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The Canadian Nordic Society celebrates the links and common interests between Canada and the Nordic countries: Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. Our members experience the culture of the Nordic countries and learn about their economic, social, political, and physical landscapes through an exciting program of speakers, social events, and celebrations. Our speaker series has featured eminent Canadians and visitors including ambassadors, explorers, scientists, academics, film directors, former Prime Ministers, and well-known authors.

The Canadian Nordic Society is based in Canada’s National Capital Region. We encourage everyone with an interest in the Nordic countries to apply for membership in the Canadian Nordic Society. Our membership is made up of both Canadians and non-Canadians. The serving ambassador of each Nordic country is an Honorary Member.

We are proud of our long history. The Canadian Nordic Society was established in 1963. Our founding president, the late Dan Harris, was presented with the Order of the Northern Star by Prince Bertil of Sweden, in recognition of his services in promoting Sweden in Canada.

Many of you may have heard about the case of Petter Blindheim, a decorated veteran of the Royal Norwegian Navy who has been refused admission to a veterans’ hospital where he would like to spend his final days. An article regarding his situation has been posted on our Facebook page

We were dismayed by some statements made about Norway's status and participation in the war effort, and believe that Mr. Blindheim has received shabby treatment from Veterans Affairs Canada. In our opinion, Veterans Affairs should allow him to stay in the facility to which he is now seeking admission.

We have contacted his son to determine if we could assist in any way and he has encouraged us to express our concern to the Minister of Veterans Affairs. On Friday, June 10, we sent the attached letter to the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs. If any of you feel inclined to contact the Minister yourselves, you can reach him by email at

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The Canadian Nordic Society continues to explore new themes and topics of interest in this ever-changing world, where the Nordic countries frequently offer unique and innovative approaches to dealing with issues that affect us all.

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240 Sparks Street
Box 55023
Ottawa, ON
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