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Dag Wirén: National Swedish Treasure

By Ray St Jonn / December 16, 2017

If the name Dag Wirén doesn’t conjure up any melodies for you, do not feel bad. Outside of Sweden, not many people have treated themselves to (or been aware of) the musical creations of Dag Wirén. Collectors of modern and eclectic classical music most likely know his famed Serenade for Strings, Op. 11, although he […]


Swedish Countess Eva Ekeblad

By SwedishFreak / July 10, 2017

Born July 10th, 1724, Eva Ekebald would have turn 293 years old today.  Google has taken to update their Doodle in honor of Countess Eva Ekeblad. Thank you Google for pointing out this amazing Swede! So what exactly did she do? Potatoes where introduced to Europe in 1658 by Spaniards, from the Andes in South […]


A Quick History of Swedish Music

By SwedishFreak / January 19, 2017

While stalking Sweden online (it is what I’m doing for a living, woot!), I came across the amazing American Swedish Institute.  It is actually a museum, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a museum I managed to completely miss when I was visiting family in Minneapolis! If you are in Minneapolis, do not miss out on the American […]


Lucia for Dummies

By SwedishFreak / December 4, 2016

One thing I absolutely love about the Swedish government is how informative they are about Sweden! In researching a bit about St Lucia, I found a video that gives you the breakdown you need for Lucia in Sweden. AKA, Lucia for Dummies!  I’m glad I watched it too, because I was forgetting something important.  What is needed […]


Texas Church Founded by Swedes Celebrates 100 years

By SwedishFreak / November 16, 2016

We can’t forget that this great country was founded by Swedes! A small town in Texas, remembers as their Bethel Lutheran Church celebrates 100 years. In 1916, Augustana Synod sent Pastor O. H. Sylvan to Lyford, Texas to start the Bethel Lutheran Church there.  Members met in homes, as the building wasn’t built until later. The […]


Alexander Samuelsson & The Coca-Cola Bottle

By SwedishFreak / March 18, 2016

The United States is founded on immigrants. Not surprisingly, many immigrants came from Sweden.  SvD wrote a great article about the Swedish Immigrants that left an impression on the United States during the 1800 and 1900’s. The one that stands out the most, that has an effect on not only the United States, but also the […]


Swedish Leap Year Means Girls Propose to Guys

By SwedishFreak / March 1, 2016

Well, at least it used to! Apparently, back in the day, leap year (which was celebrated on the 24th because, well, the calendar to calendar conversion rates don’t always work) day was the one day a girl could propose to a guy. This was, of course, back in the day before there was equality in Sweden. […]


From Stockholm to South America

By Guest Blogger / November 12, 2013

We’ll never know if there were any native Swedes among the crews of Vikings that were the first Europeans to set foot in the Americas, but later waves of Swedish migrants arriving in North America aboard the famous liners of the Cunard Line were among the main settlers of the Mid-Western United States, helping make […]

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