Lively hour-long presentations on a variety of Nordic subjects. 


Organized by Nordic Northwest’s Friday Night Lecture Series Committee

All Friday Night Lecture Series is at 7:30pm, in person at Nordia House and streamed live on Nordic Northwest’s YouTube channel. Sign up for either an in-person presentation or join us online! Small receptions and shows of additional materials will accompany some talks. The exhibit hall is open during the presentations for you in person viewing pleasure.

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The Nordics and NATO - New Strategic Choices

October 7, 2022, 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Doors Open at 7:15 PM

Nordia House




Finland and Sweden have applied for NATO membership following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The talk examines likely reasons that led to the decision through press articles from major newspapers with the aim to look back at a timeline of events and increasing geopolitical tensions that led Finland and Sweden to abandon years of military non-alignment.

More About Veikko Valli

Veikko Valli is the Honorary Consul for Finland in Oregon. With a background in the finance industry and an M.Sc. (Economics) degree from the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki, Mr Valli has worked at investment banks or institutional investors in Helsinki, San Francisco and London. He is currently the co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of Snowstorm Capital focused on a trading strategy forecasting unexpected surprises in European equities. He is native to Finland and has resided in Portland, Oregon since 2015.

In addition to having followed the discussion in the media, Mr. Valli has attended meetings with many of the highest political decision makers in Finland and been briefed by key civil servants. He has also completed a one-year conscription service in the Finnish Defence Forces and is a Second Lieutenant in the reserve. Mr. Valli is fluent in both Finnish and Swedish and has followed the discussion around NATO in both countries.


Request a list of our selected recorded lectures (1999-2019) available for loan for NNW members, or view a list of archived lectures and other educational films here.