Neighborhood kids mug for the camera as they enjoy snacks provided in Peavy Park during the Syttende Mai (17th of May) celebration. Photo: Liv Dahl
Ethnic Event in the Capital
of Norwegian America
Made up of the city of Minneapolis and its
suburbs, the Fifth District of Minnesota has a uniquely
prominent Scandinavian presence among its ancestry groups. No
other large urban area in the world -- outside of Norway --
contains such a high proportion of residents who claim
Norwegian ancestry. The 1990 census revealed that people of
Swedish and Norwegian descent comprised the third and forth
largest populations of the District. Other ethnic groups are
represented in the District's make-up: German-Americans,
Polish- and Italian-Americans, Romanian and German Jews,
Native-American and African-American communities share in the
District's diverse populations.
Norwegian-Americans celebrate the cultural legacies
they have bequeathed the city in the form of public observances of
Syttende Mai (Constitution Day - May 17th) and
during visits from the Norwegian royal family. These two
specifically Norwegian events in 1999 had quite significant
inter-ethnic dimensions: Norwegian-Americans and the visiting
Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon both reached out to share their
heritage with the city's diverse peoples and explicit address the
need for tolerance, mutual acceptance, and cooperation.
Originally submitted by: Martin Olav Sabo, Representative (5th District).
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