Swedish American: Minnesota Social Life

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Preserving Swedish Heritage in Minnesota

Cambridge, Minnesota

Cambridge, Minnesota is notable for having the highest percentage (24.7%) of Swedish Americans of any city in the United States with a population of over 5,000 according to the 2000 U.S. Census.

Cambridge hosts the Cambridge Swedish Festival annually.  For details see: http://cambridgeswedishfestival.com/

Lindström, Minnesota

Lindström’s slogan is “America’s Little Sweden”. Daniel Lindström was one of the first settlers in the area. Another who came with him was Erik Norelius, whose personal journals documented in part, formed the basis of Vilhelm Moberg’s novels of the Swedish emigration to the United States, The Emigrants. The two main characters in Moberg’s novels were Karl Oskar and Kristina Nilsson.

The City of Lindström celebrates Karl Oskar and Kristina annually by having "Karl-Oskar Days". This event takes place mid-July and there are many activities including the Coronation for "Karl-Oskar Princess", parades, a street dance and fireworks. There is still a statue of Karl-Oskar and Kristina in Lindström as a tribute to the early Swedish emigrants. For more information on this cultural event see http://www.chisagolakes.com/kodays/

Vasa Order of America

The Vasa Order of America is a benefit fraternal society which began more than a century ago to help Swedish immigrants learn the new language, the ways of the new country and share problems. Now Vasa helps share and preserve the rich heritage and values of the “Old Country.” To learn more see http://www.vasaorder.com/aboutorg.htm .

The Vasa Order of America in Minnesota is in District 7. There are 6 local lodges. For more information see: http://www.vasaorder.com/districts/district7.shtm