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The Scandinavian Charitable Society believes that the Living Center and the Cultural Center complement each other through mutually supportive activities while sharing space. The Society, through the Cultural Center, is committed to positioning itself as the premiere hub for Nordic cultural activities in New England by sharing important elements of Scandinavian culture with the wider community.

The second goal of the Scandinavian Cultural Center is to be a location for and source of enriching and thought-provoking events for residents of Newton and greater Boston. These goals are achieved through collaborations with other organizations, and through the Cultural Center’s own programs.


It is the Scandinavian Cultural Center’s vision to be the regional conduit for Nordic culture, offering engaging programs to increasing culturally diverse audiences, leading to financial self-sustainability.

The Nordic Hall

The Nordic Hall at the Scandinavian Living Center is the primary performance and exhibition space for the Cultural Center. Inspired by the aesthetic of Swedish painter Carl Larsson, the hall was designed by CBT Architects and opened in the autumn of 2001, it is a beautiful, airy hall ideal for art exhibitions or installations as well as performances and lectures. The hall is equipped with a state-of-the-art audio-visual system and projection screen, and accommodates an audience of 100.

The Scandinavian Library

The Scandinavian Library was founded in 1994 to be a meeting place for people from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland in the greater Boston area.

The Scandinavian Library is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization managed entirely by volunteers, including a steering committee made up of representatives from the five Nordic countries.

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The Kaffestugan coffee shop is open during Scandinavian Library hours. Here you can enjoy a cup of coffee and special Scandinavian treats while reading newspapers and magazines, or catching up with friends.

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