Most of the Norwegians came over a long time ago. That and family ties to the homeland, especially in that era where calling home was not really an option kind of fell apart. I have no idea who my relatives are over there, as my people came over from Norway like 4 generations ago, like a lot of other folks. Yeah, there may be a lot of people with Scandinavian heritage, but a lot of families came over for good. It seems to me that the number of Norwegians, as a percentage of that nation's population, was the highest percentage of any nation's population to emigrate to the US. Everyone left! The ties to Norway aren't quite like other nationalities. There are many nationalities that got to the states or are still coming to the states in droves and still have family members to communicate with. For example, I meet many people who have heritage of Meditteranean nations (ie. Italy, Greece, Israel, etc.) who may have been born here in the US but speak the language. Everyone from Mexico and other Latin American nations goes home on a regular basis. Every Indian goes home at least every other year. Just try finding someone here who still speaks Norwegian...
And what's the reason for us to go to Norway anyways? Minnesota is already cold, flat and has many farms. The people even speak with an accent anyways!
I see quite a number of people who fly FI
, along with other Scandinavian destinations. Their flights seem to always be full. NW
service was plagued by the fact that there just isn't a DC-10 full of Minnesotans wanting to go back to the homeland every day of the week or the freight to make it profitable. But a 757 from EWR
, to catch everyone else in America going that way? It's a hit!