Category: Opinion

A popular Norwegian postcard depicting a woman sitting on top of a pig.

The Norwegian American crowdfunding updates

Emily C. Skaftun The Norwegian American It’s been about four months since we ended our second Indiegogo campaign. We did it (for those of you just tuning in) because we lose money making this...

Two takes on foreign aid

Espen Haugen Tromsø, Norway Both Norway and the United States have unique cultural and sociopolitical characteristics that affect their approaches to international development assistance. Norway prioritizes the equal treatment and care of its own...

Is hate a Norwegian (-American) value?

Emily C. Skaftun The Norwegian American I want nothing more than to let this subject go for once and all, but I’m afraid I can’t resist getting in the last word on it first....

Today’s Islamophobia challenge

Lindsey Penny Seattle, Wash. The word Islamophobia has been in the news lately, but what exactly is it and how is it impacting American society? According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, “Islamophobia is...

Today’s assimilation challenge

Rev. Dr. Duane Lindberg Waterloo, Iowa “They were Americans before they left!” This observation by immigration historian Marcus Lee Hansen suggests that 19th and 20th century immigrants shared values and beliefs that helped them...

Crowdfunding and the way forward

Emily C. Skaftun The Norwegian American In a surprise turn of events, with contributions that have come in over the phone, by mail, and of course through our Indiegogo campaign, some two weeks after...

Norway and the road towards renewable energy

Linn Chloe Hagstrøm The Norwegian American During the past two years, more than one in 10 oil industry jobs disappeared from the Norwegian continental shelf, according to VG. The Norwegian national economy has been...

Pride of country and journalistic integrity

Emily C. Skaftun The Norwegian American Another year has gone by, as measured in Syttende Mais. In this issue in particular we celebrate Norway, country of our ancestry. Hipp hipp hurra for deg, Norge!...