Swedish Language Village

At Sjölunden, you’ll experience a taste of Sweden in the north woods.

Swedish Language Village

Food

<p><i>Pannkakstårtor med svenska flaggor </i>(pancake cakes with Swedish flags).</p>

Pannkakstårtor med svenska flaggor (pancake cakes with Swedish flags).

Food

Sample traditional Swedish food as well as international cuisine enjoyed in modern Sweden. Köttbullar (meatballs), västkustsallad (west coast seafood salad), ärtsoppa och pannkakor (pea soup followed by everyone’s favorite: pancakes), and lussekatter (Lucia buns) are a few examples of traditional Swedish fare. Swedes enjoy food from around the world, so don’t be surprised if pizza or pad thai show up on the menu.

Sailing

<p>Two villagers and an instructor rigging the sailboat for an afternoon of sailing.</p>

Two villagers and an instructor rigging the sailboat for an afternoon of sailing.

Sailing

Swedes take advantage of the long summer days by spending time outdoors, and sailing is a favorite activity. With our fleet of five sunfish boats and experienced instructors, villagers can learn to sail while learning Swedish. Feel the wind in your hair as you glide across the water and finish with a quick dip in the lake.

Crafts

<p>Credit villagers using floor looms to weave rag rugs.</p>

Credit villagers using floor looms to weave rag rugs.

Crafts

Sweden is known for its handicrafts and we offer villagers a wide range of creative activities. Vävning (weaving) is offered in our weaving studio across a variety of traditional and modern floor and table looms. Villagers can also sample dalmålning (folk painting), täljning (whittling), ljusstöpning (candle dipping) and many other craft activities.

Music

<p><i>Allsång</i> (singing time) in our outdoor dance pavilion.</p>

Allsång (singing time) in our outdoor dance pavilion.

Music

Did you know that Sweden is the third largest music exporter in the world, after the US and the UK? At Sjölunden, we fill our days with song, including anything by ABBA, modern hits that topped the US charts (The Hives, Peter Bjorn and John, The Ark), and even some traditional folk tunes. You’ll hear music in your cabin, in the dining hall, and during Allsång (song time).

Holidays

<p>Credit villagers dressed up as <i>Sankta Lucia</i> and her attendants ready to deliver fresh baked <i>lussekatter </i>(Lucia buns) to sleeping villagers and surprise them with songs.</p>

Credit villagers dressed up as Sankta Lucia and her attendants ready to deliver fresh baked lussekatter (Lucia buns) to sleeping villagers and surprise them with songs.

Holidays

Celebrate with us! Every summer we celebrate a full year of Swedish holidays. Enjoy a traditional julbord (Christmas feast) and expect a visit from Sankta Lucia (St. Lucia), who comes bearing lussekatter (St. Lucia buns). You may experience a påskmarknad (Easter market) or get invited to a kräftskiva (crayfish party). Swedes love to celebrate and so do we!

Programs

Day Camps

Family Weeks & Weekends

Unplug and spend quality vacation time relaxing and laughing in another language with your family during a ​Family Fun Weekend.

Why Learn Swedish?

There are many reasons to learn Swedish! There are more than 10 million speakers of Swedish worldwide. Knowing Swedish helps you connect with Swedes living around the world, as well as with speakers of Norwegian and Danish.

Meet the Dean

Emily Kajsa Pyenson is dean of Sjölunden, the Swedish Language Village. She has been on staff at Concordia Language Villages since 2000 and was a villager for seven years. She is fluent in Swedish and has studied Swahili, Polish and German.