Latest News from the Committee

It seems that many members have headed north for at least part of the southern winter and, as a result, there has been little activity at Nordic House.  Saturday afternoons have been increasingly well attended, but still the roster for host for
the afternoon remains surprisingly empty.

So many people indicated in their survey returns that each member or member family unit should do one roster per year, but still, few people are  putting their name down.   It requires little effort – open and lock the House, boil the urn and provide a cake for afternoon tea.  Other than that, enjoy the company and talk with old friends.  The Committee awaits the day when we see just one month with a full roster!!

We encourage all members to be at Nordic House on 12 September for the Association’s annual general meeting.  This year’s meeting will hold greater interest than normal when the results of the survey, seeking member feedback on the future of Nordic House, will be discussed.  Please attend to hear the results and contribute your opinion to the House’s future.

Another topic for discussion and decision will centre on the planning of the Association’s golden (50th) anniversary celebrations in 2016.  The Committee hopes to hold several celebratory events to mark this important milestone and values the  contributions and ideas from  our members.  Of course, there will be the need for  members to also contribute to make these events happen, but the efforts of groups of  members will make the load on individuals considerably less.  If you are unable to  attend, please complete the proxy voting form that accompanies this edition of  SCANPOST  and forward to a committee member for actioning.

We look forward to you joining us at the AGM next month.

With best regards
The Committee 

Annual General Meeting – Saturday 12 September

viking-shipThe Annual General Meeting of our Association will be held on Saturday 12 September at Nordic House commencing at 3.00 pm.  The meeting should last about 1½ hours.

Several members of the current Committee have indicated that, due to personal commitments, they may not be available for re-election in 2015/2016.

Nominations from other members for these positions will be vital if the Association is  to continue to function and provide services to its members.

The following documents relating to this year’s AGM will be either posted or emailed to members shortly:

  • the minutes from the 2014 AGM (Please bring these along on the day)
  • the agenda and proxy form for the 2015 AGM

A membership application/renewal form is included in your copy of SCANPOST.

To have voting rights, please ensure that your annual membership subscription is paid beforehand.  Payments can be accepted on the day, but please arrive a little earlier if you wish to do this.

Please come along to the meeting to discuss the results of the 2014 members’ survey,  catch up with friends and offer your help in the running of your Association in the coming year.

Membership Reminder

viking-shipIt’s that time of the year when the Association needs your financial support.

Annual membership fees are now due and to vote at the AGM in September, you must be a financial member of the Association.

For 2015-2016, fees will remain at:

  • single fee $30
  • single student/pensioner concession $25
  • family $50
  • family student/pensioner concession $40.

Prompt payment of your fees is always appreciated. A membership renewal form is found on page 10 of the latest edition of SCANPOST so please send your payment to the Membership Secretary, Rita Wilson, promptly.

From this year, members who receive SCANPOST electronically will have their memberships cards and receipts emailed. Other members will continue to receive their documents by post.

Sankt Hans Bonfire – 20 June 2015

skthansIt is time again for sending off the Scandinavian witches to Bloksbjerg.

Again this year, bring your picnic and come along to Nordic House on Saturday 20 June from 3.30pm for the Skt Hans bonfire . The hot dogs will be as good as ever, the gløgg as delicious as ever and all things, including the bonfire, will be on a smaller, more intimate scale.

Come and join in the lighting of a bonfirat dusk, sing the traditional songs to the sounds of Karen Margrethe’s piano accordion and have a splendid evening, as always, at one of the favourite social events hosted by the Association.

From the Committee

2015_06_11 From the CommitteeWe had a lovely Over 50s lunch on Friday 8 May with just over 20 people present. It is always  good to catch up with friends over a good lunch however we missed both Jostein and Maggie who have left Perth for Norway and Melbourne respectively. Thank you to Nina for organising the lunch and to everyone for bringing delicious food.

On 6 June, we celebrated the Nordic National days for Iceland, Sweden and Denmark, which all fall in June, by enjoying delicious cake and bleskiver.
Thanks to Rita for being host and also a thank you to those who have offered to host a roster at Nordic House on Saturday afternoon. It is much appreciated.

