Whether it’s the meatballs or pancakes with lingonberry jam for dinner, or a visit to IKEA, Swedes in the United States will go to great lengths to get a little taste of home every chance they can. But did you know that the U.S. can offer so much more than just IKEA and imported foods when it comes to experiencing Sweden?
In this article, we’ve listed a few things you can do and places you can visit to get yourself a taste of Sweden and Swedish culture within the borders of the United States.
Spend time at Lindsborg, Kansas – Little Sweden
Walking through the streets of Lindsborg, you’ll find buildings and infrastructure that are inspired by Swedish architecture. A sweet detail is the Swedish flags that you can see waving outside local businesses and stores. The majority of the population in Lindsborg, Kansas has a connection to Scandinavia in one way or another, so striking up a conversation about Sweden with the locals can’t go wrong. Many will even share riveting tales of how their Swedish ancestors ended up in the United States.
However, the cherry on the top in Lindsborg must be the large Dala horse in the middle of the city center. Being one of Sweden’s national symbols, it is the perfect homage to the country.
Head to Wausa to celebrate Swedish Smorgasbord
The Swedish community of Wausa in Nebraska hosts a big Smorgasbord event every year. If you are interested in traditional Swedish dancing, music, and food, this is where you need to be. The event usually takes place in October every year, with the pandemic coming to an end, we are crossing all our fingers and toes that it will be back on this year.
Spend an evening at Andersonville, Chicago
Head over to the Swedish American Museum to learn more about the history behind the Swedish mass migration during the 1800s and 1900s. Walking around Andersonville, you’ll also see Swedish restaurants and cafés such as Tre Kronor, and Bennison Bakery.
North Park University which is right across the street from Tre Kronor restaurant is a Swedish founded university with heavy influences from Scandinavia. Definitely wort a visit if you are in the neighborhood.
Swedish land-based casinos in the United States
While gambling has been prohibited in large parts of the United States, casinos and gambling has been practiced since 1934 in Sweden.
A few land-based casinos based in the hearts of the U.S. have a heavy focus on Swedish or European games such as European Roulette. Some of the cities and places where you can try your hands upon the real brick-and-mortar casinos are Atlantic City, New Jersey, Las Vegas.
If you’re unable or unwilling, to make your way to any of the cities and states where casinos can be found, there are always online options. There are various online Swedish casinos and games that can offer the best gaming experience. After all, the Nordics are famous for their games and successful gamers and which provide. To get the full encyclopedia of casinos – either land-based or online, you can always visit the Swedish site casinofox.se.