A lot has changed since 1850 The Swedish emigration started 170 years ago. A lot has changed in the world since 1850. Sweden may be one of the countries that have changed the most. When you think about Sweden today, it’s not obvious what life was like for our ancestors. Many things are
Can you imagine being forced by law to leave the farm your family has lived on for generations? That was the reality for many Europeans in previous centuries. Sweden implemented land reforms in the 1700s and the 1800s. The last one was laga skifte. If you haven’t stumbled upon the term before, it
Lucia in memory of saint Lucy Swedes celebrate Luciadagen, St Lucy's Day, on 13 December. You have probably heard of it before, but what is it? It is an event in memory of the catholic saint Lucy, Lucia. Originally, St Lucy's Day fell on winter solstice. This was when Sweden followed the
A farmer’s daughter in Västra Klagstorp parish, Malmöhus County (Scania), 1902.
1903: The tower of the medieval castle Kärnan is in the background with the square Stortorget in Helsingborg, Scania, in the foreground. Kärnan is believed to have been built in the 1310s under the Danish king Eric VI Menved.
Andrarum Alunbruk, Andrarum Parish, Malmöhus County, 1910. The Alum works would close two years later.
Schoolyard 1906 in Fru Alstad Parish, Malmöhus County (Skåne).
1902: Smiths at dinner in Västra Klagstorp Parish near Malmö, Scania. Notice that they eat from the same bowl. The caption doesn't say what they are having, but it looks like it's not enough.
Roadwork in Malmö 1912. The photo is from a magic lantern slide.