We still though have many Saturdays with spots to fill. Given that more than half of respondents to the recent Nordic House survey indicated that  they would be prepared to host an afternoon at Nordic House, it really is time that some of those people actually nominated to do so. Please email Marianne at attfield@iinet.net.au and indicate a time when you are available to be the host.

This year we will again send a small witch off to Bloksbjerg from Nordic
House on Saturday 20 June from 3.30 pm onwards. There will be hot dogs, gløgg and hot chocolate available to warm you should it be a cold day or just because you have been looking forward all year to this annual special treat. And Karen Margrethe will again be there to entertain us with the traditional St Hans music as the fire is lit. We look forward to seeing you there. Young and old are all welcome.

The next busy bee is coming up soon too, on Sunday 12 July at 9am. There are always jobs to do in and around Nordic House, so please come and help as some of the regular helpers won’t be able to attend this busy bee. Again survey respondents indicated an overwhelming support that members should help out occasionally at these busy bees so please put your words into action and come  along for a few hours on this day.

Please circle Saturday 12 September on your calendar and keep it free to attend the Association’s annual general meeting. It is vital that you, the members, attend this meeting to hear what is happening within the Association and to discuss the future directions the Association should take. Full details and documentation relating to the meeting will be sent to all members in early August.

We look forward to seeing you at some of our coming events and, as always,
appreciate any feedback you wish to share with one of your committee members.

With best regards
The Committee

Scandinavian Film Festival 2015 in Perth

After the stunning success of the debut Scandinavian Film Festival last year, the 2015 program, presented by Palace and screening exclusively at Cinema Paradiso in Northbridge between 23 July and 29 July 2015, will showcase the most exciting dramas, comedies and thrillers from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland.

The second Scandinavian Film Festival will open with the uproarious HERE IS HAROLD (Her er Harold), a Norwegian road movie, about a man who sets out to kidnap the founder of Ikea.  For over 40 years, Harold has been running a successful business, “Lunde Furniture”.  But this comes to an end when IKEA decides to open a new superstore right next door to his small furniture shop.  In mounting anger and desperation, Harold wants revenge.  He arms himself with a pistol and sets off for Älmhult, Sweden, in order to kidnap his Nemesis – the founder of IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad.  But unfortunately, Kamprad is quite happy to be kidnapped.

Having picked up Best Film, Actor, Actress, Director and seven more awards at the Edda (Icelandic Academy) Awards, unsparing Icelandic drama LIFE IN A FISH BOWL (Vonarstræti) tells three congruent tales of three people who have a lasting effect on one another.

This naturalistic portrait of everyday life in Reykjavik on the eve of the country’s 2008 economic meltdown touched a nerve on home turf, becoming one of the country’s biggest ever domestic hits.

Based on a series of Finnish radio plays,  THE GRUMP (Mielensäpahoittaja) is a broad satire from director Dome Karukoski who returns to the comedy-of-bad behaviour mode of his 2010 box office hit LAPLAND ODYSSEY.  The film tells the story of a set-in-his-ways, 80 year old farmer from rural Finland, who raises hell when he is forced to move in with his city-dwelling son.

A modern take on class conflict plays out in the critically acclaimed debut film UNDERDOG (Svenskjävel) by Swedish director Ronnie Sandahl.  The drama tells the story of 23 year old Dino (magnetic comedian Bianca Kronlöf) who dreams of a different life.  Like an abundance of Swedes her age, she has fled the mass unemployment of her home country in search of a more worthwhile existence in a nouveau-riche Oslo. But her new life is caught in destructive loop of temporary jobs, financial trouble and hard partying, until she lands a job as a housekeeper for a wealthy ex-sportsman, ending up in the centre of an odd love triangle, an unpredictable struggle for affection as well as dominance. UNDERDOG is a tender and raw story of privilege and longing, yet at the same time a humorous and unmerciful observation of the shifted power balance between Sweden and Norway.

Named by Variety as one of the “TOP 10 EUROPEANS TO WATCH”, Norwegian Writer/Actor/Director Ole Giæver brings us OUT OF NATURE (Mot nature), a commentary on middle-class life and the Norwegian penchant for idealizing nature. With a wry Scandinavian sense of humor, OUT OF NATURE is a sharp and compelling film about a put-upon salary man who seeks spiritual and sexual renewal in the great outdoors.

