former executive chef of the Ambassador. 

Vegetarian option available if request received by March 14 at (Hanna Wagner).

Silent auction items include: 1947 Finnish language edition of the Kalevala, an antique spinning wheel, a ryijy, Nordic cookbook, vintage items, delicious Finnish treats and more!   

Bring your checkbook or cash to make purchases.

The Finnish-American Society of Cape Cod (an FFN Chapter) event - Lecture: "Restauration of Finnish Log Cabins"

Date: Saturday, January 15th, 12 noon (Eastern time)

Location: Zoom

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The lecturer is Frank Eld, a son of a Finnish immigrant carpenter and a distinguished Finlandia Foundation Lecturer.


Due to Frank Eld’s affinity for historic preservation, he earned a history degree from Columbia University after a postgraduate year at Exeter. His first major restoration work was to rebuild - together with volunteers - an old general store of 25 buildings, which they moved from other locations to a virtual ghost town Roseberry in Idaho. Buildings on site now include a schoolhouse, a blacksmith’s shop, a church and private homes, as well as eight Finnish-style log cabins and a Finnish barn.  

Frank Eld’s fascination with the craft led to his first book, Finnish Log Construction –The Art.


Click here to visit Frank Eld’s facebook -Finnish-Log-Construction-The-Art.

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