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Dr. Tove Dahl (left) spends a moment enjoying the new sculpture dedicated in honor of her 25 years of service at Skogfjorden, the Norwegian Language Village.

An Exciting Summer at
Concordia Language Villages

Four dignitaries, a new language, 500 pounds of pasta, and a giant paper clip are all in a summer’s work for Concordia Language Villages. Two ambassadors and two consuls general visited the Villages during the summer of 2003. His Excellency Knut Vollebaek, the Ambassador of Norway to the United States, visited Skogfjorden, the Norwegian Language Village. Wolfgang Ischinger, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, visited Waldsee, the German Language Village. Eugenio Sgrò, Italian Consul General in Chicago, visited the Language Villages’ Bemidji facilities. And Jukka Leino, Finnish Consul General in New York visited Salolampi, the Finnish Language Village, on the occasion of its 25th anniversary. All four diplomats wanted to strengthen the ties between their countries and the Language Villages.

Concordia Language Villages also expanded, offering its 13th Language Village, Italian, at Lago del Bosco. Italian and Italian-American organizations and companies have lined up to support the new venture with scholarships, endorsements and, in one case, a truckload of pasta. Colavita, a producer of delicious pastas, olive oils, and sauces, donated 500 pounds of pasta for the Italian Language Village. From lasagna to conchiglie the pasta came in nearly 15 different varieties.

Dr. Tove Dahl, the Norwegian Language Village dean, celebrated 25 years with the Villages. As a special recognition for Dahl, a huge paperclip, which functions as a park bench, was installed at Skogfjorden. The paperclip is a Norwegian invention and was used widely in Norway during World War II as a sign of resistance to Nazi Germany. Since Norwegians were not allowed to wear buttons with the Norwegian king’s initials, they fastened paperclips to their lapels.

To learn more about Villages, sessions, and dates in 2004, click here.

Global e-Linked
Electronic Newsletter - Fall 2003


Kitchen staff from Lago del Bosco, the Italian Language Village, prepare delicious Italian cusine using Colavita pasta.