Category Archives: Culture

Norwegian comfort food in the heart of Brooklyn

Photo: Arlene Bakke Nordic Deli on the 17th of May. The store is a great place to watch the parade from.

Nordic Deli is a delicious bite of Norway Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. It is fitting that Nordic Deli is the star of the film “Lapskaus Boulevard,” a documentary by Director Marianne Kleven, and not only because the title is a Norwegian dish. Kleven choose to feature Nordic Deli in her film for a very specific reason. While she ...

Brooklyn Lodge’s 90th birthday

Photo: Ester Hall Brooklyn Lodge’s president of 12 years, Sigrun DiRienzi, and incoming president Corinne Hall cut the birthday cake.

After almost a century, Brooklyn’s Sons of Norway Lodge is not only surviving but thriving Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. On Saturday, April 26th Brooklyn Lodge celebrated its 90th Anniversary at Sporting Club Gjoa in Brooklyn. Besides the Brooklyn Lodge members and friends, about 60 others came out to wish them well, with a good representation from many Sons ...

On paragraph 2: a speech for the centennial

Photo courtesy of Irene Levin Berman The program from the centennial Syttende Mai celebration in Rjukan.

Irene Levin Berman Bloomfield, Conn. I am assuming that most of you are familiar with Norway’s beloved and highly respected poet, Henrik Wergeland, and that he was the person who declared the May 17th celebration primarily a celebration in honor of children of all ages. He also wrote the text to a song which is called “The ...

Who is the most important Norwegian?

Photo: Wikimedia Commons Despite the man’s unparalleled facial hair, most Norwegians disagree that Henrik Ibsen was the most important Norwegian of the last two centuries.

When VG set out to choose the most important Norwegians in modern history, the readers’ list revealed the many different ways to define importance Molly Andrus Norwegian American Weekly In celebration of the bicentennial of Norway’s constitution, Norwegian newspaper VG has chosen the 100 most important Norwegians of the last 200 years. Originally published on February 16, the list ...

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 ...