Category: Features

Syttende Mai in Bergen

From Nashville… to Norway!

College students experience “the 4th of July on steroids” at Bergen’s Syttende Mai Lina Sheahan Nashville, Tenn. BOOM! It was 7 a.m., and the sound of cannon fire shook me awake in my hotel...

Syttende Mai in Longyearbyen

The world’s northernmost Syttende Mai

Norway’s constitution gets a very special international celebration in Longyearbyen Elizabeth Bourne Longyearbyen, Svalbard Syttende Mai is special to all Norwegians and those of Norwegian descent, no matter where they live. But in Norway’s...

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Syttende Mai from the heart

Minneapolis celebrates the holiday with a feeling of community—and a whole lot of flags Lori Ann Reinhall The Norwegian American Norwegian Constitution Day on May 17 has long been a day that I’ve celebrated...

Barneblad: Springtime skattejakt

Head out on a heritage scavanger hunt A monthly feature to share with kids and grandkids Brought to you by Lori Ann Reinhall Spring is here, and it’s time to head outdoors again. Birds...

Sagastad knowledge center opens on May 10

New Viking ship hits the fjord Solveig Midtbø Sagastad On May 10, Sagastad, a new knowledge center about the Viking Age, opened in western Norway. The main attraction is the 30-meter (100 ft. long)...

17th of May

Barneblad: 17 fun facts about 17. Mai!

A monthly feature to share with kids and grandkids Brought to you by Lori Ann Reinhall The 17th of May is a day of fun and celebration for children and adults alike with colorful...

A new patriotism

Syttende Mai memories Egil Oftedal Escondido, Calif. I remember May 8, 1945. I had heard that the German Occupation of Norway was over. I ran to downtown Sandnes, where I saw the German soldiers...

Translating Mellom bakkar og berg

A song of celebration Lori Ann Reinhall The Norwegian American How do you translate a song? How do you convey the meaning, follow the song’s meter, and retain the beauty of the language? When...

A minneverdig (memorable) Syttende Mai

How did a Californian college student end up playing trumpet in Oslo’s barnetog? Pauline Allen Portland, Ore. It was shortly after 7 a.m., and the day was already bright and sunny. Breakfast of brødskiver...