At Lakselaget (Salmon Club) DC Chapter we are professional women who swim against the current and college and university students who are also Norwegian, of Norwegian descent, or are interested in contemporary Norwegian issues and all things Norwegian who are located in the metropolitan Washington DC area. We meet the first Saturday of each month October through May to network, mentor, eat salmon (and other Norwegian delicacies), and enjoy information from a variety of noteworthy, fascinating and fun speakers. Topics range from the arts to health, to history, to sports, to heritage and beyond.

Lakselaget's founding chapter in Minnesota, offers scholarships to Norwegian students who wish to study in Minnesota or the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks or Minnesotans desiring to study in Norway. It is also open to providing grants to Minnesota professional women who have the opportunity to intern in Norway and, of course, to Norwegians interning in Minnesota. The grants are meant to supplement wages lost for experience gained. More information is available here 

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"Invandrene: Refugees and Immigration in Norway

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“Invandrene: Refugees and Immigration in Norway” is our topic for our March meeting. Our distinguished speakers are Knut Vollebaek, former Ambassador of Norway to the United States (2001-2007) and his wife Ellen Vollebaek. They will share with us their perspective on how Norway has handled an influx of refugees into Norway.

Ambassador Vollebaek has also served on the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, and is currently serving on the Board of Commissioners on Missing Persons. He has considerable experience observing how other countries handle refugees, as conduits and as final destinations.

Ellen Vollebaek has been a Senior Advisor to the Research Council of Norway, a government funded national strategic and funding agency for research activities, and a chief source of advice and input into research policy for the Norwegian Government.

Both Vollebaeks are actively involved through their church community to provide services and experience to refugees seeking to immigrate into Norway. This will be a fascinating inside view from diplomats who have influenced public policy, and actually worked with refugees.

We will 30 minutes of their time, followed by questions/answers from the audience for another 10-15 minutes.