We are always looking to expand our network of Norwegians abroad, and we are very pleased that Edwin is now a part of our team. Here you can get to know our new Representative in New Mexico:


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How old are you and where do you come from?
I am 61 years old, originally from New Jersey (Metro New York area), but now live in central New Mexico east of Albuquerque and south of Santa Fe.

What is your connection to Norway?
My Maternal grandmother left Holmetrand 1902 for NYC! Maiden Name Anna Helene Jakobsen. Married Olaf Gundersen in NYC (Grimstad). He worked for the Columbia Yacht Club in the city. Was killed by a 1st generation Swede Socialite driving his car drunk around 1907. Anna was really depressed and went back to Holmestrand with her children. Stayed 6 years and returned to NY in 1916.
Edwin has visited his native Holmestrand in Norway five times since 1999.

Do you have a family and what do you enjoy doing on your spare time?
My sister Patty Burke lives in Naples, Florida. Mother of two daughter Candace and son Kenny who both are married with two children each.
I am a fan of Thor Hushovd and Edvard Boasson Hagen the Norwegian Cycling Champs. I am a former bicycle racer here in New Mexico so these two really interest me.

Anything else you would like to share?
My maternal connection and remembering the generation that came over from Norway sparks my interest in Norway.

Do you live in the New Mexico area and want to get in touch with other Norwegians? You find Edwin’s contact info here
Edwin is also President of the Scandinavian Club of Albuquerque.