Find the Swedes

There are actually thousands of Swedes living in Toronto and probably many more across Canada! How do you spot one? No, they’re not all blond with blue eyes. Swedish women tend to dye their hair often :-). However I can usually spot one by the way they dress (call it my sixth Swedish sense!). There’s something really stylish about them. Anyhow, they are actually pretty hard to spot since they assimilate well in Canada.

But, here’s a list of organizations and groups that will help you mix and mingle with this Nordic bunch.

Embassy of Sweden Ottawa
Of course, the embassy is the first stop in getting information about immigrating to Sweden or Swedish connections in Canada.

Swedish Consulate in Toronto
Honorary Consul: Mr. Lars Henriksson
Assistant: Ms. Helene Olsen
Consulate of Sweden
2 Bloor Street West
Suite 2109
Toronto, ON M4W 3E2
Phone: +1 (416) 963-8768
Fax: +1 (416) 923-8809
Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 – 11:00 am
Tuesday and Thursday 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

SWEA Toronto
The Swedish Women’s Educational Association of Toronto, a big women’s group who put on the famous SWEA Christmas Festival at the Harbourfront every year. You must be a Swedish-speaking female to join. Their main purpose is to provide educational exchanges to Sweden and support Swedish women around the world. they have various activities such as book clubs, stitching get-togethers and dinner meetings. I’m a member of this org and think it’s a great way to connect with other Swedish women and their families.

Swedish Trade Council
A Swedish government-supported group that promotes Swedish trade and commerce in Canada. They provide support and research to Canadian businesses that want to do business with Sweden. This is a great resource for those needing to get in contact with Swedish businesses in Canada.

Swedish Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Same as the Swedish Trade Council, but more focused on existing Swedish businesses in Canada.

Swedish Church (Svenska Kyrkan)
Located on Yonge and York Mills, the Swedish Church shares its locale with the Finnish Church. They have various activities throughout the year, such as Easter Mass and Easter Lunch and have a Swedish Sing-A-Long Playgroup every Thursday at 1pm.

Svenska Nätverket i Toronto
This is a group started by Ylva Dahl to provide a informal social network to those outside the above groups. They organize primarily Pub Nights and have an active Facebook page where members engage in helpful Swedish tips and happenings around Toronto. By invitation only, so you would either need to contact me or someone in the group to get into the Facebook Group.

The Swedish School
of Toronto
of Halton (in Oakville, west of Toronto)
There are multiple locations where children ages 5 and up can learn Swedish and play with other Swedish kids in town. They usually have classes only on the weekend.

The Scandinavian Canadian Club
This older organization encompasses not just the Swedes, but Finns, Norwegians, Danes and the Icelandic folks whom have inhabited Toronto and surrounding areas for decades. For your membership, they offer Bridge and movie nights, a monthly newsletter and a clubhouse (91 Stormont Ave, Toronto, ON) and rooms for rent in their clubhouse. For more information about membership, please contact Kristin Lyssand. For information about the clubhouse and rooms for rent, please contact Thor Eklund.

The Toronto Swedish Folk Dancers and Singers
This group strives to preserve and enhance the rich traditions of Swedish folkdance and music. They perform at various events and concerts in their traditional provincial costumes. If you’re interested in seeing any of their events, visit their site!

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4 Comments on “Find the Swedes”

  1. November 29, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

    I am living in downtown Toronto and was hoping to buy Swedish Christmas card. I dont know where to begin looking. I believe i missed Harbourfront festival email me if you can direct me please and thank you. It would mean so much to the recipient as they use to live there .

    • December 1, 2014 at 11:20 am #

      They may have a few Swedish Christmas cards left at Beaches Bakeshop on 900 Kingston Rd., Toronto, but otherwise you will have to order them online.

      • December 5, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

        Thank you Myleen. I ill go to Kingston rd. Do you know the other main intersection ? I take public transit. Thank you

      • December 5, 2014 at 10:01 pm #

        If you are referring to Beaches Bakeshop, it’s on 900 Kingston Rd close to Victoria Park Place. If you look at TTC’s website ( you can find a street car that goes directly there. Good luck!

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