Facts about the Norwegian language
The Norwegian used today was developed from the Old Norse language. The Vikings spread Old Norse across Europe and into Russia, making it the most widespread language of the time. During the 14th and 15th centuries the language began to transition from Old Norse to Middle Norwegian and eventually Modern Norwegian, which is used today. Norwegian is the official language of Norway and is one of the working languages of the Nordic Council. English words of Norwegian origin include fjord, nook, krill, scrawny, trash, slump, dollop, and rig.
Concordia Language Villages began offering Norwegian programs in 1963 and opened an architecturally-authentic, year-round Norwegian Language Village, Skogfjorden, on Turtle River Lake near Bemidji, Minnesota in 1971.
- Because you have a spirit of adventure. Learning Norwegian connects you to five million native speakers. Norwegian is an official language in Norway, but is also widely spoken in other Scandinavian countries and the U.S.A.
- Because you want to connect. Norway has become one of the richest countries in the world, and it has an important role in the world economy. Maybe your interest is technology, business, or world affairs. Immersing yourself in Norwegian at the Language Villages will leave you with knowledge and understanding that you’ll use again and again.
- Because you’d like to understand your past. Uff da! There are more than 4.5 million people of Norwegian ancestry in the United States today. Learning about Norwegian language and culture will give you a deep appreciation for your family and friends’ Scandinavian history.
- Because you like having fun! Perhaps you’re hungry for smørbrød (open face sandwich), or want to try your hand at treskjæring (woodcarving). Authentic Norwegian activities mixed with camping favorites like canoeing and swimming guarantee that every minute of your experience will be a treasured memory in the making.
Traditional Norwegian music is made distinctive by their native instruments. One native instrument that is most recognized is the hardanger fiddle. Traditional music consists of ballads (kvad), short and improvised songs (stev), and stories told through song (skillingsviser). Work songs and hymns are also typical forms of traditional Norwegian music.
Norwegian music had a strong mark in the classical world during the Romanic period. One of the most well-known Norwegian composers was Edvard Grieg, who drew inspiration from Norwegian Folk music.
Today, popular Norwegian music spans a range of musical styles. Jazz, Folk, Rock, and Electronica are the most popular contemporary styles.
Rosemaling is a popular and historical craft that originated in the low-land areas of eastern Norway. It can be described as decorative flower painting, where the painter primarily uses S and C strokes to embellish on the floral designs. Originally, it was used by poorer classes in the country side who would paint churches and homes for pay. Norwegian immigrants brought the tradition of rosemaling to the United States, where it is still a popular hobby. Today, rosemaling is typically found on wall hangings or antiques.
Forde Folk Festival - July
Molde Jazz Festival - July
International Chamber Music Festival in Stavanger - August
Oslo International Film Festival- November
Saint Olav Festival- July
Norwegian Short Film Festival- June
rød og blå spillet - Red and Blue Game
Fotball - Soccer