Originally Posted by haha
Agree. Alan is hysterical.
Isoman, my city, Seattle, had and continues to have a very heavy settlement from Sweden and Norway. King Olaf came here to the Ballard neighborhood in 1975 to dedicate a statue to Leif Erickson, at the locks. The Scandinavian sites of Ballard » My Ballard
Many of our fisherman historically and even now are Norwegians, many Swedes came from Minnesota when logging began to slow there, and were a big part of logging our giant first growth forests all along the west side of the Cascade Mountains. They also were early farmers.
Seattle has had a big influx of people from all over the world over the past 30 years or so as our software and high technology industries have come to the forefront, but many areas of the city still have a strong Scandinavian flavor and there are still Leif Erickson Halls, Swedish Centers, Scandinavian dances 4-5 nights a week, etc. My dance partner is a Swede, married to an American man. In Scandinavian neighborhoods all the groceries always have Swedish and Norwegian staples like rye knackebrod, lefse, homemade pickled herring, and lutfisk at the holidays.
You would feel at home here, and many in these neighborhoods will speak Swedish or Norwegian, or sometimes Danish or Icelandic.
My grandfather was a Norwegian immigrant, first settled in what is now a suburb of Seattle after a brief stop in Minnesota. He left Telemark at age 16 because of the famine, ultimately moved to Oregon and became a partner in a sawmill. When I was a child I remember the Scandinavian Hour on the radio.. broadcast in Norwegian primarily. My father remembered when there were Norwegian, Finnish, Danish and Swedish neighborhoods in fishing communities like Astoria, Oregon. He said that the Danes had the BEST parties. Norse Halls still thrive.
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