Sons of Norway is the largest Norwegian organization outside of Norway, with over 57,000 members in nearly 400 lodges in the U.S., Canada, and Norway. A conscious effort is made to build on the past while focusing on contemporary Norwegian-American lifestyles. Sons of Norway lodge activities encourage expression of Norwegian culture and community concern.
Sons of norway misjon er å fremme og ivareta norske kulturtradisjoner, feire vårt forhold til andre nordiske land, og samtidig tilby de beste forsikrings og finansprodukter til våre medlemme.
The mission of Sons of Norway is to promote and to preserve the heritage and culture of Norway, to celebrate our relationship with other nordic countries, and provide quality insurance and financial products to our members.
The Culutral Skills Program encourages active participation in traditional and contemporary Norwegian-American pursuits. Besides enriching the lives of members of all ages, it provides a basis for special interest groups within lodges. Skills may be pursued through the lodge or individually.
Several Colorado lodges have offered cultural skills programs. The Websites page provides links to access other lodge's websites for current information about their cultural skill offerings.
Sons of Norway offers the following cultural skills:
Traditional Norwegian Cooking
Collectiong Norwegian and North American Stamps
Genealogy -- Family History
Norwegian Language and Culture
Figure Carving (Norwegian Motif)
Ornamental Woodcarving (Norwegian Relief Style)
Music and Musicians of Norway
Youth Cultural Skills include: Norwegian and North American Stamps, Knitting, Hardanger Embroidery, Figure Carving, and Folk Dancing.
The Sports Medals Program is a way for members, regardless of their age or ability, to stay fit and active while sharing their enthusiasm for the Norwegian tradition of friluftsliv (outdoor life).
Each sport listed has five levels of achievement: Bronza, Silver, Gold, Enamel, and Idrettshelt (sports hero). If you have earned the bronze, silver, gold, and enamel medals in any three sports medal categories, you are eligible for the Hederspris (outstanding achievement) award.
Gangmerke (Walking Medal) -- indoor and/or outdoor walking
Idrettsmerke (Sports and Fitness Medal) -- your choice of various activities
Skimerke (Skiing Medal) -- cross-country skiing
Svømmemerke (Swimming Medal) -- swimming using any stroke
Sykkelmerke (Bicycling Medal) -- bicycling for fitness, recreation, transportation, or competition
Any sport or activity can be accommodated -- if you do not see your desired sport/activity listed, consult with the lodge's sports director.
Norway's pilgrims walked The Pilgrim's Route, also called St. Olav's Way or Kongsveien (Old King's Road). Members walk at home and follow the pilgrims' journeys online, learning about historic landmarks and tourist destinations along the route. After 387 miles of walking, the journey finishes at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway.