Newspaper Western Viking begins publishing on June 1, 1961.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 7/04/2001
  • Essay 3411

On June 1, 1961, the newspaper Western Viking, serving Seattle's Norwegian community, begins publishing in the Ballard neighborhood. The month before, in May 1961, Western Viking acquired the Washington Posten, a Norwegian-Danish weekly published in Seattle since 1889.

The Western Viking is today (2003) the largest Norwegian newspaper in the United States. It is a weekly bilingual newspaper published under the editorship of Kathleen Knudsen who succeeded her father, Alf Knudsen. The paper subsumes a number of previous newspapers: Decorah Posten, Ved Arnen, Minneapolis-Tidende, Minnesota Posten, Washington Posten, Norrona, and Skandinaben.

The paper's offices are located at 5420B Barnes Avenue NW, Seattle.


Polk's Seattle City Directory, 1961/62 (R. L. Polk and Co., 1961/62), 94; Marlene Mitchell, "Washington Newspapers: Territorial and State: a Bibliography and Checklist," MA thesis in Communications, 1964, p. 171, 179; University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; Washington State Union List of Newspapers on Microfilm ed. by Gayle Palmer (Olympia: Washington State Library, 1991), p. 390. 425; University of Washington Library Catalog; Nordic Heritage Museum archives; Western Viking Website (

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