The Swedish emigration to America started in the early 19th century. At the end of the 1860s, Sweden experienced bad harvests due to weather conditions. This, in combination with religious intolerance, calling ups for military services, high population growth and poverty, resulted in more than more than 1.5 million Swedes emigrating to America after the US Civil War.
In the US 1880 Census, the number of “svensk-amerikaner” (Americans of Swedish descent) was about 800,000. Around 1900 Chicago had the second largest Swedish population of any city in the world; only Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, had more.
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