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2018 has been a year of momentous elections in Sweden and America. As newly-elected representatives decide upon issues of immigration, social policies, and globalism, we reflect upon the histories of progressivism and human rights that have pushed both countries onto the world stage today.                                                   

“It was very rare for Nordic Women to walk the rose-colored path [to greatness] …”

-Dr. Hanna Rydh, Women in the Ancient North, 1926

“The Jenny Lind mania still continues, like a snow ball, which – crescit eundo – grows larger as it rolls.” – “Jenny Lind in the Metropolis,” The New York Herald, September 5, 1850

You can tie nearly everything that the American Swedish Historical Museum does to the word ‘home.’ Our founder sought to celebrate the Swedes who had made America their new home, we preserve and interpret the artifacts used within our ancestors’ homes, and we remind Swedes and Scandinavians that, among friends and family at our cultural celebrations, they should consider the Museum as another home.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence. Finland is situated in Northern Europe, bordered by Sweden in the west and Russia in the east, and is counted as one of the Nordic countries together with Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. The Finnish–Russian border, at 833 miles long, is the longest border between a European Union country and the Russian Federation. Finland has been a member of the EU since 1995.