Danish thrillers once again take center stage with this taught sequel to smash hit THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES. In THE ABSENT ONE (Fasandræberne), a troubling affair involving a double murder of twin siblings is reopened by the Copenhagen cold-case division after the kids’ father commits suicide. The Nordic noir-style mystery that toggles between the past and the present as it uncovers what really happened in the 1990s at one of the country’s poshest boarding schools is the second adaptation of a Jussi Adler-Olsen novel in the Department Q series.

This film brings the entire behind-the-scenes team back together with director Mikkel Norgaard and lead actors Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Fares Fares.

From Sweden, YOUNG SOPHIE BELL (Unga Sophie Bell) is Amanda Adolfsson’s longed for debut feature, and the second film to come out of Stockholm Film Festival’s scholarship for female directors. In the drama, two university friends move to Berlin after graduating, but their dreams are shattered when one suddenly and mysteriously disappears.

For further details on the Festival, visit the Festival web site at www.scandinavianfilmfestival.com.

Dual citizenship available for Danes

Danish Australian FlagsThe Danish Parliament passed a bill on dual citizenship in December 2014. The new law will take effect on 1 September 2015, and from then on, Danish citizens may obtain Australian citizenship without losing their Danish citizenship. Furthermore, a lost Danish citizenship, due to the attainment of an Australian citizenship, can generally be regained within a 5-year period (until 2020).

The Danish Embassy advises, that persons wishing to obtain dual citizenship, await the deadline of 1 September 2015, before an application is lodged, since the current law is still in effect until then. The State Administration in Copenhagen (Statsforvaltningen) will be the responsible authority for handling applications for Danish citizenship under the new law.

The new law does not change the current regulation for Danish children born abroad. Children born and living outside

Denmark still lose their Danish citizenship at the age of 22 unless retention is applied for, and approved by, the Danish Ministry of Justice. Therefore, these children should still apply to the Danish Ministry of Justice for retention of their Danish citizenship well before the age of 22.

For further information, please refer to the Danish Embassy’s webpage, which will be updated as soon as new information is available: http://australien.um.dk/da/rejse-og-ophold/dokumenter-og-gebyrer/dobbelt- statsborgerskab/ (Danish) http://australien.um.dk/en/travel-and- residence/documents-and-fees/danish- citizenship/ (English)

From the Royal Danish Embassy, Canberra

Free Come and Try Nordic Sports Day

Nordic Sports Australia is having a Nordic sports day where anyone can come along and try various Nordic sports for free and find out more about available courses in Perth. Activities will be held at two venues in South Perth on Saturday 9 May between 11am and 2pm:

  • Sir James Mitchell Park, South Perth
  • Scented Gardens, South Perth Esplanade

Nordic Sports Australia is Perth’s largest Nordic walking business with four weekly walks Perth-wide. They also offer roller ski and cross skating courses and tours. Many of their regular walkers are from Scandinavian or European  backgrounds and they look forward to connecting with more like-minded people in WA. Some of their walks are free Heart Foundation walking groups and they also offer a weekly Seniors specific walk in East Perth.

For more information regarding venue and meeting times, please check out www.nordicsportsaustralia.com.au or contact Hannes on 0411 551 132 or by email: nordicsportsaustralia@gmail.com

Nordic House News

  • Anni Summertonsix has contacted the Association looking for some
    friends she lost contact with many years ago.

    Ditte (Edith) Larsen, her husband Harry and children Edward, Ove, Inger, Tony, Mugh younger, Ulla and Merete used to live in South Australia, but Anni lost contact with them in 1973. She has tried  everywhere to find them.

    If the Larsens have been members of our Association or anyone knows of them, would you please contact Anni direct by email to annigsummerton@gmail.com or let the SCANPOST editor know at nawilson@cygnus.uwa.edu.au

  • The Over 50s Lunch will be held on 8 May at Nordic House at 12 noon. It will again be Bring a Plate format, but this time, please bring a Norwegian dish to celebrate the coming national day. Cost for lunch will be $12 if you bring some food and $20 if you don’t. Please book with Nina Herrero on 9245 8768, 0414 109 939 or by email to ninahkimba@gmail.com Any donations for the raffle will be greatly appreciated.