The American Swedish Institute (ASI) this week hosted three northern Swedish provincial governors, two university presidents, and cultural leaders as part of the delegation’s visit to the upper Midwest in efforts to “follow the trek of their immigrants.”
“The American Swedish Institute is honored to welcome this distinguished delegation during their visit to the United States,” said ASI President and CEO Bruce Karstadt. “Their visit to ASI reflects a mutual interest in ensuring ties between Minnesota and Sweden remain vibrant and strong.”
Visiting delegates included:
Governor Barbro Holmberg of Gävleborgs län, (Sweden´s former Minister of Migration)
Governor Britt Bohlin of Jämtlands län (recognized national defense expert)
Governor Bo Källstrand of Västernorrlands län, (former head of Swedish Energy)
Dr. Maj-Britt Johansson, President of Gävle University College
Dr. Anders Söderholm, President of Mid-University
Mr. Görgen Antonsson, national folkfiddler
Mr. Örjan Hans-Ers, national folkfidder and manager of the Gävle Symphony Orchestra
Ms. Katarina Ceder Bång of Hälsingland, Tourism Director
Mr. Mats Forslund of Jämtland, Tourism Director
Mr. Olle Lundgren, Jämtland Provincial Planner and tour organizer
The Swedish delegation started their tour on May 26 at the American Swedish Institute, and spent Memorial Day in “Mobergland” around Taylors Falls and Chisago Lake, MN. They also visited Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, started by Hälsingland immigrant, Erik Norelius.
On May 29, the delegates convened for a morning of meetings at the American Swedish Institute. Swedish national folkfiddlers Görgen Antonsson and Örjan Hans-Ers entertained visitors dining at FIKA, ASI’s café, with a surprise concert.
The delegation’s visit to the upper Midwest also includes stops in Stratford (Swede Bend) Iowa, a symposium on Regional Sustainable Development at Augustana College (IL); the Jenny Lind Chapel at Andover, and concludes at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago on June 1.