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Swedesburg, Iowa
Swedesburg, Iowa
Swedesburg, Iowa
Swedesburg, Iowa is located in Iowa
Swedesburg, Iowa
Swedesburg, Iowa
Location in Iowa
Swedesburg, Iowa is located in the United States
Swedesburg, Iowa
Swedesburg, Iowa
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Iowa
County Henry
 • Total 2.30 sq mi (5.97 km2)
 • Land 2.30 sq mi (5.97 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
732 ft (223 m)
 • Total 99
 • Density 42.97/sq mi (16.59/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
FIPS code 19-76800
GNIS feature ID 462147

Swedesburg is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in northern Henry County, Iowa, United States. It was first listed as a CDP prior to the 2020 census.


Swedesburg lies along the concurrent U.S. Route 218 and Iowa Highway 27, north of the city of Mt. Pleasant, the county seat of Henry County. Its elevation is 732 feet (223 m).

Although Swedesburg is unincorporated, it has a post office with the ZIP code of 52652.


Swedesburg was originally built up chiefly by Swedish immigrants. They first arrived in the region in the 1860s after a wave of migration to the nearby Jefferson County in the 1840s.

Swedesburg had a population of 86 in 2000.

Attractions & Landmarks

  • The historic Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church is located in the community.
  • Swedesburg has a museum, the Swedish American Museum, which commemorates the community's Swedish heritage. It is housed in the former Farmers Union Exchange Building, a structure which dates from the 1920s.


The nearest rail connection is at Mount Pleasant, around ten miles to the south.


The author Bill Bryson mentions Swedesburg in his 2006 memoir, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid. Bryson recalls seeing Swedesburg from a distance whilst visiting his grandparents in nearby Winfield in the 1950s, and reflects how the heritages of settlements such as Swedesburg were affected by the policies of Governor William L. Harding, which resulted in the decline of European languages in the state.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2020 99
U.S. Decennial Census


The Mount Pleasant Community School District operates local area public schools.

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