Sons of Norway 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.

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|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|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|Blog|

New From Sons of Norway! Our Online Store and Digital Party Box

We have two exciting announcements to share: Our new online store is up and running, and our new digital party box is available for download! Online store In honor of our upcoming 125th anniversary on January 16, 2020, we have launched an online store featuring a variety of Sons of Norway branded items including shirts, backpacks, socks and a collectible 125th anniversary pin. Also available from the online store [...]

September 10th, 2019|Blog|

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|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|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|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|Blog|

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|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|Blog|

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|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|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|Blog|