Category: Features

Two marzipan pigs.

Marzipan pigs, a Christmas tradition

Heidi Håvan Grosch Sparbu, Norway Playing with marzipan is like playing with play dough… except you can eat it! In Norway it is used to cover cakes, often cakes filled with cream. Yum! It...

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2017 Gift Guide

Our Gift Guide has ideas for everyone on your list, including… The Norski who has everything A) God Jul Bunting by Nordic Inspirations. Welcome friends and relatives to your Christmas celebration with this unique...

Best hamburger on earth—in Norway?

Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. Each year the four-day American Festival Extravaganza is held in Vanse, Norway, during the last week in June. As part of the event, it hosts a cooking contest, judged for...

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Norway: one country, many languages

Heidi Håvan Grosch Sparbu, Norway World Children’s Day, or Barnas Verdensdag, is celebrated every year in Norway. Many places host free celebrations for children and their families with music, art, stories, dance, and food...

A Halloween mural.

Lose yourself to Halloween in Norway

American Kristy Kongevold shares her love for Halloween with her local community in Vanse, Norway, putting on an ever-more-elaborate Spooky Barn Maze each year Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. Kristy Kongevold hails from Illinois but...

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Carving out empowerment

Women’s woodworking classes instill self-confidence alongside practical skills Leslee Lane Hoyum Rockford, Minn. If I could have followed my dream after high school, I would have headed directly to Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis. I...

Grandparents Day unites families

Modern technology makes honoring grandparents and communicating across generations a breeze this Grandparents Day Larrie Wanberg Features Editor Grandparents Day is September 10—a day of celebration that is commonly practiced opposite of the original...

From Sognefjord to Sandpoint to Shanghai

Harp guitars make connections across two oceans for Norwegian Americans from Idaho Barbara K. Rostad Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho Harp guitars, largely credited to Norwegian immigrant Chris Knutsen from Sogne­fjord, and a century later...