European Ancestors – Migration Series (16) – Migration Numbers for the Nordic Region

European Migration Series
© Julie Goucher, August 2022

This post is part of a series about European Migration. You can read the complete series HERE.

Migrational figures from across the Nordic region are interesting. Migration to other parts of Europe, North America, South America and Australia during the period 1830 – 1939 are as follows:

  1. 300,000 from Denmark
  2. 300,000 from Finland
  3. 800,000 from Norway
  4. 15,000 from Iceland
  5. 1.3 million from Sweden.

There were a number of examples and situations  that fall into Push and Pull factors, and more on those in subsequent posts, but there are some examples relating to early migration from this region.

In the early years, migrants tended to go in groups, here is a few examples:

  • Movement of people to Nordic colonial lands in 19th Century
  • Norwegian settlers that migrated to New York State 1825
  • Followers of Erik Jansson founding the colony of Bishop Hill, Illinois.

Migration later on, became more individual and these were likely migrating for work, and often intending to return home., though whether they did or not is a different matter.

Image created by Julie Goucher, 2022

The fictional four volume series, known as the Emigrant Novels  by the Swedish author, Vilhelm Moberg captures this beautifully.

  • Book 1 – The Emigrants
  • Book 2 – Unto a Good Land
  • Book 3 – The Settlers
  • Book 4 – The Last Letter Home

The series is available for Kindle.

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies. Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies/surname courses as well as Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe.
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