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Local Memorial Service to be Held for Norway Victims

Thursday morning Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman met with members of the Norwegian community and signed a book of condolences for the victims of the massacre there last week. 

Locals will get a chance to sign the book at a memorial being held Thursday night. The community is invited to take part in the service to be held at 7 p.m. for the victims of the bombing in Oslo and shooting spree at a nearby youth camp. The event will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, 111 N. Torrey Pines Drive. 

The service will be conducted primarily in English but will include Norwegian elements. Local Norwegians who own traditional folk wear called “bunads” are encouraged to wear them.

“This tragedy has profoundly affected Norwegians the world over,” said Erik Pappa, president of the Vegas Viking Lodge of the Sons of Norway, which organized Thursday’s memorial service. “We felt it was important to come together as a community to remember the victims and to reflect on what happened. We are confident that Norway will ultimately emerge a stronger and better society.”

The 2000 U.S. Census showed 21,333 Norwegians, 21,404 Swedes, 11,024 Danes and 2,540 "Scandinavians" living in Clark County for a total of 56,301 Scandinavians. Ethnic data for Clark County has not yet been released from the 2010 Census, but the County’s overall population has grown some 46 percent since 2010. If the Scandinavian share of the population has remained constant, Clark County would be home to more than 80,000 people who claim Scandinavian heritage.

More information about the memorial may be found on the Vegas Viking website at www.VegasViking.com.