Category: Opinion

Norwegians need to sink their teeth into health care

Linn Chloe Hagstrøm The Norwegian American People who live and work in Norway get to benefit from the Norwegian single-payer health care system, which encompasses services ranging from seeing a GP (fastlege) to receiving...

Education isn’t one-size-fits-all

Emily C. Skaftun The Norwegian American In my mind, as a teenager, there was never a backup plan: I was going to a four-year college, and I was going right away. Anything else would...

Media and terrorism

Malin C. A. Nikolaisen Denver, Colo. We live in a world overwhelmed with information, domestically and internationally, topped with an incredibly busy everyday life. Media is important to inform the public on the happenings...

State of the newspaper

Emily C. Skaftun The Norwegian American Hello friends. As strange as it is to say, I have been the editor of this newspaper for three whole years (side note: it’s wonderful to start a...

Are we Vikings or Scandinavians?

Dr. Elisabeth I. Ward PLU Scandinavian Cultural Center What do we mean when we talk about things like the “Viking spirit” and “Scandinavian identity”? What does it mean to be “Norwegian American”? These are...

Is it time to do away with the Electoral College?

Thoughts from a former elector Scott Larsen New Westminster, B.C. Many readers of The Norwegian American are thinking about ribbe, as well as the much maligned lutefisk, and fattigmann (cookies made with cream and...

Don’t drill, baby, don’t drill

M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway When Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg was interviewed by Dagens Næringsliv (the Norwegian business newspaper) at this year’s Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) international oil and gas industries fair in...

Of papers and politics

Emily C. Skaftun The Norwegian American In this ridiculous election year, in which all bets seem to be off and norms of civilized discourse optional, the role of the press has really come into...