Solvang, Calif., Boasts Proud Danish Heritage

Iconic Communities, On the Road, Trivia
on June 24, 2001
Rob Clement The Solvang (Calif.) Village Band entertains onlookers during the Danish Days parade.

California is a long way from Copenhagen, but the town of Solvang (pop. 4,741) boasts a proud Danish heritage. Founded in 1911 by educators wanting to establish a Danish folk school, the community played host to the future king and queen of Denmark at its 25th anniversary celebration in 1936.