Blog

The mission of Sons of Norway is to promote and to preserve the heritage and culture of Norway, to celebrate our relationship with other Nordic countries, and provide quality insurance and financial products to our members.

Norway’s Native Dogs

Do you know what dog breeds are most popular in Norway? Check out page 9 in the October issue of Viking magazine. Read on for more about Norway’s native dog breeds.

October 15th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Foundation Leader Wanted

The Leader of the Sons of Norway Foundation is responsible for the overall strategic planning, fundraising, foundation giving, revenue generation and financial management.

October 15th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

An interview with Linda Pederson

Fraternal Director Linda Pederson recently left Sons of Norway to move back to her hometown, Ålesund. Here’s a look back at her time with Sons of Norway, and what she’s up to now. How many years did you work with Sons of Norway and in which roles?

October 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Toward a Green Transition

When I was growing up, Norway wasn’t the rich, oil-producing, technologically advanced country that you see today. The last import restrictions on cars weren’t lifted until 1960. Telephone coverage was spotty: If you wanted a phone in your house, you might have to wait up to two years for a technician to come install one.

October 3rd, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

All About the Vikings

In honor of Leif Erikson Day on Oct. 9, the October issue of Viking includes an article highlighting must-know facts about the Vikings. These Scandinavian explorers, traders, farmers and warriors settled across Europe and North America during the Viking Age. They conquered new lands and created a well-ordered society rich in culture and art. Here are five more facts to know about the Vikings.

October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Work Shirt Revival

In the September issue of Viking, we put Norway’s fashion foot forward, describing how clean aesthetics, quality, sustainability and innovative design are all valued when it comes to the nation’s style scene. And while the feature focused on designers specifically in Norway, there’s a Norwegian designer bringing a bit of Scandinavia to the States: Hovden Formal Farm Wear.

September 20th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Bumbling Viking Parody Takes Netflix by Storm

Another Norwegian TV series has broken into the North American market to satisfy the public’s fascination with the Viking age. Set in 790 A.D. in the settlement of Norheim, Norsemen is a spoof on ancient Viking life with a twist.

September 13th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Celebrating Two New Lodges

The first new Sons of Norway lodge to launch in eight years, Viking Mountain Lodge 3-690 is located near Sherman, Pennsylvania. Their meeting place is Land of the Vikings (LOV), the District 3 recreational center set on 150 acres of wooded hills and surrounded by 5,000 acres of state game land.

September 12th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Life Insurance Awareness Month

According to the 2018 Insurance Barometer Study (Life Happens/LIMRA), 84 percent of adults believe most people need life insurance . . . yet only 59 percent say they have it themselves. So why are so many people underinsured? It’s often due to misconceptions about life insurance.

September 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Winter Apple Layer Cake

Looking for some hearty and comforting recipes to make this season? In the September issue of Viking, Scandinavian chef Trine Hahnemann shares recipes from her book, “Scandinavian Comfort Food: Embracing the Art of Hygge.”

September 3rd, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Ment Designs Tableware for Under Restaurant

The August issue of Viking magazine celebrates some of Norway’s most innovative people, companies and ideas, including Oslo Airport City and Europe’s first underwater restaurant. Another noteworthy company is Ment...

August 16th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Tips for Solo Travel in Norway

Traveling solo can seem daunting at first, but those who do so often find they enjoy or even prefer its many rewarding benefits. Not only do you eliminate the cost of a second traveler, but you also get to choose your preferred destinations and set your own schedule.

August 13th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Newly Released Translations of Norwegian Books

Gone are the days when you’d have to buy a plane ticket or take language lessons to read recent books by Norwegian authors. Titles from many genres are being translated into English and brought to the North American market. Here are a few 2019 releases that are now available in the US and Canada...

August 12th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Two women. One hut. Nine months.

Sunniva Sorby and Hilde Fålun Strøm are two women who have taken climate change to heart and are embarking on a nine-month venture, Hearts in the Ice, to survey rapid climate change escalation in Svalbard, Norway.

August 10th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Why My Three Daughters Have Life Insurance

When my children were born, the last thing I wanted to think about was the possibility that I might outlive these beautiful treasures. I was so caught up in the awe of being a parent to these healthy little dears that, for years, I thought only about the bright and wonderful futures each of them would have.

August 9th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Simplifying Our Dues Structure

I enjoy talking to prospective members about the many benefits of belonging to Sons of Norway. We have so much to offer, including gathering with others to celebrate Norwegian heritage and culture, participating in the cultural skills and sports medal programs, enjoying Viking magazine and opportunities to make our communities better through volunteer service.

August 5th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

More on Thor Heyerdahl

Ethnographer, experimental archaeologist and author Thor Heyerdahl sailed into history with his many discoveries and excavations. The August issue of Viking highlights several of his expeditions, from the revelations of the lava tuff moai on Easter Island to the fiery conclusion of the Tigris.

August 1st, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Social Welfare Services—A Good Investment

Every now and then I meet people who ask me about the level of social welfare services available in Norway. Many are impressed by the coverage, which includes health care benefits for everyone, one year of parental leave, unemployment benefits and a minimum retirement payment—even for people who have never worked.

July 25th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Step Up Your Cultural Skills Game

Want to feel more connected to your heritage while having fun? Members who participate in the Sons of Norway Cultural Skills Program tell us that they feel engaged and energized. Here are a few ideas to get you going.

July 15th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Beach Fun in Lofoten

Ready for a beach vacation? Make sure Norway on your list! As mentioned in the July issue of Viking, Norway is brimming with beautiful beaches. In fact, it’s home to the second longest shoreline in the world and 239,057 islands.

July 15th, 2019|Categories: Blog|