Historical lecture - the years of famine in the Skellefteå region.


In the latter part of the 1860s, northern Sweden, Finland, and the Baltic states were struck by severe crop failure and famine. After several years of poor harvests, the crisis reached its peak during the 'great famine year' of 1867 when snow still covered the ground in June. 

The barns were empty, and both livestock and the population lacked sustenance. The crisis is sometimes referred to as Western Europe's last severe famine. In the lecture, Elisabeth Engberg, historian at Umeå University, presents new research on how the crop failures of the 1860s affected the population in northern Sweden. With examples from Burträsk, one of the hardest-hit parishes in Västerbotten, we learn more about the background of the crisis, how the food shortage was handled locally, and the consequences the crop failures had for individuals, households, and society in both the short and long term.

FRIDAY, JUNE 28TH, AT 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM PARISH HALL, BRÄNNAVÄGEN 23 Free entrance.

This event is part of Kyrkhelgen (Church Weekend) in Skellefteå. Learn more and find more program points here.

28Jun 19:30 - 20:30

Contact information

Brännavägen 23
931 44 Skellefteå

Organizer: Kyrkhelgen