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Swedish governors and university presidents are visiting Minnesota

They’re hoping to “follow the trek of their immigrants.”

A high-level contingent from Sweden is visiting Minnesota and the Midwest this week, on a quest to “follow the trek of their immigrants.”

The group includes three northern Swedish provincial governors, two university presidents, and cultural leaders. On their tour:

  • The American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis
  • “Mobergland” around Taylors Falls and Chisago Lake
  • Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter,

 The also have stops in Stratford (Swede Bend) Iowa, a symposium on Regional Sustainable Development at Augustana College; the Jenny Lind Chapel at Andover, and the Swedish American Museum in Chicago.

The delegation includes:

  • Gov. Barbro Holmberg of Gävleborgs län (Sweden´s former Minister of Migration)
  • Gov. Britt Bohlin of Jämtlands län (recognized national defense expert)
  • Gov. Bo Källstrand of Västernorrlands län, (former head of Swedish Energy) 
  • Dr. Maj-Britt Johansson, President of Gävle University College
  • Dr. Anders Söderholm, President of Mid-University
  • Mr. Görgen Antonsson, national folkfiddler
  • Mr. Örjan Hans-Ers, national folkfidder and manager of the Gävle Symphony Orchestra
  • Ms. Katarina Ceder Bång of Hälsingland, tourism director
  • Mr. Mats Forslund of Jämtland, tourism director
  • Mr. Olle Lundgren, Jämtland provincial planner and tour organizer

Gov. Mark Dayton will lead a trade mission to Europe in June, which will include a stop in Sweden, as well as Germany and Norway.