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The beautifully designed and built opera house in Norway


Associate Professor Claudia Berguson says PLU’s link to Norway informs the values carried through its mission. The university’s heritage isn’t just a relic of the past, but an identity inherited for the present and the future.

A shop owner in Oslo, Norway

Multiculturalism in Norway

The people at the center of three distinct stories of multiculturalism in Norway share one common desire: belonging despite difference. Read about three Lutes and a museum director on the ground in Oslo who are dedicated to that deeply rooted truth.

The Nobel Peace Center building in Norway

Greater Tacoma Peace Prize

Two years before he founded the only local peace prize in the nation, Thomas Heavey ’74 was in the middle of a war. Learn how he joined forces with a cohort of other Lutes to launch a unique organization honoring local peacemakers.

Peace Scholars Cate Rush ’19 and Austin Beiermann ’18

Lutes Broker Peace

Every year since 2011, PLU has sent two Lutes to Norway as part of its summer Peace Scholars program. The Lutes learn about peacebuilding and dialogue, bringing what they learn home to apply it on campus and beyond.

Tall yellow trees surround long walkway in Oslo, Norway

Våre Røtter: Our Roots

More than a century after PLU was founded by Norwegian immigrants, the university maintains its connection to the founders’ homeland through study away programs. A ResoLute writer and photographer traveled to Norway in the fall to get a glimpse of our roots — våre røtter — through the eyes of students.

Hilde Bjørhovde at her job Aftenposten in Norway

The Mooring Mast to The Evening Post

When Hilde Bjørhovde ’80 returned to Norway, fresh out of PLU’s journalism program, her home nation had one television station. Now, she’s a senior reporter at the country’s leading newspaper, which finds itself at the center of the digital media revolution.

Sirine Fodstad

Around the World in 17 Years

Sirine Fodstad ’97 spent nearly two decades traveling the world for work. But her story starts and ends in Norway, where she is the global human resources director for the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund.