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Building Sjölunden

Sjölunden Meets the Challenge


In 2005, Concordia Language Villages began construction of a culturally authentic Village for the Swedish Language Village to ensure that Sjölunden villagers for generations to come have the facilities they need to learn, love, and enjoy the Swedish language. To date, $2.5 million has been secured toward a campaign total of $3.4 million, including a $1 million pledge from the Comstock Land Company of Fargo, N.D. to construct the dining hall.

Join Us!

The Raymond and Florence Berglund Family Foundation has granted us a $455,000 challenge grant to encourage giving by friends of Sjölunden.

The Raymond and Florence Berglund Family Foundation was established in 2004 in St. Paul, Minn. Preserving their family’s Swedish heritage is one of the Foundation’s priorities. This Foundation has made gifts and pledges totaling $1 million to Sjölunden, including this recent challenge grant.

The Village

The intimate atmosphere of a Swedish coastal fishing village near Småland Sweden inspired the architectural design of Sjölunden. Sjölunden joins six other culturally authentic Villages situated on an 875-acre tract of land on Turtle River Lake near Bemidji, Minn.

Vävstugan (the weaving studio) 2007
Båthuset (the boathouse) 2007
Visby* (villager cabin) 2008
Birka* (villager cabin) 2010
Gamla Uppsala (the staff housing unit) 2009
Biblioteket (the library) 2014
Matsalan (the dining hall) anticipated 2016
Sigtuna* (villager cabin) anticipated 2016

* Each cabin is named after an ancient Viking settlement

Help Sjölunden Grow

With your gift to support Sjölunden, we invite you to celebrate the natural beauty of Sweden’s flowers and our continued commitment to the study of Swedish language and culture.

Gifts of $1,000-$4,000 honor Prästkrage-Leucanthemum vulgare Lam.
Gifts of $5,000-$9,999 honor Fläder-Sambucus nigra L.
Gifts of $10,000-$24,999 honor Lin-Linum usitatissimum L.
Gifts of $25,000-$49,999 honor Vitsippa-Anemone nemerosa L.
Gifts of $50,000-$99,999 honor Liljekonvalj-Convallaria majalis L.
Gifts of $100,000-$199,999 honor Gullviva-Primula veris L.
Gifts of $200,000-$299,999 honor Vit näckros-Nymphaea alba L.
Gifts of $300,000+ honor Linnea-Linnaea borealis L.

For more information on how you can support Concordia Language Villages click here.

Concordia Language Villages
Development Office
901 8th Street South
Moorhead, MN 56562