Minnesota – North Star State

Facts over Minnesota

State: Minnesota
Abbreviation: MN
Capital: St. Paul
State Since: May 11, 1858
Area Codes: 218, 320, 507, 612, 651, 763, 952
Bird: Common Loon
Flower: Pink and white lady’s slipper
Largest City: Minneapolis
Motto: L’Etoile du nord – The star of the north
Nickname: North star state, Land of 10,000 lakes
Population: 4,919,479
Song: Hail! Minnesota
Tree: Red Pine
Time Zone: -6

Adjacent States:

  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Iowa
  • Wisconsin

Minnesota Travel Information

Minnesota is one of the states of the United States. The standard abbreviation for the “North Star State”, as it is nicknamed, is MN. The capital is Saint Paul, and the largest city is Minneapolis. These cities abut each other on opposite sides of the Mississippi and are called the Twin Cities.

Geography and Climate

The state of Minnesota covers 225,365 km², of which 206,375 km² is land. The state is located in the Central time zone. Minnesota borders Canada to the north, the states of North Dakota and South Dakota to the west, Wisconsin to the east, and Iowa to the south.. The northernmost point of the United States, not counting Alaska, is located on Minnesota’s Northwest Angle Peninsula. Northern Itasca State Park is where the long Mississippi River originates, which forms part of the border with Wisconsin. Furthermore, Minnesota has much larger and smaller lakes, according to some sources more than 15,000. The northeast of the state is located on Lake Boven. Minnesota is quite flat. The highest point is the peak of Eagle Mountain (701 m). Minnesota is known for its harsh climate. On February 2, 1996, at Tower -51 °C was measured, while in the summers of 1917 and 1936 46 °C was reached. There are many Indian reservations, especially in the north of the state.

Demography and economy

In 2000, Minnesota had 4,919,479 inhabitants (22 per km²) of which approximately 70% of the population lives in urban areas. Relatively many of them are descended from German and Scandinavian immigrants. The main cities are Minneapolis, Saint Paul, located west and east of the Mississippi respectively, also known as the Twin Cities, and Duluth in the north of the state. See how many cities are in Minnesota. In Minneapolis you will also find the Mall of Americais the largest shopping and entertainment complex in the USA. MOA is located near Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport and attracts more than 40 million visitors annually. You will find more than 520 shops, a large indoor amusement park, aquarium and more. The gross product of the state in 2001 was $188 billion. Well-known companies from the state are 3M (Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing) and Honeywell, but also NWA, Northwest Airlines, which has been a KLM partner since the early 1990s.

From Minnesota

  • Joshua Cain, Motion city Soundtrack
  • Bob Dylan, singer
  • Judy Garland, actor
  • Terry Gilliam, animator (Monty Python)
  • Sinclair Lewis, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
  • Walter Mondale, politician, vice president at the time of Jimmy Carter
  • Prince, singer


In Minnesota you will find the metropolis of Minneapolis. Together with neighboring Saint Paul, it is also referred to as Twin Cities. The city, like the rest of Minnesota, is rich in water. The Mississippi River runs right through the city and gives the city a unique character. The sights in Minneapolis are endless.



Facts over Mall of America

Category: Shopping
Features: 27 attractions in the Mall of America
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mall of America in Minneapolis

Mall of America is the largest shopping and entertainment center in North America. The mall can be found in Bloomington, Minnesotafind. MOA has more than 40 million visitors, 520 well-known world shops and tax-free shopping on shoes and clothing. In addition, the mall has 50 restaurants and plenty of attractions to keep families entertained for hours. Take a look at Nickelodeon Universe or at the large theme park Sea Life, with no fewer than 27 attractions. You can also discover the underwater world at the Minnesota Aquarium, where you can visit the home of sharks, rays. Also take a look at the impressive underwater tunnel. There are also attractions for even more adventure, such as FlyOver America, where you can experience a 4D flying experience. Don’t forget the Crayola Experience, the Rainforest Café, the Hard Rock Café, the longest zip line in America or the 18-hole mini golf course.

More than 400 events every year

The mall is the perfect vacation destination, just a few minutes’ drive from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, and is adjacent to the International Airport (MPS). The Mall of America hosts more than 400 hundred events every year. These include concerts, writers’ meetings, meet-and-greets with famous people and cultural events. The mall also offers 500 rooms at the Radisson Blu hotel and 342 rooms at the JW Marriott hotel. Both hotels offer luxury accommodations and a package where your purchases are collected in the center.