Category Archives: Norway

The Hurtigruten : a true adventure!

fram hurtigruten (2)Members of the Seattle staff of the Hurtigruten Cruise Ship Line will appear at the Nordic Lodge’s October 21st meeting. They will make a presentation on the Hurtigruten cruise along the coast of Norway. Passengers experience Norway’s beautiful fjords, charming ports, and rare wildlife under the midnight sun or the spectacular northern lights. Those of you who have not taken this voyage will have an opportunity to experience it vicariously. For those of you who have taken the cruise it will be an opportunity to reconnect with wonderful memories. The cruise travels along the Norwegian coast from Bergen to Kirkiness, with stops at many small ports and cities along the way.  This is a presentation not to be missed!   The program will begin at 11:00am following short announcements & introductions.   It will be followed by a light lunch, for which a small donation will be requested.

Women in Norway Have 3rd Best Ranking in World

In 2014, Norway fared well in the rankings for the Global Gender Gap Report as determined by the World Economic Forum in Geneva, taking third place out of 142 countries. Scoring is based on five categories: economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival and political empowerment. In the category of educational attainment, Norwegian females were rated as having total equality at primary, secondary and tertiary education levels.  Earned income, literacy and life expectancy rates were also deemed equal to that of men or better.

Norway’s high ranking is a result of grassroots campaigns, government initiatives and quota systems. In 1978, Eva Kolstad was appointed the world’s first Gender Equality Ombud in Norway, whose responsibility was to work toward equality between women and men, specifically in regard to hiring.

Another tactic was to increase the presence of women in positions of power by making it a requirement as of 2006 for all publicly-held companies to have a minimum of 40% women on their board of directors, or face closure. State-owned firms were already required to have at least 45% female board representation. Norwegian equality minister at the time, Karita Bekkemellem, said that “More than half of the people who have a business education today are women. It is wrong for companies not to use them. They should be represented.” She added that she didn’t want to wait 20 or 30 years for society to catchup. Currently state panels, committees/and boards have only 38 percent female representation. Norway’s largest company, Statoil, Meets the 40% requirement. Six European countries have followed Norway’s example and the European Union’s parliament plans to require a 40% quota by 2020.

This article was taken from the Sons of Norway Newsletter Service. Learn more about Sons of Norway by visiting them on the web at www.sonsofnorway.com.

Traveling Scandinavia: the Hurtigruten and more!

V & M in Norway At the Nordic Lodge’s upcoming meeting on Saturday, November 15th, Lodge member (and Shifty Sailor) Vern Olsen, along with wife Martha,  will talk about their recent adventurous travels  in Norway, Helsinki and Stockholm.  Included will be lots of traveling hints – and photos too of course!

Although this trip to Norway was the sixth one for Vern & Martha, it was their first on the Hurtigruten.  The photo to the left was taken in  Honningsvåg, one of the ports of call on the Hurtigruten’s  lengthy route along the Norwegian coast from Kirkenes in the north to Bergen the south.  If you’ve been thinking about taking the Hurtigruten yourself, this will be a great opportunity to find out more about it!

This program is open to anyone interested in coming and will begin at approximately 10:30 a.m. in the  Nordic Hall.  A pancake breakfast & short business meeting for members & their guests will precede the program.