Minnesota is also described as the land of 10,000 lakes, a name that
already suggests what visitors can expect here. A total of 11,842
lakes are distributed in this idyllic area of the USA.
of the state, based on French colonialism, is "L'Étoile du Nord",
the star of the north. Another nickname is The Ghopher State. The
term gopher describes the thirteen chipmunk, which serves as the
mascot of many sports teams at universities.
When you hear the name Mississippi, you think primarily of the
Mississippi Delta, which is spread across several southern states of
the USA. In fact, this mighty river originates from Lake Itasaca
here in northern Minnesota. The Mississippi covers 2,780 kilometers
from here to the Gulf of Mexico.
- Area: 225,171 sq km
- Population: 5,519,952
- Abbreviation: MN
- Capital: Saint Paul
- Local time: UTC -6
- Nickname: North Star State
Minnesota, the northernmost state after Alaska
Many visitors to the USA have other, supposedly more
spectacular states such as Nevada, California or Arizona on their
screen when planning their trip to the USA. However, if you are
looking for peace and relaxation with sporting activities in
a beautiful natural setting, if you want to enjoy setting, you
should plan Minnesota as a travel destination.
The landscape is of forests, prairies, low mountain ranges, lakes
and rivers. Minnesota does not have spectacular mountain landscapes
like the Grand Canyon. For mountain fans, a hike through the
well-developed low mountain ranges is always worthwhile.
However, this land of 10,000 lakes also has a superlative to
offer: America's largest shopping mall, which also bears the
appropriate name "Mall of America". 48 of the 51 states share the
contiguous mainland, with Minnesota forming the northernmost
part. The state is above the 49th parallel. Only one state is
further north than Minnesota: Alaska.
In Minnesota is the "Upper Lake", the largest of the five large
North American lakes. After the Caspian Sea, the Upper Lake is the
largest inland body of water in the world that stretches across
Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. On the other side of the lake is
the Canadian province of Ontario. Other neighbors are the Canadian
province of Manitoba and the states of Iowa, North Dakota and South
Economy and Infrastructure
The economy has changed a lot over the past 200
years. Originally, the state was mainly shaped by agriculture and
forestry. However, economic activity developed over time towards
the industrial and service sectors. In the United States, Minnesota
is one of the largest producers of corn, sugar beet and peas. With
the Pine Bend Refinery, Minnesota has the largest petroleum refinery
in the United States.
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is the tenth largest
airport in the United States. However, local public transport is
concentrated in some larger cities. Therefore, half of the residents
in the Minneapolis-St. Paul based. While there is still room for
improvement in this infrastructure, health care in Minnesota is
extremely good. Medical care is guaranteed by an extensive network
of hospitals and medical practices. The world-famous Mayo Clinic is
based in Rochester.