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There are many smaller units of residence which compose a parish in Scandinavia. These smaller units are commonly referred to as villages and/or farms. The Swedish term for village is "by" and the term for farm is "gård". A village is generally composed of several farms and is usually located nearer the center of the parish where the church is commonly found. An individual farm could be located at a greater distance from the parish and usually is populated by several families rather than a single family.

There are a number of Swedish gazetteers that can be helpful when looking for a listing of villages and farms in Sweden.  To learn more about these gazetteers click here


The Swedish alphabet has 3 extra letters not found in the English alphabet, they are: Å å, Ä ä, and Ö ö. The Å, Ä, and Ö are after the Z in alphabetical order. Keep this in mind as you search the gazetteers for place names.


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