The People of Minnesota – Finns in Minnesota
by Arnold R. Alanen.
An entertaining, detailed look at how Finns impacted Minnesota and how Minnesota impacted them. Minnesota is second among the states in terms of Finnish population. We see their Finnishness in their saunas, their tenacity known as sisu, their log construction techniques, their ethnic organizations, and in place names and cultural markers that link to their homeland. This book also tells the story of the Finland Swedes – "the minority within a minority" – whose members were born in Finland but spoke Swedish and thus straddled two ethnic groups, belonging fully to neither.