Gavle and Borlänge, Sweden

Gavle, Sweden

Not much in Gavle.  Coffee and a burning goat?  It was founded in the 1400’s.

“Gävle is mostly known for the coffee called Gevalia, produced by Kraft General Foods Scandinavia and exported under multiple brand names. Gevalia is particularly popular in the Americas. Gevalia produces dozens of unique flavored coffees for the United States that are not available to its customers in Europe, but visitors to the factory can sample many of the premium blends.”

Borlänge, Sweden

If you have a Swedish heritage, your descendants may have come for the major emigration to the US in the 19th and 20th centuries.  Interesting what happens when church rules the “state”…people leave…

“In 1898, Borlänge was granted privileges by the national Swedish government as a town of its own (Swedish: köping), with about 1 300 inhabitants, but still today it belongs to the Church of Sweden‘s regionally-historically dominant parish of Stora Tuna, centered on a large medieval cathedral by that name (meaning great enclosed farmyards), now located in a rural district east of the city.[2] In the 1900’s, Stora Kopparbergs Bergslag, then the owner of the ironworks in Domnarvet, built a papermill in another village, Kvarnsveden, also next to Borlänge. Many area residents emigrated to the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.”

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