Oregon Consular Corps


Les Swanson


Honorary Consul


900 SW 83rd Ave.
Portland, OR 97225



 Les Swanson has served as Honorary Consul for Iceland in Oregon and SW Washington since 2001.  He represents Iceland’s interests in tourism, culture, education, and trade.  Icelandic citizens can vote in Icelandic elections, by appointment, at the Consulate located at 900 SW 83rd Ave., Portland, OR 97225, tel. no. 503 228 1838.  An emergency passport can be issued to an Icelandic citizen when circumstances warrant it.  Visas to Iceland are handled by VFS Global in San Francisco, CA at 347-329-2738 or by the Embassy of Iceland in Washington, D.C., at tel. no. 202 265 6653.  Permanent passports are issued in Iceland or through the Embassy of Iceland.

Mr. Swanson holds a B.A. degree in philosophy from Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, a M.A. degree in philosophy from the Claremont Graduate University, and a J.D. degree from the University of Oregon School of Law.  He was admitted to the Oregon Bar in 1966.  His law practice has been primarily trial work representing plaintiffs in product liability, medical malpractice, and civil rights cases, governments in eminent domain cases, defendant governments and businesses in civil cases, and defendant lawyers in legal malpractice cases.  He has been a visiting professor of constitutional law and legal philosophy at the University of Oregon School of Law and has been an adjunct professor and professor of humanities in the Masters’ Degree Program in Conflict Resolution and an adjunct professor in the philosophy department, at Portland State University.

He has lectured on Icelandic history, politics, economy, and literature at Portland State University and most recently lectured there and at Nordia  House in SW Portland on the Swedish diplomat, Raoul Wallenberg, who is credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews in Hungary before the end of World War Two, and on Swedish Immigration in Oregon.  He has also coached Franklin High School students for nine years on the history and philosophy leading to the U.S. Constitution.  He is the grandson of Swedish immigrants on his paternal side and a descendant of British immigrants to America in the eighteenth century on his maternal side.

He has served as a board member and officer of the Eugene Symphony, the Eugene Ballet Company, the Portland Baroque Orchestra (President), the Portland City Club, and as board member and State Chairman of the Oregon ACLU. 

Mr. Swanson has served as Dean, Secretary, and Treasurer in the Oregon Consular Corps and chaired the Scholarship Committee for ten years.  He served as an Oregon Arts Commissioner from 1979 to 1982, on the State Board of Higher Education from1989 to 1997 (two years as President) and has chaired numerous Oregon State Bar Committees and Sections.  In 1969 he was a volunteer lawyer in Jackson, Mississippi for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under Law.


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