The Homeland of Migrating Groups - Scandinavia

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The Homeland of Migrating Groups - Scandinavia

Millions of emigrants left the Scandinavian mainland from the northern regions of the European continent, changing ships in England and crossing the Atlantic. Attracted by the economic perspectives of the United States, Finnish migration really took off in the second half of the 19th century. At the turn of the century, another development resulted in an immigration peak. Finns were subject to repression and discrimination as a result of the harsh ‘Russification’. This was forced upon them by the Russian Tsar in order to convert the empire’s outskirts to Russian culture. When positive stories about America from earlier emigrants reached them, many couldn’t resist the call and emigrated to a country in which it was easier to maintain their own culture than it was back home.
A similar thing happened in Denmark after 1864, when Prussia took over almost a quarter of Danish territory and implemented laws to decimate Danish culture. Most people however, emigrated hoping to become more prosperous. Norwegians and above all, Swedes, made up most of the Scandinavian emigrants. Migration boomed after the 1860s. More and more Norwegians and Swedes were drawn to the cheap farming lands in America’s new states and territories, resulting in a great concentration of Scandinavian immigrants in the upper Midwest.

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