Category Archives: politics

The woman behind Senator Knute Nelson

Photo: Leslee Lane Hoyum Ingebjørg Haldorsdatter Kvilekval will be immortalized forever along with her famous son, Knute Nelson.

Norwegian immigrant mother and son immortalized in bronze at Minnesota State Capitol Torbjørn Greipsland Askim, Norway There is a statue on the Minnesota State Capitol grounds depicting U.S. Senator Knute Nelson. His political power is instantly present, but most curious are two smaller sculptures flanking the prestigious Nelson image. One represents Nelson as a Civil War soldier, and ...

Not just a day off

Photo courtesy Larrie Wanberg. Northwood Cemetery, with flags flying.

Memorial Day is much more than just a long weekend Larrie Wanberg Feature Editor The day is indelible in my memory when, as a Boy Scout with a snare drum strapped to one leg and sounding the cadence, I lead of a hometown parade in 1944, marching just behind an aging four-member American Legion Honor Guard. The place was ...

Kings and things

Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Napoleon and Desiree’s part in Norway’s independence Judith Gabriel Vinje La Crescenta, Calif. Syttende Mai might be called the “king swapping” day, but throw in a famous courtesan turned queen and an even more famous jilted lover, and you’ve got... a famous movie, and the story of Norway’s independence. Until the late 800s, there was no single king in ...

A very close race

While a large number of Norwegians want Erna Solberg as the next Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg also has popular support Staff Compilation While it seems that most Norwegians trust Erna Solberg (Conservative Party) to be the next Prime Minister, confidence in Jens Stoltenberg (Labor Party) is also high, according to a new poll Ipsos MMI has published ...

Norway tops prosperity index

Press Release Legatum Institute The Legatum Institute named Norway as the most prosperous country in the world for 2012, followed by Denmark and Sweden respectively. The index is a unique annual assessment of global prosperity based on both material wealth and personal wellbeing. The Prosperity Index benchmarks countries in eight categories: Economy; Education; Entrepreneurship & Opportunity; Governance; Health; ...

On the Edge with Siv Jensen: Oil, employment and the Dutch disease

Siv Jensen, leader of the Progress Party. Photo courtesy of Stortinget.no.

The current Red / Green-government suffers wear, and shows signs of illness. Currently, the leader of the Socialist Left party, Mr. Audun Lysbakken, focuses on the “Dutch disease.” His view is that the Norwegian economy is at full throttle, and thus Norway needs to reduce petroleum-related activities, so that the workforce can shift to public ...

Join the conversation

Four translators who specialize in Norwegian – English translation work, from left: Irene Levin Berman, Erling Dugan, Tynlee Roberts and Vigdis Eriksen.

Four translators share their experiences of working in language as a profession By Christy Olsen Field Norwegian American Weekly In today’s increasingly globalized world, translators play an important role in technical and cultural communication. They move effortlessly from Norwegian to English (and often several other languages as well), keeping the lines of communication clear with clear, straightforward translations ...

We need the Swedes!

By Maalfrid Brath, Managing Director of ManpowerGroup If you’re in Norway and visiting a restaurant, hotel or kiosk, most likely you’ll meet a Swedish waiter, especially in Oslo and the other large cities. Swedes are a popular workforce in Norway, known widely for being service-minded, hard-working and loyal. This is not unlike Norwegian youth, but the latter ...

Norway’s national wealth: Transition from oil to knowledge

On the Edge – An opinion column about current issues in Norway By Siv Jensen, leader of the Progress Party Written exclusively for the Norwegian American Weekly Over the past seven years, Norway’s disability pensioners have increased by 228,279 people and added NOK 2 trillion more in the Oil Fund. Over 100,000 students have dropped out of ...

Complexities of sovereign debt

Interview with Pål Børresen, Senior Sovereign Debt Expert in the Division of Globalization and Development Strategies for UNCTAD By Marit Fosse Geneva, Switzerland In an office high up on the 10th floor of the E-building at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, hidden far away out of sight, you will find a group of four working on guidelines ...