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Norway Hub connects the Augsburg community to present-day Norway by providing resources on contemporary Norwegian life and culture, inspiring Augsburg students, faculty, and staff to be dynamically engaged with the University’s Norwegian legacy.

H. M. Queen Sonja Visits Minneapolis



We are honored to say that Queen Sonja visited Minneapolis as Norway House opened its expansion on Franklin Avenue earlier this Fall 2022.

Our Norwegian exchange students had the honor of not just participating AND volunteering for the event, but also had a chance to meet a few other Norwegian Stars, like Morten Ramm og Erik Solbakken. As well as Mayor Jacob Frey. What a great opportunity for them!



Augsburg participates in the Annual Thor Heyerdahl Conference



From 10.00 – 16.30

This conference is a collaboration between the Thor Heyerdahl Institute, the Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Oslo, our Augsburg University (USA), and Vestfold & Telemark County Council. The conference will focus on the global subject of “Migration and Identity.”

ALL the videos have now been uploaded to YouTube, to a playlist called The Thor Heyerdahl International Day 2021.

Enjoy this great library with amazing content from this conference, and feel free to use the videos as learning content with students.


Alum Curt Rice is Appointed Rector at NMBU


Curt Rice graduated from Augsburg in 1984, and has since then dedicated his life to education.  Curt and his wife, Tove Dahl (also an Augsburg alum and Dean of Skogfjorden, Concordia Language Village) have lived in Norway for decades, served in many higher education institutions, including OsloMet and the University of Tromsø.  Curt is ending his time at OsloMet to serve as the new rector of Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU).


Augsburg’s Norway Hub and the ISSS office always look to create new and maintain established partnerships with Norwegian institutions.  We hope to add NMBU to our list of partners in the years to come.

Congratulations, Curt!

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#blihjemme with Norwayhouse

#stayhome is the one of the biggest international slogans of March and of 2020, following the epidemic of Covid-19, forcing unprecedented changes to our lives, changes that most of us have never experienced before.

To prevent the spread of Coronavirus and to protect others, quarantine and lockdowns have been set in all over the world and people are encouraged to stay at home.

#stayhome has come out of this as a hashtag for people to share their activities and what they do when they stay at home during lockdown, and to encourage others to do the same instead of going outside.

Norwayhouse has put their own spin on this, with #blihjemme, a website with compilations of “koselige” (fun/cozy) things you can do at home. The site has compiled activities that you and your family can do at home while in quarantine and is updated every day with new content.

Follow the link to #blihjemme to check the page out and remember to stay updated on what is happening in your local news and on WHO’s public advice page for new information.

Norway. A Unique Student Experience

POSTPONED until further notice due to COVID-19

Thinking about studying in Norway in the near future?

Norway House is welcoming quests speakers to discuss higher education opportunities in Norway. Among them is the current Norwegian Ambassador to the USA, Kåre R. Aas, who will be promoting the possibilities and benefits of higher education in Norway.

This panel discussion is free and will take place at Norway House, Monday, March 16th, between 4:30 and 6:30. If you are interested in going, please sign up on the Facebook event page or by RSVP-ing on the Norway House event page (

Augsburg University has many Norwegian partners that offer semester long exchanges. Please check in with the CGEE office on campus to design your own unique Norway study abroad experience.


Feb 13: We Welcome Oleana – Norwegian Clothing Design

Gerda Fuglerud is the CEO and owner of OLEANA, an award winning Norwegian knitwear brand, known for its highly artistic design, incorporating Norwegian flora, geography and a long time history of the art of knitting.

On Thursday, February 13 from 12 noon until 1 pm, Gerda, who has a an MBA specializing in Luxury and Design Management, will provide a lecture for the students and faculty in the Art and Design Department (see poster invitation).

We also want to take this opportunity to thank Norway House for their partnership in bringing contemporary Norway to campus. During Gerda’s visit to the Twin-Cities, she will hold an array of events at Norway House between February 13th and 15th, with pop-up shops and gallery talks.

