About This Place
Scandia is a city in Washington County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 3,936 at the 2010 census. Scandia is located 25 miles northeast of Saint Paul, Minnesota, and is part of the Twin Cities Metro Area.
As evidenced by the town's name, Scandia has a rich Scandinavian heritage. Scandia was the site of what is believed to have been the first Swedish immigrant settlement within the State of Minnesota. In 1850, the first log cabin was built on the shores of Hay Lake. The first sanctuary of Elim Lutheran Church, was built in 1856 on a site near Hay Lake.
After many years as New Scandia Township, Scandia became a city on January 1, 2007, due to concerns about the community being annexed by the city of Forest Lake. The city is serviced by a weekly newspaper, the Country Messenger.