Scandinavia House, New York City

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Established in 1911 by Danish-American industrialist Niels Poulson and a group of other forward-thinking leaders from business and education, the American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) was the first international non-governmental society to have as its sole purpose the development of goodwill through educational and cultural exchange. It was designed to meet the needs of its time through fellowships, scholarly exchange, exhibitions, and publications. These programs have grown over the years, and along with the cultural programs at Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America, have provided a comprehensive platform for ongoing international exchange between the United States and the Nordic countries.

This international work is at the heart of the Foundation’s mission. Each year, ASF awards over $800,000 in fellowships and grants to individual students, scholars, professionals, and artists for study and research in the United States and abroad. To date, some 30,000 Americans and Scandinavians have participated in these and other ASF programs of study, research, or practical training.

In October 2000, ASF opened Scandinavia House as a showplace for Nordic culture and life. Since its founding, it has welcomed over 1.5 million visitors, who have come to enjoy exhibitions, performances, lectures, and more. Scandinavia House was financed by the generosity of more than 300 donors from the U.S. and abroad, including individuals, corporations, and foundations, as well as the Nordic governments and the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America, the leading center for Nordic culture in the United States, offers a wide range of programs that illuminate the culture and vitality of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Scandinavia House offerings include diverse exhibitions and film series, as well as concerts and other performances, readings, lectures, symposia, language courses, and children’s activities.

Designed by the internationally renowned Polshek Partnership Architects (now Ennead Architects) and inaugurated in October 2000, Scandinavia House is the headquarters of the American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) and the site of ASF’s cultural and educational programming.
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  • Had lunch with friend at the Scandinavia House, the waiter was very professional and helpful. The food was excellent, you could talk to your table guests without yelling as the room was very quiet...  more »
  • We often stop here for a wonderful meal or just "fika." We enjoy the unique gift shop and musuem, all with the Scandinavian cultural touch. Love the cafe birch!  more »
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  • Love this Scandinavian outpost in Midtown East. A few blocks from Grand Central. They have a great little restaurant that serves great herring, Swedish meatballs and other delicacies. It also has 2 shops that sell fun Items from N Europe. They have concerts at Victor Borge hall that won’t mess up your budget and they are very family friendly like you would expect. It’s a beautiful bldg and very well thought out. Close to the UN and Embassy area on beautiful Park Avenue. One of my favorite places with my daughter and grandchildren. Whoever developed this site did a wonderful job.
  • Really cool little exhibition of Scandinavia tucked away in an unassuming storefront. You could easily walk by without realizing what's inside. Once you step in, you're greeted with an amazing typical Scandinavian architecture that's unrivaled by any other public display in the city. With a restaurant and art gallery on site. Make sure you check the hours for the art gallery as it is different than the restaurant.

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