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Fun with Maps - Tour de France

In this special episode of Fun with Maps, host Dan Hanson looks at the map of the most famous bicycle race in the world, the Tour de France. Dan admits that he knew very little about the Tour de France outside of hearing names like Greg LeMond and Lance Armstrong and about the yellow jersey. But while flipping through TV channels he saw some of the race and became hooked.

The peloton is particularly intriguing with the large group of riders mere inches from each other and the individual and team strategies for drafting and more. He also learned about the significance of not just the yellow jersey but the green, white and polka dot jerseys. The 2022 Tour de France (going on right now) began on July 1 with the Grand Départ in Denmark, the 10th country to host a start. With about 5.8 million people in Denmark about 9 out of 10 Danes own a bicycle and there are about 12,000km of bike routes across the country. There are 673,000 bikes just in the capital city of Copenhagen which has been named the world's best cycling city.

In this video Dan touches on the history of the race and some of the countries it has passed through. He is looking forward to the final stage in Paris on July 24 as the cyclists ride down the Champs-Élysées.

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My birth name was Thomas Henry Sello. My Family was Danish. In 1940 my Father died and I was adopted along with my twin sister, and my name was changed to Thomas Martin Osborn. I am seeking Family photos. Sello Family and Henricksen Family were member of the Our Savior’s Rocky River Lutheran Church. I believe I’m the last member of our Sello Family. In Denmark it was Zello.


Santa Lucia Celebration

The Swedish Vasa community hosted a Swedish Lucia celebration on Saturday, December 8, at 4 p.m. at Church of the Saviour in Cleveland Heights. The program began with a winter concert of the Vasa Voices, directed by Judith Higbee, singing traditional winter and folk songs in Swedish. Following the vocal concert, the Lucia procession took place.

Santa Lucia procession 2018 in Cleveland by the Swedish community

Lucia procession 2018

More photos from the Swedish Santa Lucia Celebration

Leif Erikson Day 2018

The Scandinavian community of Cleveland, including those from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland gathered at the bust of Leif Erikson in front of Shooters in Cleveland's Flats to celebrate Leif Erikson Day.

Posing for photos with the Leif Erikson bust

Leif Erikson was a Norse explorer regarded as the first European to land in North America (excluding Greenland), nearly 500 years before Christopher Columbus.

Catherine Jorgensen McCutcheon modeled a tradional Norwegian costume or bunad as she led the toast

Catherine Jorgensen McCutcheon

See photos and a video of the 2018 Leif Erikson Day in Cleveland

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Lucia Fest

The Nobel-Monitor Lodge #130 Vasa Order of America hosted their annual Christmas and Lucia Fest on December 6, 2015. Highlights included the songs by the Vasa Voices Choir and the Lucia procession and songs by the children.

Santa Lucia procession

Lucia Procession

Santa Lucia Procession and Songs

Vasa Voices Choir of Nobel-Monitor Lodge #130 Vasa Order of America

The Vasa Voices Choir of Nobel-Monitor Lodge #130 Vasa Order of America performed at the 2015 Christmas and Lucia Fest in Highland Heights (Cleveland) Ohio.

Vasa Voices Choir

Vasa Voices Choir

Vasa Voices Choir

Oktoberfest in Scandinavia

The Octoberfest events in Scandinavia are very popular, and not only among local beer lovers! A Scandinavian Octoberfest is a great celebration when the warm weather diminishes in fall. Despite the name "Oktoberfest", most Oktoberfest events start in September.

Oktoberfest in Scandinavia


Easter in Scandinavia

Quite a peculiar national tradition in Norway is solving crimes during Easter. Publishers churn out series of books known as "Easter Thrillers" or "Påskekrimmen". Even the milk cartons change during the Easter season to have murder stories on their sides!

"Pääsiäinen" in Finland is celebrated with Easter egg hunts for the children. The hard boiled, chocolate, or candy eggs are hidden in the house or garden. Children also walk between houses, handing out twigs or decorations in exchange for a few coins.

In Denmark, there is a unique "Påske" tradition of sending teaser letters with little poems anonymously on Valentine's Day. If the recipient guesses who sent the poem, he or she receives the reward of an Easter egg.

In Sweden, children dress up as Easter witches with long skirts, colorful headscarves, and painted red cheeks. They go to neighboring houses presenting drawings in hopes of getting sweets in return. Folklore says the witches fly to "Blåkulla" (Blue Mountain) to meet the devil.

Another "Påsk" tradition is to place feathers on small branches of willow or birch in a vase.

By Karen Chilcote


2012 Leif Ericson Day celebration in Cleveland

Bengt Gerborg with Viking Hat in front of bust of Leif Ericson

Bengt Gerborg with Leif Ericson bust

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Organizations and Resources for Danes in Cleveland

J.Christian Langmack, Honorary Consul
Royal Danish Consulate

Judy Stoiner, Assistant
13400 Glenside Road,
Cleveland, OH 44110

Phone: 216-541-0500
Fax: 216-541-5005

Danish Embassy in Washington

3200 Whitehaven Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C, 20008-3683

Tel: (202) 234-4300
Fax: (202) 328-1470

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Once the seat of Viking raiders and later a major north European power, Denmark has evolved into a modern, prosperous nation that is participating in the general political and economic integration of Europe. It joined NATO in 1949 and the EEC (now the EU) in 1973.

However, the country has opted out of certain elements of the European Union's Maastricht Treaty, including the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), European defense cooperation, and issues concerning certain justice and home affairs.

(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)

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