Friends of Norway

The Norwegian Club of Victoria


Friends of Norway's 17th of May 2021 Celebration

Sunday 16th May at the Swedish Church in Melbourne 21 St Georges Rd Toorak Victoria

- Sermon. Chaplain Håvard T. Osland from Sjømannskirken - Norwegian Church Abroad will conduct the service.
- aTempo Choir and Jim Schuler will perform.
12- 12.30pm
- Speeches of the day.
- Ja, vi elsker dette landet.
- Happy birthday to our jubilant Olga Viken.
- aTempo Choir and Jim Schuler will entertain with Norwegian songs.
12.30 pm
- Flag parade in the garden of the Swedish Church.
- Serving of traditional 17th of May "delicacies".
- Raffle.

RSVP by 10 May

Due to the restriction on numbers you need to register your attendance within 10th of May with Anecke at Friends of Norway, email: or by telephone, please see Budstikka for details.

You will need to register at your arrival, electronically or in writing, according to Covid safety regulations. It might be a good idea when you register your attendance to advise whether you like to join the celebration outside – or be part of the service as well.

We appreciate if you can help out at the Swedish church. Their usual extra helpers (backpackers) are not available this year. For your assistance please call the Swedish church at ph 9827 5580. Contribution of cakes will be greatly appreciated.

According to current Covid restrictions for public gatherings at the Swedish church, the event can only allow up to 200 attendees, the number includes children 1 year old and up.

President's address

Dear members,
We appreciate your patience in regard to the announcement.
But yes! Adhering to the current Victorian Covid restrictions for public gatherings, our Norwegian National Day celebration is back in 2021! So, it’s time to prepare flags and national costumes (or whatever you feel comfortable in). It’s admittedly been a while since I put on a formal jacket or shirt, but I look forward to a reason to get out of my most comfortable pants and hoodie, which I have been wearing for the last 18 months while working from home.

We are happy to have our Norwegian Chaplain Håvard for the sermon and the aTempo choir performing during and after sermon. Although our loved Boorondara brass band and the parade in the street with police escort are out this year, we will arrange a parade around the grounds for the children and anyone who wants to join, customary speeches and songs, cakes, coffee, a raffle and sausages as usual, and hope for a lovely sunny day with you all. As always, help on the day is appreciated (no commitment ahead of time is required), since students and backpackers are in short supply this year. Please note that the Swedish Church will strictly adhere to the Victorian Covid 19 regulations for public gatherings, which at current time means that we can only host up to 200 attendees, including children 1 year old and up. We are aware that these restrictions still can change. To be able to follow the restrictions on the day of the event, if would be appreciated it you can register within 10th of May with: Anecke at 0492 884 929 (new number), or email:
See invitation in Friends of Norway's Budstikka for further information.
We look forward to seeing you on this very special day.

And, on a special note, this will also be a celebration of a 'for-ever-existing' FON member, and this year’s a jubilant, who will be attending, if possible.
It’s Olga Viken’s 100th birthday! See interview in our members' newsletter Budstikka.

Ole Martin Chapman,
President, Friends of Norway

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We welcome bank transfer with reference: member name to BSB: 633 000 account no: 1077 61959, account name: Friends of Norway. We also accept cheques (forwarded by post to our secretary Anecke Chapman Svensen, see address below), or cash payment at our events.

Friends of Norway 17. mai 2017. Image © Karl Reed.Friends of Norway 17. mai 2017. Image © Karl Reed.
Friends of Norway 17. mai 2017. Image © Karl Reed.Friends of Norway 17. mai 2017. Image © Karl Reed.

Friends of Norway celebrated 17. mai at Toorak House Sunday 14 May 2017. Image © Karl Reed.


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Thank you to our 17. mai raffle and auction sponsors 2018: 50 Degrees North, A Touch of Norway, Liv Baklien and Irene Banksi + Friends of Norway guests attending.

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