July 14, 2017

The Great Expeditions of Roald Amundsen

Born on July 16, 1872, Roald Amundsen would become one of the larger than life figures from the Golden Age of Arctic Exploration, a time when the exploits of brave adventurers made headlines vying to be the first to reach the North and South Poles. These explorers captivated the globe. Because of his numerous accomplishments and the mystery surrounding his death, Amundsen has become a legendary figure amongst Norway’s many iconic explorers. 

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July 13, 2017

Norway Tackles Climate Change Issue Head-On

Did you know that buildings account for 40 percent of energy consumption and 40 percent of CO2 emissions worldwide? This revealing statistic helps shed light on what continues to fuel climate change—an undoubted environmental challenge around the world.

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July 12, 2017

16 year-old Norwegian is youngest person to run a sub-4 minute mile

Sixteen-year-old Jakob Ingebrigtsen may not yet be a household name, but he’s being called “the next Sonja Henie” for his prodigious athletic skills at a young age. At the International Mile race/Prefontaine Classic event held recently in Eugene, Oregon, Jakob set a new world record as the youngest person to run a mile in under four minutes. 

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July 10, 2017

The Bachelorette, with Norwegian Flair

Oslo was recently the backdrop for an episode of ABC’s “The Bachelorette.” The hit TV show has also been a popular series in Norway.

 

This year marks the fifteenth anniversary of premiere of The Bachelorette, in which a group of men vie for the interest of a single, eligible woman. Sometimes the show is shot on location in romantic international settings, and in June, the contestants landed in Oslo for secret shoot.

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July 4, 2017

Summer Sippers

If you’re looking for some great drink recipes for summer entertaining, check out the July issue of Viking magazine. The five recipes featured are made with homemade syrups infused with fresh fruit and herbs, also known as saft in Scandinavia. 

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June 28, 2017

Happy Birthday Queen Sonja

While we in the United States are celebrating our country’s Independence Day, Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway will be recognizing a different milestone—her eightieth birthday.

 

Their Majesties the King and Queen will spend part of the day unveiling the Queen Sonja Art Hall. The latest in a series of festivities to mark the 80th birthdays of the monarchs, the new hall was a gift to Sonja and is a public venue for arts and culture on the grounds of the Palace Park. 

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June 15, 2017

Celebrating Edvard Grieg

Happy birthday, Edvard Grieg! On this date in 1843, Norway’s most famous composer was born in Bergen. In addition to achieving great notoriety for his musical compositions, Grieg is also credited with giving Norwegians a sense of national identity during the union with Sweden. Today his legacy lives on not only through his compositions, but also through several performing art centers and schools named in his honor. 

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June 9, 2017

Friluftsliv and Fitness

This Saturday, June 10, is the 10th annual National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day), which encourages healthy, active outdoor fun. What better way to take part in the spirit of the day than to embrace the Norwegian tradition of friluftsliv! Just what is friluftsliv? It is a uniquely Norwegian concept that celebrates outdoor life and recreation.

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June 8, 2017

Food Tour Highlights Bergen’s Culinary Flair

Canadian entrepreneur Cheyanne Smart founded a tour company in Bergen to showcase the culinary delights of Norway’s second-largest city. Smart experienced a tasting tour in Stockholm and thought that her adopted hometown would be a great location to launch her own food tourism company.

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June 7, 2017

Norway’s Flag: Then and Now

June 7th marks the anniversary of the dissolution of the United Kingdoms of Sweden and Norway, paving the way to the independent Norway we know today. Along with independence, the break with Sweden also gave Norway its official flag which still flies to this day. Today, June 7th is one of sixteen official flag days, where all Norwegians are encouraged to raise the national flag.

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