Between 1825 and 1925, 800,000 Norwegians left their homeland for the shores of North America.
A third of Norway's population made the journey across the Atlantic to forge a new life in the New World. They found their promised land in the Midwest, where 55% of Norwegian Americans now live, and especially in the state of Minnesota, which is home to 868,000 people of Norwegian descent.
But those early days were a leap into the unknown. People choosing to abandon a Europe that bore little relation to the largely free, tolerant and liberal continent of today, were gambling with their lives.The ocean crossing was perilous and meant leaving behind friends and family for an uncertain future.
Produced by Glenn Meling
Mixed by Steve Honest, Hackney Road Studios, London
Mastered at Air Studios, London