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Norwegian Focus

Augustana offers one of Canada's few university programs in Scandinavian Studies with a focus on the Norwegian language. When you learn Norwegian, the door is open to two other languages and cultures as well, since Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish are mutually intelligible.

Historical Signifigance

Scandinavia is well known for its contributions in the areas of conflict resolution, gender equality and the promotion of indigenous and human rights. This region has also produced numerous authors, politicians, explorers, musicians, and other cultural figures who have had a major impact on their fields, including:

  • Hans Christian Andersen
  • Gro Harlem Brundtland
  • Edvard Grieg
  • Henrik Ibsen
  • Søren Kierkegaard

If you are interested in any of these issues or cultural figures, Augustana's Scandinavian program has something to offer you.

International Relations

Increased international attention to the Arctic region has led to a reassessment of relations between Canada and the Nordic region. In this age of international interdependence, there is a need for increased cultural and economic exchange between Canada and the five Nordic lands (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland).  The Augustana Scandinavian Studies program offers courses designed to aid students in building expertise in these areas.