Business with the Emigrants
In Sweden, too, emigration was a thoroughly organized line of business, which was supported by the Swedish railroads and the passenger traffic over the Atlantic. By the end of the 1860s, there was a network of emigrant agents spread out across the country telling the Swedes about the “land of milk and honey”. Other sources of information on the possibilities abroad came in form of letter sent home from former emigrants and articles in the newspapers. Contrary to most of the other European countries, illiteracy was relatively low in Sweden due to the Lutheran Church and the Elementary School Act of 1842 so that at least the younger generation was able to write and read.