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Norwegian American flag combines the flags of Norway and USA

The Scandinavian American Story

Throughout America, many people celebrate Norwegian and Scandinavian culture. Let's take a look at the reason so many Americans claim Scandinavian heritage–and how they choose to celebrate it. Because of mass migration more than 100 years...
Panorama of Trondheim city centre, Norway

The History of Trondheim

A city founded by a Viking King, Trondheim is steeped in history. Here is the story of Norway's first capital city, which now stands at more than 1,000 years old. Recent archaeological finds throughout downtown Trondheim...
Elongated gaming pieces or dice found in Norway

Archaeologists Find Roman Iron Age Board Game in Norway

Rare elongated dice and board game pieces from the Roman Iron Age have been discovered in western Norway. Last month, Norwegian archaeologists chose to excavate the remains of a small Early Iron Age grave cairn in...
Telemark farm in Norway

The Story of Spå-Eilev: Once Upon a Time in 19th-Century Telemark

The year is 1838. A young servant girl named Ingeborg nervously treads the dirt track leading to a farm in Hjukesbø. She sees the young man who lives there working outside in the yard. As she...
The MS Scandinavian Star showing the fire damage after the disaster at sea

Remembering the MS Scandinavian Star Ferry Disaster

159 people died aboard the MS Scandinavian Star during the 1990 fire. We remember the tragic story and how it went on to change fire safety codes at sea around the world. The MS Scandinavian Star...
Finnish war children history of Norway

Norway’s History Has Forgotten the Finnish War Children

Heart-breaking images of children in refugee camps in Greece and Syria remind us of how war is driving children to flee their homes. Minors are being sent off to foreign countries. But this also happened in...
Roald Amundsen's Framheim base camp for his South Pole expedition.

Amundsen vs Scott: The Deadly Race to the South Pole

Both the Norwegian Roald Amundsen and Brit Robert Falcon Scott led expeditions to the South Pole within weeks of each other. Unfortunately, things didn't work out for one team on the return leg. In these times...
Ancient glacier in Scandinavia

Scandinavia Before the Vikings

There’s more to Scandinavian history than the Vikings. There’s resourceful settlers and the Sami people who adapted to the environment in order to survive, and so much more. From watching TV and movies you’d think that Scandinavian history was all...
Lone skier by a mountain cabin in Norway

The History of Skiing in Norway

It's known that the act of skiing dates back at least 8,000 years. Here's the full story of Norway's love affair with skiing, from critical transport method to recreation and sport. It's no surprise to hear...
Olav Tryggvason statue in Trondheim, Norway

Olav Tryggvason: The Founder of Trondheim

His statue stands tall above Trondheim's market square. But how much do you know about one of Norway's former Viking kings? He lived more than 1,000 years ago, yet Olav Tryggvason is one of Norway's most...