Category: Opinion

A white elephant with a santa hat on.

The white elephant in the room

How to make gift-giving fun Emily C. Skaftun The Norwegian American For many years I thought the only way to make gifting possible for large groups was the Secret Santa approach. You know the...

A group of young adults sitting together.

“Etnisk norsk”

Laila Simon Portland, Ore. Violence in Årdal, Norway, in 2013 left three civilians murdered on a bus. The suspect was taken into custody and described as a man of “30 years and not ethnic...

A snowy mountain in Norway.

Norwegian Chess: Sjakkmatt

Kristen Walter Flekkefjord, Norway Much like when I play Sudoku, I unfortunately rarely complete language learning to its fullest extent—but Norwegian has been different. Whether it was Spanish, Latin, Portuguese, Arabic, or now Norwegian,...

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Norway’s election is over, and everyone lost

Veronika Brokke Olsen Oslo, Norway The opposition did not get majority votes, leaving Norway’s current government in charge. The government also received fewer votes than previously, leaving it weaker for the upcoming term. Another...

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...