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Country United States
State Illinois
County LaSalle
Township Mission
Elevation 640 ft (195 m)
Coordinates 41°27′56″N 88°39′52″W / 41.46556°N 88.66444°W / 41.46556; -88.66444
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 60551 (Sheridan, Illinois)
Area codes 815
Location of Norway within Illinois

Norway, Illinois is an unincorporated community in Mission Township, LaSalle County, Illinois, USA.

Norway received its name for the nearby settlement of immigrants from Norway in this location starting in 1832. When the settlers first arrived in the area, the rolling, treeless plains and hills of the area reminded the immigrants of their home, which led them to name the community, Norway. The village was the sight of an early Norwegian immigrant settlement in the southern part of Mission township. To this day, the community claims the first permanent Norwegian settlement in America. The settlers had in large part relocated from the Kendall settlement in New York State which had been founded seven years before by the pioneers who arrived from Norway during 1825 aboard the Restauration. Norwegian-American pioneer leader Cleng Peerson founded this second settlement in the Fox River Valley of Illinois during 1834.[2][3]

Norway was also at this time a site of missionary work by Mormons which laid the groundwork for later Mormon missions in Scandinavia. [4]

Norway and the neighboring community of Newark, Illinois represent the predominantly Scandinavian heritage of the far Northeast corner of LaSalle County, Illinois, Part of Kendall County, Illinois, and Far Southeast corner of DeKalb County, Illinois.

See also


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Norway, Illinois
  2. ^ History of LaSalle County, Illinois (Michael Cyprian O'Byron. Chicago: Lewis Pullishing Company. 1924)
  3. ^ The First Chapter of Norwegian Immigration (1821-1840) ; Its Causes and Results (Rasmus B. Anderson, Madison, Wisconsin: 1895)
  4. ^ Homeward to Zion: The Mormon Migration from Scandinavia (William Mulder. Univ of Minnesota Press; 2000)

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