It is an honor this morning to be made so welcome in these august pages. It is my belief that most Americans know about Norway only through listening to the radio program A Prairie Home Companion, and think all of my fellowmen back home (and I do mean "men" here) are "Norwegian Bachelor Farmers." This, of course, is not true, though it made for very fine humor. This may surprise you that Norwegians actually have a sense of humor, but we do, though it at times is hard to find. As are Jews in Norway, which I suppose may explain our limited sense of humor.
I would like to take my few moments here to say something about sardines. Sardines are delicious, and full of nutrition, in such a small fish. It's your choice if you like them packed in oil, water or tomato sauce. All complement the sardine well. In fact, you might enjoy them packed with spicy tomato sauce. Most Norwegians like their sardines served on a flatbrøt, but if you don't have any flatbrøt handy (and I understand if you in America don't), then your favorite, tasty cracker will be just delicious, as well. In the end, what matters most above all is the noble sardine.
Thank you for this time, and the warm welcome to America.