The event below is open to the Augsburg community, and we invite you to join us in welcoming Gerda and OLEANA.





The Saami People’s Day – February 6

The Saami National Day falls on February 6th, and is celebrated in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia, where the indigenous people of Lapland live today. A tradition since 1993, the Saami people’s day commemorates the first Saami congressional gathering held in Trondheim in 1917, a year that marks the first time the Saami people started collaborating for a common causes across the national borders that split their indigenous homeland.

Today, this national event is celebrated by raising the Saami flag and holding formal celebrations. Some areas—with a higher population of Saami people—extend the celebrations to include Saami themed events in the week leading up to as well as on the national day. One of the most notable events are hosted in Tromsø, Norway, where they celebrate the world championship in reindeer racing (see photo below).

Jokkmokk (Sweden), Oulu (Finland), and Murmansk (Russia) have also traditionally hosted bigger events with Saami themes, emphasizing language conservation, and culture and discrimination issues, aiming to bring awareness to, preserve, and promote the indigenous culture and history.


Sons of Norway Celebrates 125 years

On January 16, 1895, the original 18 members of Sons of Norway gathered for their first official meeting. Today Sons of Norway celebrates the 125 years that have passed since that meeting. This organization has grown to become the largest Norwegian organization outside of Norway and is proud of its 50,000 members at 350 lodges across the United States, Canada and Norway.

Serving members with financial, fraternal, and philanthropic offerings is part of their ongoing mission, as well as other exciting developments the first meeting 125 years ago. Please see a list of their major milestones and goals by visiting the Sons of Norway homepage.

And help us celebrate this big milestone with Sons of Norway.

Utøya Survivor and Peace Activist — June 23

Bjørn Magnus Jacobsen Ihler is a Norwegian activist, writer, designer, and filmmaker working across mediums to promote peace and human rights in defiance of violent extremism. Ihler is a survivor of the Utøya mass shooting on 22 July 2011. Since that horrifying experience, he has used his voice to promote peace and justice all over the world.

He currently serves as a Young Leader on the Extremely Together Project at the Kofi Annan Foundation, and is a listed speaker for the Human Rights Foundation (who is our international partner for the Human Rights Forum) and spoke at their Oslo Freedom Forum in 2016.

Ihler will be speaking at Norway House on Sunday, June 23, 2019 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, and will give a lecture at Macalester College the following day.

Please visit Norway House’s event page to RSVP to the free session.

Tickets for the Macalester College lecture can be found here.

This event and opportunity is brought to us be Heartland Democracy.

Celebrate Syttende Mai at Mindekirken

On 17 May we are commemorating the signing of the constitution on that date in 1814. In Norway, the Constitution Day is huge.

Norway’s 17 May celebration is a party for everyone, especially the children. Before they take to the streets, many will gather for a 17 May breakfast – often a potluck with friends and neighbors – with freshly baked bread, scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, and for the grown-ups, champagne.

Children’s parades then take place across the country, and led by marching bands they walk through their communities. The largest of the traditional parades attract tens of thousands of people waving flags and shouting “hurra!”. In Oslo, the parade is greeted by the royal family who are waving tirelessly to the crowds from the Royal Palace balcony.

Nationalistic? Perhaps, but the non-militaristic and generally joyous atmosphere, in addition to the children’s special place in the celebrations, makes the day a largely uncontroversial affair. The focus is mostly on eating huge amounts of ice cream and hot dogs, listening to speeches, and playing games at local schools.

The day is also an opportunity for EVERONE to show off their “bunad”, Norway’s traditional costumes. There are hundreds of different ones, with colors and styles indicating ancestry and geographical belonging

This Sunday, May 19, the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church (Mindekirken) will replicate on a smaller scale the experience and celebrations in Norway, with a program full of family friendly fun including church service, parades, games and bouncy houses for children, folk dances, many many bunads and loads of ice cream. You can see their event details here.