Author: Lori Ann Reinhall

Lori Ann Reinhall, editor-in-chief of The Norwegian American, is a multilingual journalist and cultural ambassador based in Seattle. She is the president of the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association, and she serves on the boards of several Nordic organizations.


Koppmoll is a short documentary film that tells the story of what happened during World War II in northern Norway.

Adaption of Sweet Land onstage in Seattle

The movie Sweet Land (2005) has now been adapted into a musical by Perrin Post and Laurie Flanigan Hegge. The story of a Norwegian immigrant settlement in Minnesota in the 1920s, the West Coast production at Seattle’s Taproot Theatre opened to enthusiastic audiences and critics.


Happy 175th birthday, Edvard Grieg!

June 15, 2018, marks the 175th birthday of Bergen and Norway’s most famous composer, Edvard Hagerup Grieg. In Norway and around the world, celebrations are taking place that will continue throughout the year. In Bergen, the Grieg Museum and NRK teamed up to produce a 24-hour “Grieg Minute by Minute” marathon.

Madison Leiren

Norway inspires 17de Mai runway show

A fashion flight of fantasy Lori Ann Reinhall The Norwegian American Sweet, down-to-earth, and demure, fashion designer Madison Leiren is the opposite of the “devil who wears Prada.” Recently, I had the pleasure of...

Christina Oftedal

An American woman in Norway’s military

Oftedal’s journey led from San Diego to service in the country of her grandfather’s birth Lori Ann Reinhall The Norwegian American When you first encounter Christina Oftedal, you will probably be surprised to learn...

Nordic Museum

Nature, innovation, space & purpose

Seattle’s new Nordic Museum is scheduled to open to the public on Saturday, May 5, 2018. The Norwegian American has already gotten a sneak preview of what’s to come in the state-of the-art multimillion-dollar facility.

Trumpet meditations

Trumpet Meditations: On Friday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m., trumpeter Ingrid Eliassen and pianist Ekaterina Isayevskaya from the University of Tromsø will present a special concert, “Trumpet Meditations: Music and Musicians of the Norwegian Arctic,” at Ballard First Lutheran Church at 7:30 p.m.

Leprosy Museum, Bergen

Inside Bergen’s Leprosy Museum

A visit to Bergen’s Leprosy Museum, a set of inconspicuous wooden buildings tucked away in the heart of the city, proves to be both interesting and insightful, a lesson in cultural history and an inspiration for our own time.