Swedish Americans

By: Allysa Mooren

Sweden

Have you ever heard of St. Lucia day? St. Lucia Day is a tradition from Sweden. It is on December 13. Although St. Lucia day is one tradition, I thought the most intriguing tradition was the "Name Day Calender". My name day is September 6th! Swedes don't only like to celebrate your "birth" day, they also celebrate your "name" day! They last updated the name day calender in 2001, and will update it again in 2015.

A Little Bit About Swedes!

During the 19th and 20th century, when a lot of people immigrated to the United States, about 1.3 million, the main cause that they immigrated here was for low cost and high quality farm lands in the upper midwest. But one more close reason is for high paying jobs in mechanical industries and factories. They also came here for regular reasons like religious freedom, lower taxes, etc. Here there was good crop, where in Sweden there was crop failures!


Have you ever heard that North America has 528.7 million people? Sweden doesn't even have half of that! There are only 9.2 million people that live in sweden! Here are some facts about Sweden:


1.) A popular souvenir is the road sign for moose-crossing. Each year a lot of these are stolen.

2.) The Nobel prize ceremonies are held in Sweden and Norway each year on December 10th.

3.) On average, Women from Sweden have their baby's when their 30 years old.

4.) Sweden has the highest number of McDonalds resteraunts.

5.) The first ice hotel in the world was built in Sweden.

6.) Stockholm is the largest city, and capital of Sweden.

Swedish Holidays

  1. New Years Day
  2. Epiphany
  3. Good Friday
  4. Easter Sunday
  5. Easter Monday
  6. International Workers Day
  7. Ascension Day
  8. Pentecose
  9. National Day of Sweden
  10. Midsummers Day
  11. All Saint's Day
  12. Christmas Day
  13. Boxing Day

This is Sweden's National Anthem.

Du Gamla Du Fria

Abba

Abba was a famous band from Sweden
Abba - Dancing Queen

Plättar


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons

    canola oil

  • 1 large

    egg, higher omega-3 egg if available

  • 1/2 cup

    egg substitute

  • 2 cups

    low-fat milk

  • 1/2 cup

    unbleached white flour

  • 3/4 cup

    whole-wheat flour

  • 2 tablespoons

    sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    ground cinnamon, optional

  • canola cooking spray

  • jam, flavor of your preference

  • powdered sugar, optional


Instructions


  1. In a blender, combine canola oil, egg, egg substitute, milk, flours, sugar, salt, and cinnamon (if desired). Blend on medium speed until batter is smooth (1-2 minutes).
  2. Heat a skillet until very hot. Coat with nonstick cooking spray. For each pancake, drop 1/8 cup of batter into skillet. When the edges brown lightly (about 30 seconds), use a spatula to flip the pancake over and cook the other side another 30 seconds. Remove the pancakes to a plate and repeat with the remaining batter. For super-large pancakes, use 1/4 cup of batter instead of 1/8 cup.


About Me!

I'm Allysa and I chose Sweden because I am half Swedish. If you don't know me, here's a little bit of my favorite things! Color: black, Animal: tiger, BFF: Keegan, Food: Pie, Sport: Basketball