The club is a social
organization. The general membership meets monthly from September through May. Meetings
include a hosted or potluck meal with occasional after-dinner activities that have
included viewing Finnish films, special guest speakers and demonstrations.
Annual events include the New Year "Uuden Vuoden Tinan
Valu" lead pouring, "Urhonpäivä" St Urho's Day, Mad Hatter Party, May 1st Celebration
"Vapunpäivä", Midsummer Picnic "Juhannusjuhla" and Christmas Party
The club has hosted special dinners or receptions for various
Finnish dignitaries which have included Finland's Consulate General and the Ambassador to
Finland; Finnish artists, sculptors, musicians and dance groups; and national sports teams
in hockey, Nordic skiing; and numerous private visitors from Finland.
Brief Club History
The Anchorage Suomi-Finland
Club is one of the oldest ethnic organizations in the State of Alaska. Established in 1920
as a social and dance club for Finnish people to gather dance and have the opportunity to
speak their native language,
The first hall (building) of the club was build in 1923.
Located at Anchorage 5th avenue and Cordova street, which was expanded 1950's and again in
the 1960's as the organization grew. The current clubhouse, Finlandia Hall, located in
South Anchorage was completed in 1987. The building was designed to resemble a
"town-hall-like" building like those found in rural Finland.
Current members include people who where born in Finland,
people of Finnish descent, people who have lived in Finland, those that are "Finnish
by marriage" and people who have a strong interest in Finland, the culture and
language. There are even families that have three generations of members.
The Anchorage-Suomi Finland
Club's facility is available to the general public to rent for parties, receptions,
weddings, meetings, seminars and classes.
The main meeting room is 1240 square feet with an occupancy
rating for 107 people. This facility is handicapped accessible and has a commercial rated
For more rental information and rates please
For membership and meeting information:
Call Nancy 907 274-4644
Anchorage Suomi-Finland Club
PO BOX 91215
8225 Spring Street
Anchorage, AK 99509