You will get a little closer to your ancestors, when you understand the meaning of place names in Sweden. First a word of caution. We want to be careful with making conclusions. The origin of a name might be more complicated than it appears, which is why this post only include some of the
One out of five Swedish emigrants came from Småland. It’s a province (landskap) in the south of Sweden. Many know Småland as the birth location of their ancestor and don’t have any other clues. So let’s have a look at Småland! The Smålander – clever or greedy? “By nature, the Smålander is
Almost every Swede has poor ancestors Most people with Swedish ancestors, have ancestors who were poor. Because every other Swede was poor in 1850. You will see it in the titles. They were crofters, backstugusittare or inhyseshjon, maids, farmhands, and day laborers. Sometimes there’s a
Don't count on a white Christmas in Sweden Did you know that only 15% of Swedes can count on a white Christmas? I grew up with the risk of snow between October and May, so this was a surprise to me. My childhood winters in central Sweden looked like in the photo above from Uppland in 1908.
In our times, when Sweden has been among the top in various global rankings for half a century, it may seem odd that so many Swedes emigrated to America in the 19th century. For instance, in 2017 Sweden was number 8 on the OECD Better Life Index, while the US was number 10 . Why would