The mission of
the Sons of Norway is to promote,
preserve, and cherish a lasting appreciation of the heritage and culture
of Norway and other Nordic countries while growing soundly as a fraternal
benefit society and offering maximum benefits to its members.
Sons of Norway was organized as a fraternal benefit society by 18 Norwegian
immigrants in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on January 16, 1895. The purposes
and goals of the Founding Fathers were to protect members of Sons of
Norway and their families from the financial hardships experienced during
times of sickness or death in the family. Over time, the mission of
Sons of Norway was expanded to include the preservation of Norwegian
heritage and culture in our Society. We have grown since our beginning
and now encompass more than 420
local lodges with a membership of 70,000 people living in North
America and Norway.
Norwegian traditions and fraternal fellowship through the cultural and
social opportunities offered in local lodge and district lodge activities.
These activities include language camps and es, scholarships, handicrafts,
cooking and heritage es, heritage programs, sports programs, travel
Magazine, and outreach programs sponsored by the Sons
of Norway Foundation.
financial protection through our field staff representatives to Sons
of Norway members and their families against the hardships of sickness
and death through a variety of quality insurance programs.
Sons of Norways misjon er å fremme, ivareta og på lang sikt verne om
norske og andre nordiske kulturtradisjoner, samtidig som organisasjonen
får vokse og utvikle seg som en broderskapsforening med maksimal hjelp
og støtte til alle medlemmer.
Facts (as of July 1, 2003)...
Members - 60,709
in the U.S. - 57,137
in Canada - 2,104
in Norway - 1,468
Members - 2,981
Insurance In Force-$600,000,000
Insurance Certificates in Force - 20,000
Man and Woman in Viking Costume