Who Are We?

The purpose of the Swedish Club at the University of Washington is to promote and celebrate Swedish language and culture at UW and the surrounding community.

The majority of our organization consists of regularly enrolled undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Washington, but anyone interested in Swedish language and/or culture is welcome.


Chairs: Hope Reilly and Stephen Swanson

Lucia Coordinators: Emily Johnson and Hope Reilly

Webmaster: Stephen Swanson

Treasurer: Hope Reilly

Our Events


Definition: Fika is a Swedish verb that roughly means “to take a coffee break.” (It also has noun usage, roughly meaning “coffee break.”)

Our club holds a weekly fika open to anyone interested in Sweden or Swedish-related things. It is a great place to network with other people interested in Sweden. It is also a great place for students in Swedish language classes to bring their questions. These are very casual events. There is no language requirement for our fikas.

Also, don’t feel like you have to be with us for the whole allotted time. We realize people lead busy lives, so don’t be afraid to show up late or leave early. Fika will be here for you, so just come and have a good time! 🙂

Check the calendar for a schedule of upcoming fikas. As of Autumn Quarter 2011, fikas are held on Wednesdays at 5:30 at Cafe Koinonia near Condon Hall!

Special Events

The Swedish Club hosts special events from time to time. Check our calendar for more information!