Monthly Archives: December 2019

Longyearbyen Fast Facts

Did you know that the world’s northernmost town is in Norway? Perched high above the Arctic Circle on Spitsbergen island lies the polar village of Longyearbyen. It’s inhabited by approximately 2,000 residents from 50 countries.

By |December 31st, 2019|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Ways to Practice Norsk

Snakker du litt norsk? If you are looking to learn the basics of Norwegian, Sons of Norway’s online language lessons get you going with 37 installments, including how to pronounce a few julesanger (Christmas carols - Lesson 26) and how to decipher a Norwegian cake recipe (Lesson 28).

By |December 15th, 2019|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Norway’s Julehefte Tradition

Classic Norwegian Christmas traditions include decorating the tree, baking cookies, visiting family—and sitting by the fire with a big stack of comic books. For two centuries, Norway has had a tradition of releasing julehefter, or Christmas booklets, in late November.

By |December 13th, 2019|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Norwegian Folk Music in Pop Music

Throughout the last two centuries, Norwegians have taken great pride in their heritage. In fact, Norway has created a patriotic identity that encompasses its values, customs and traditions. However, this has not always been the case; leading up to the 19th century, there was much discontent regarding Norway’s independence.

By |December 13th, 2019|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Sámi Culture Represented in Frozen 2

After a debate on social media about how the Sámi culture was represented in the 2013 box office hit movie “Frozen,” Disney took the time to address the audience’s concerns and looked to the experts. The animators collaborated with a group of Sámi people to get their input on the film.

By |December 13th, 2019|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

It’s Good to Have Friends—the Norwegian-American Security Relationship

If you were to google “U.S. military and Norway,” the top video result would be footage of very cold and wet U.S. Marines struggling to clamber out of a hole in the ice on a frozen lake. It can be entertaining. But more important, it is an example of the excellent Norwegian–American security relationship and the close partnership between democracies on both sides of the North Atlantic.

By |December 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

Important Reminder

Paper membership applications that arrive at Sons of Norway Headquarters by December 16, 2019 are guaranteed to be processed in time to count toward the year end totals for 2019. These totals are used to determine lodge recruitment contest numbers and delegate counts for the 2020 district conventions.

By |December 5th, 2019|Categories: 2019, Resource Blog|0 Comments