Category Archives: Culture

From ancient spring ritual to crime story mania

Photo: Janne Karaste / Wikimedia Commons Back when Easter was Eostre, bonfires were a common ritual marking the return of the sun in spring.

Celebrating the beginning of spring may be among the oldest holidays in human culture Judith Gabriel Vinje Los Angeles Easter is known as Påske in Norway. The Easter Bunny is Påskeharen. Easter Eve is Påskeaften. Daffodils that bloom during the spring are known as Påskeliljer, one of the main symbols for Easter in Norway. Publishers churn out series of ...

A brief history of the Kvikk Lunsj phenomenon

Photo: Photo: Heidi Håvan Grosh Kvikk Lunsj and oranges are essentials for an Easter holiday in Norway

Heidi Håvan Grosch For many of us our Easter tradition includes sitting down to a big Easter dinner with the extended family. Perhaps there is an Easter egg hunt, deviled eggs or ham are served, and as per usual with such gatherings, you probably eat too much. Norwegians’ traditional family Easter gathering is a bit different. ...

Choose your Easter Thriller!

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A guide to Norwegian crime and mystery authors to help you celebrate properly Christine Foster Meloni Washington, D.C. Norwegians will be on holiday from Holy Thursday through Easter Monday and almost everyone will be reading a crime novel. If you would like to adopt this tradition, here are some suggestions for your reading material. Thanks to the huge success ...

Bird feeder “reality show” a hit for NRK

Photo courtesy of NRK.no Birds hang out at this bird feeder modeled after a hip Oslo cafe.

Slow TV brings a bird feeder designed as a coffee shop to three month live stream Denise Leland Norwegian American Weekly With reality shows being all the rage these days, it’s no surprise that the TV spotlight is getting increasingly bizarre and unconventional. From the Kardashians to Duck Dynasty, the focus of these shows is commonly put on ...

Smartphones add a new twist to travel

Photo: Phil Campbell / Flickr Does it seem like people are on their phones all the time? Smartphones are an invaluable resource for travelers, letting tourists research hotels, restaurants, and attractions.

An increasing number of foreign tourists are planning their entire trips, all the way down to their menu choices, using smartphone apps that access online reviews Larrie Wanberg Features Editor Sipping coffee at a sidewalk café at Olsen’s Danish Village Bakery and Coffee Shop in Solvang, California is an ideal place to observe tourists that line the streets ...

Theodora Cormontan, forgotten composer

Photo: courtesy of Nancy Clasen, great-great-granddaughter of Theodora

A Minnesota couple discovered this little-known Norwegian composer in a box of discarded music, but they’re bringing her works to life Roy Jorgensen Hopewell Junction, N.Y. In May of 2011 Bonnie Jorgensen, a professional pianist, ran into some friends in a grocery store in St. Peter, Minnesota. They offered Bonnie some boxes of music that had been in ...

East of the Sun and West of the Moon

Photo courtesy of the Looking Glass Theatre To save her father and mother, a young daughter makes a promise to live with a beastly bear, whose palace is secretly filled with nasty, bumbling trolls. East of the Sun and West of the Moon, based on a Scandinavian folk tale, is on now at the Looking Glass Theatre.

Looking Glass Theatre’s Norwegian folk tale turned play delights audiences of all ages in Brooklyn Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. Perhaps you have seen the iconic Norwegian image of a beautiful young girl, hair cascading over her shoulders, riding a polar bear. Perhaps you did not know the genesis of this image; for it serves as a popular illustration ...

Car travel: off the beaten path

Photo: Heidi Håvan Grosch Gamle Stryn Mountain Road

Heidi Håvan Grosch Renting a car and driving your way around Norway is a wonderful option as you can explore areas off the beaten path. As many of Norway’s especially scenic roads are classified as National Tourist Roads , it makes them easier to discover. Often just a short detour from the main highway or an ...

Crowdfunding inventor is at it again

Photo courtesy of Mark Tapio Kines The team of Dial 9 so far: from left, Mark Tapio Kines, writer and director; Meta Valentic, producer; Scott Spears, director of photography; Christopher Farrell, composer; and William Lebeda, titles designer and visual effects supervisor.

Chrissy Hettich Norwegian American Weekly Norwegian-American filmmaker searches for backers for feature film “Dial 9 to Get Out” Before technology had today’s capabilities, leaders of various artistic projects had to find their own way to fund their projects if they happened to run out of money. Filmmakers, founders of businesses, and the like can now thank Mark Tapio ...

Discovering the New Nordic in South America

Christy and Carl enjoy the sunshine and free wi-fi at Olsen restaurant in Buenos Aires.

Christy Olsen Field Seattle, Wash. If James Bond lived in Buenos Aires, Olsen would surely be his favorite haunt. This line sealed the deal for me. I came across the review of the restaurant Olsen in Buenos Aires while planning a two-week winter getaway to Argentina with my husband Carl in February. I find Nordic connections everywhere I go, ...