Scandinavian Midsummer

Midsummer, an observation of the longest day of the year, is celebrated in each of the Scandinavian countries. Originally a pagan holiday, Midsummer is celebrated on the day of John the Baptist and is now held on the weekend closest to the summer solstice. In Sweden the celebration takes place around a maypole that is… More Scandinavian Midsummer

Syttende Mai – Norway’s Constitution Day

Syttende Mai A brief history and how to celebrate from anywhere – The 17th of May (Syttende Mai) is Norway’s Constitution Day, a wonderful spring holiday celebrated with red, white and blue ribbons and flags, national costumes and big smiles as Norwegians everywhere mark the historic signing of their Constitution (Grunnloven) in 1814. That year… More Syttende Mai – Norway’s Constitution Day

Atlantic Crossing

Norway During World War II PBS’s new Masterpiece series – Atlantic Crossing – centers on the dramatic story of Franklin Roosevelt (Kyle MacLachlan) and Norwegian Crown Princess Martha (Sofia Helin) (pictured right), who fled Nazi occupation during World War II with her three children. Inspired by true events, this series will be eight episodes spanning… More Atlantic Crossing