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The First Rambo? - Finnish and other Nordic Immigration to the New Sweden Colony in the Delaware River Valley – and to Silicon Valley

Lecture | March 23 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Ismo Söderling, Director of the Population Research Institute, Helsinki, & Director of the Institute of Migration, Turku

Institute of European Studies


A sizeable migration from Finland to Sweden took place in the late 16th century. Later, in the early 17th century, hundreds of these, so called Forest Finns were sent to the New Sweden, a settlement founded by the Swedish Kingdom in the area of current Delaware in 1638. However, the actual boom of Finnish emigration to the USA took place in the late 19th century, a few decades later than the migration peaks from other Nordic countries.
Professor Ismo Söderling will discuss the Finnish historical migration to North America, including utopian settlements in the US, Canada and beyond. He will conclude his talk by comparing Finnish migration patterns with those of the other Nordic countries and by examining the current life of Finns in the USA. – And the first Rambo? Please join the talk to find out!


ies@berkeley.edu, 510-643-4558