Swedish immigration and culture in Argentina

The largest immigration in Latin America was concentrated in Argentina.

The largest immigration in Latin America was concentrated in Argentina.

THIS WILL BE THE TOPIC of a presentation by Dr. Jane Florine, a Chicago Chapter Member, who will give her talk at the Swedish American Museum in Andersonville next month.

WHERE Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640

WHEN March 13, 2016, 4:00pm- 5:30 pm


RSVP via email to museum@samac.org


Swedish American Museum In Andersonville, Chicago

Most Swedish Americans know that in the late 19th and early 20th centuries many Swedes immigrated to the United States–especially to the upper Midwest–but almost none know that some Swedes also immigrated to South America during this same time period. Most of them settled in Argentina. Oberá, in the northeastern Argentine Province of Misiones, was the largest Swedish colony in Latin America. To this day, many Swedish traditions are maintained in this town. The Nordic ethnic group of Oberá participates in the National Immigrant Festival held in this city, where it keeps its Scandinavian traditions alive by presenting Nordic dance, music, and food at the event.

In her presentation, Dr. Florine will discuss Swedish immigration to Argentina and its cultural legacy there.

Jane Florine has lived and worked in Argentina. “Although I was a full-time symphony musician (flutist) at the time, I often played flute at the Swedish Church for services, cultural events, and recitals. Since I am of Scandinavian heritage, this experience got me interested in Swedish immigrant music and culture in Argentina” Dr. Florine said.

Her presentation will largely consist of photographs and informal commentary. The talk will include historical information about Swedish immigration and settlement in Argentina—the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


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