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Seattle Syttende Mai 2020: Quarantine Edition

A History of Syttende Mai and How to Celebrate Online in 2020 Many people are surprised to learn that the Norwegian holiday Syttende Mai is celebrated in Seattle, Washington. Not only is Syttende Mai celebrated in Seattle, but the annual parade attracts an estimated 10,000 people each year, many even visiting from Norway to attend.…

Bryggen wharf area in downtown Bergen. Photo: Doug Tomren

Exploring the city center of Bergen, Norway

Bergen (sometimes called by the Norse Bjørgvin), located on Norway’s scenic west coast, is the 2nd largest city in Norway, with a population of about 275,000 as of 2014. Bergen has a rich and unique history, very different than other Norwegian cities. A member of the Hanseatic League, Bergen was home to German merchants in the wharf area…