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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.

Natural Disaster in Norway Causes a Big Sigh of Relief

For over five years, residents of the Rauma Valley in Norway have nervously awaited the collapse of an unstable section of mountain known as Veslemannen (Little Man). On the evening of September 5, their nightmare turned into a happy dream come true.

November 16th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Norway’s First Biosphere Reserve

Encompassing the coastal landscape between Bergen and Sognefjorden, Nordhordland became Norway’s first biosphere reserve earlier this year. Read about it in the November issue of Viking. Here, we highlight more fun facts about Nordhordland.

November 15th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

The Arctic–A Frozen Region Warms Up

This November, millions of families will visit an Arctic fairytale land when Disney’s “Frozen 2” opens in movie theaters across the United States. With its snow-covered mountains, fjords, trolls and reindeer, the movie will surely remind many Norwegian-Americans of their ancestral homeland.

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

The Wonderful World of Nordic Books

Are you looking for some new books to read this fall and winter? Check out the November issue of Viking magazine, which features 15 books by Scandinavian authors to cozy up with this season. Here are three more recommendations.

November 6th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

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|
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