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Finland-Swedes in Michigan

Mika Roinila

Publication Year: 2012

Who are the Finland-Swedes? Defined as citizens of Finland with a Swedish mother tongue, many know these people as “Swede- Finns” or simply “Swedes.” This book, the first ever to focus on this ethnolinguistic minority living in Michigan, examines the origins of the Finland-Swedes and traces their immigration patterns, beginning with the arrival of hundreds in the United States in the 1860s. A growing population until the 1920s, when immigration restrictions were put in place, the Finland-Swedes brought with them unique economic, social, cultural, religious, and political institutions, explored here in groundbreaking detail. Drawing on archival, church, and congregational records, interviews, and correspondence, this book paints a vivid portrait of Finland-Swedish life in photographs and text, and also includes detailed maps that show the movement of this group over time. The latest title in the Discovering the Peoples of Michigan series even includes a sampling of traditional Finland-Swedish recipes.

Published by: Michigan State University Press

Series: Discovering the Peoples of Michigan Series


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Title Page, Series Information, Copyright, Acknowledgements

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pp. i-vi


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pp. vii-viii

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pp. 1-2

The Finland-Swedes are pre-Viking descendants who settled on the Åland Islands and the coastal margins of today’s Southern and Western Finland. They lived in Finland prior to the 1200s and were part of the Kingdom of Sweden until 1809. For the many thousands of Finland-Swede emigrant...

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Immigration to the United States

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pp. 3-14

Similar to other ethnic groups who found North America to their liking, several waves of emigration affected Finland. The first major wave occurred between 1864 and 1913. The first Finnish emigrants to head to North...

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Finland-Swedes in Michigan

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pp. 15-46

Some of the first people from Finland recorded in Michigan include Fredrick Randall and Fredrika Bremer. Randall was a forty-eight-year-old sailor who was enumerated in the 1850 U.S. Census in Huron County on the shores...

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Finland-Swedish Organizations

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pp. 47-70

Along with other ethnic groups that immigrated to America looking for a new life in the “Promised Land,” where opportunities for economic success were plentiful, many Finland-Swedes were often at a loss when their plans...

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pp. 71-72

Finland-Swedes are a small ethnolinguistic minority that deserves our attention. In Michigan many Swedish-speaking immigrants from Finland established their homes close to other Finnish immigrants, but some differences in distribution in the state exist...


Finland-Swedish Recipes

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pp. 73-82

Famous Michigan Finland-Swedes

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pp. 83-86


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pp. 87-96

For Further Reference

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pp. 97-100


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pp. 101-105

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9781609173258
E-ISBN-10: 1609173252
Print-ISBN-13: 9781611860306
Print-ISBN-10: 161186030X

Page Count: 100
Illustrations: Illustrated
Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: Discovering the Peoples of Michigan Series
Series Editor Byline: Arthur W. Helweg, Russell Magnaghi, and Linwood H. Cousins, Series Editors See more Books in this Series

OCLC Number: 794489803
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Subject Headings

  • Finns -- Michigan -- History.
  • Finland-Swedes -- Michigan -- History.
  • Finland-Swedes -- Michigan -- Social conditions.
  • Finnish Americans -- Michigan -- History.
  • Finnish Americans -- Michigan -- Social conditions.
  • Finland -- Emigration and immigration -- History.
  • Michigan -- Ethnic relations -- History.
  • Michigan -- Emigration and immigration -- History.
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