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  CULTURAL PROGRAMS

Craft Classes:
The House of Norway has woodcarving on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 9am - 12 pm.

The Norwegian Knitters Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 12 noon - 2 pm.

Language/Geneology Classes:
Some language classes and geneology classes are offered through our local Sons of Norway Valhall Lodge - check their website at: HTTP://LodgeofValhall.com

Bunads - Traditional Norwegian Costume


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Lawn Program during Norway's Centennial

Lawn Program during Norway's Centennial

 

  CULTURAL EVENTS


Lawn Program:
The yearly lawn program is held on May 17th, or the Sunday closest to that date.  It is the Norwegian Constitution day, and commemorates the liberation from Denmark in 1814.

The Entertainment is provided by musical performers and folk dance groups.  The San Diego ”Mannskor”  (mens choir) and
”Damskor” (womens choir) sings traditional and current Norwegian songs.

Food:
The food fare for the lawn program is the popular Rommegrot ( a sour cream porridge) Lefse, (potato pancake with sugar and cinnamon), Vafler (waffles), Solbaersaft (black currant juice) and coffee.  Ice cream and hot dogs are free for the children.

       Ethnic Food Fair
       For the Ethnic Food Fair the menu is the same as it is for the lawn
       program, without the ice cream and hot dogs for the children.

       December Holiday
       For the December Holiday you will be able to enjoy the famous
       Viking Soup with French bread, Lefse, Vafler and hot Solbaertoddy.

Christmas Party:
“Juletrefest” means Christmas Party in Norwegian.  It takes place January 1st. Christmas in Norway lasts for 20 days, from December 24th to January 13th. Check The House of Norway's website for this year's party details.

Nordic Nights:
A Nordic Nights Festival is held in the fall by one of the Scandinavian houses in the lawn area of the cottages.

Norsk Fest:
The Sons of Norway Vista Lodge presents the Vista Viking Festival in the fall - for details visit: https://www.facebook.com/VistaVikingFestival/?fref=ts

Queen of the House of Norway


 

Norway - Coat of Arms

  HISTORICAL NOTES

The emergence of Norway as an independent nation has followed a long process of historical development. Although Norway was unified as a kingdom in the Viking period, it lost its independent status due to dynastic rivalry, disease, and economic decline, coming under the rule of Danish monarchs during the late Middle Ages. This continued until 1814, when the movement for independence first asserted itself at the conclusion of the Napoleonic Wars. A representative assembly drew up a constitution, established a government, and briefly proclaimed a separate state. However, the great powers of Europe had decided that Norway should be joined with Sweden. After a brief conflict, followed by negotiations, a compromise agreement was worked out whereby Norway recognized the king of Sweden as its sovereign, but in turn received a considerable amount of self-rule in the union which followed.

Read further "A Synopsis of Norwegian History" by Oddvar K. Hoidal  as Norway's history is reviewed into the 20st century.


Lawn Program during Norway's Centennial   FUTURE PLANS

Continue to present Norwegian culture to visitors entering the House
as well as remaining a gathering point for Norwegian-American
organizations and persons with Norwegian affiliation.


Norway   COUNTRY INFORMATION

Land Area: 323,802 sq km                                
Population: 4,627,926 (July 2007 est.)
Capital City: Oslo                                          
Language:  Bokmal Norwegian (official), Nynorsk Norwegian (official), small Sami- and Finnish-speaking minorities; note - Sami is official in six municipalities
Religion:  Church of Norway 85.7%, Pentecostal 1%, Roman Catholic 1%, other Christian 2.4%, Muslim 1.8%, other 8.1% (2004)
Form of Government: constitutional monarchy
Economy:The Norwegian economy is a prosperous bastion of welfare capitalism, featuring a combination of free market activity and government intervention. The government controls key areas, such as the vital petroleum sector, through large-scale state enterprises. The country is richly endowed with natural resources - petroleum, hydropower, fish, forests, and minerals - and is highly dependent on its oil production and international oil prices, with oil and gas accounting for one-third of exports.
Export: petroleum and petroleum products, machinery and equipment, metals, chemicals, ships, fish

 

Source: The World Factbook - Norway

 

 

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IMPORTANT DATES

Lawn Program

Visit House of Norway
website for details.

 

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