Swedish Tradition

Wendy Dahring

Tradition and preservation of a national heritage is what makes the Swedish culture what it is today. This culture is not only a reflection of what is found in the lives of the Swedish people, but also what has been built upon through influence from other countries such as England, Finland, Germany and Russia. This culture does not only exist in Sweden but also the United States as well with over 1.5 million who have immigrated in recent years (1). Many are here in Minnesota. The Swedish culture exhibits a spirit of friendship and a mentality to look toward the future while also preserving the past.
The history of Sweden has deeply rooted itself into the natural environment. The end of the ice age brought most people to this area of Europe and maintained a cyclical way of life that followed the seasons, holidays and personal preferences of the new immigrants. When most people think of Sweden, the first thing that comes to mind is the Vikings. The Vikings have had an amazing impact on the history of Sweden due in part to their employment as traders and founders of some of the greatest cities of medieval Russia (1).
After two centuries when Sweden was on an economic rise, the power of the Vikings in Sweden was replaced by the agricultural industry. Two prominent figures in Swedish history are King Gustav Vasa and Gustav II Adolf. Sweden is a constitutional monarchy. Both men were instrumental . . . . . .

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