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''[[Sweden|Sweden]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Sweden Census Records|Census Records]]''
    
A census is a count of the population taken by a government primarily for demographic or taxation purposes. No regular census records (in direct comparison to the U.S. Censuses) are found in Sweden. Population registration was done through the household examination records ([[Sweden: Household Examination Records (Husförhörslängder)|''husförhörslängd'']]), the annual Mantals tax ([[Swedish Mantalslängd|mantalslängd]]), and the real estate tax on the farms (jordeböcker).  
 
A census is a count of the population taken by a government primarily for demographic or taxation purposes. No regular census records (in direct comparison to the U.S. Censuses) are found in Sweden. Population registration was done through the household examination records ([[Sweden: Household Examination Records (Husförhörslängder)|''husförhörslängd'']]), the annual Mantals tax ([[Swedish Mantalslängd|mantalslängd]]), and the real estate tax on the farms (jordeböcker).  
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When you do a literal translation of the Swedish term befolkning to English, you might just think census. But the term "census" can be misleading as censuses were performed in different countries in different ways. For example, an American, Norwegian or Dane might assume that a "Swedish census" was done on the same day, of the same month,  every year which was never the case in Sweden.  
 
When you do a literal translation of the Swedish term befolkning to English, you might just think census. But the term "census" can be misleading as censuses were performed in different countries in different ways. For example, an American, Norwegian or Dane might assume that a "Swedish census" was done on the same day, of the same month,  every year which was never the case in Sweden.  
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Rather than using the term "census" for your source citation in Swedish research, consider using the name of the Swedish record instead. This way others will know exactly what you looked at.  
 
Rather than using the term "census" for your source citation in Swedish research, consider using the name of the Swedish record instead. This way others will know exactly what you looked at.  
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