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The Lutheran newspaper Hemlandet (1855) relocated to Chicago from Galesburg, Illinois, in 1859, and was rivaled by the more secularly oriented Svenska Amerikanaren (1866).
Both newspapers reached Swedes across America and in Sweden.
Networks of friends and relatives eased the transition to urban life, helping newcomers find housing, jobs, and social connections.
After the 1880s, Swedes relocated to newer settlements away from the older enclaves in the central districts of the city.
Chicago became an important center of the Swedish American press.Although the Swedish settlement remained small for the next two decades, reaching 816 people in 1860 and 6,154 in 1870, it represented the largest single cluster of Swedes in the United States.During the 1870s, the Swedish population in the city doubled, outnumbered only by the German, Irish, and British immigrant groups.During the early decades of Swedish immigration, Chicago served as a gateway to settlement in agricultural areas of the Midwest.