Swedes and Norwegians, why no love for the coast? Industrial jobs and the prairie just wouldn’t have done it for me.
But for the Swedes, oh it sure did. By 1910, 20% of all Swedes had their homes in America.
Sweden was losing so much of its population to America that they freaked and created a parliamentary committee about it, which actually did something: universal male suffrage, more education, and plenty of other stuff aimed at combating class inequality.
And it worked! Swedish immigration all but stopped by the 1920’s. Sure, maybe WWI had something to do with it, but social programs are a more cheerful explanation.
Further reading: Swedish emigration to the United States [Wikipedia]