Come back every day this week to see fun and interesting evidence of the deep, rich cultural ties many Seattle residents have with the Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
SDP salutes Daily City Photo family members: Copenhagen DENMARK, Kongsberg NORWAY, Oulu FINLAND, Stavenger NORWAY, Stockholm SWEDEN, Trondheim NORWAY, and Tungelsta SWEDEN. When you click on their photo links you may notice natural and geographic similarities that helped immigrants from these areas feel at home here in the Pacific Northwest.
This bust of Leif Erikson sits at the entrance of the Leif Erikson Lodge of the Sons of Norway hall in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. It is fashioned after a full statue (which you can see here) made for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair by August Werner. It now overlooks the Puget Sound at Shilshoal Marina. The Leif Erikson International Foundation is currently raising funds to remount the statue as part of the Port of Seattle's marina renovations at Shilshoal. In 1997, Seattle's Leif Erikson Society gave a replica of Werner's statue to Trondhiem, Norway, in honor of that city's 1000th anniversary. Trondheim Daily Photo shows that statue here.