Ever since ¼ of the Norwegian population immigrated to the US, in search of the American Dream, there`s been traces of Norwegian culture in the US. The Norwegian-Americans created these “Norwegian”-towns, with Norwegian food, traditions, and churches and even newspapers.
Today, there aren’t much left of this old Norwegian-American culture, but there are still old communities that have kept their traditions alive from their ancestors. There`s a town called Poulsbo, Washington, which is filled with Viking helmets, flags, Nisser and paintings of fjords. In Brooklyn, NY, you can find a shop filled with Norwegian food items, which also serves Norwegian meals, and when you open the door a smell of Norwegian waffles lingers in the air.
Understandably, many descendants from Norway are interested in knowing about their roots, but what you might not know is that we here in Norway are just as interested in this culture as well. Considering the amount of people who left this country of ours, and how there´s not more than about 5 million people in Norway, and there is an equal amount of N-A descendants, I guess you can understand that the saying “everyone has a relative in America” is not an understatement!
A couple of years ago, this new reality show was broadcasted on Norwegian television; called the Great Norwegian Adventure. Or “Alt for Norge” as well call it. (Literally means, everything for Norway). It’s a competition where Norwegian-Americans compete about Norwegian culture, both traditional and modern, in order to win $50K and meet their Norwegian relatives. The show is quite hilarious, especially when you consider that most of the Norwegian traditions these people know about are up to 150-200 old, and well, let`s just say that Norway has changed since the 1850s!
So I really wanted to show you guys some highlights of the show (and relax, it`s all in English, except for a short intro in Norwegian). This clip shows a contestant who learns where her family was from, and then it turns out that her ancestor was the inspiration for one of Norway`s traditional dresses, a Bunad! (This is a MAJOR thing in Norway)
In Today`s world, we emigrate and immigrate, move here and move there, cross continents and what not`s. So if you come from a diverse background, I`d love to hear about it! Do you know where your ancestors were from? Have you kept any special traditions?