What's the weather got to do with it? - Infant mortality in Northern Sweden during the demographic transition

Our project will investigate how seasonality and weather influenced the mortality of infants in northern Sweden between 1800 and 1950.

Infant mortality has been shown to vary by season, but the contribution of weather variations and social factors is unclear, particularly for pre-industrial societies in a subarctic environment. We will investigate how environmental determinants (seasonality and weather) were related to mortality in infants, and how cultural, social and economic factors shaped this relationship. Our study will highlight interactions of the natural and social environment affecting infant mortality and stillbirths in rural societies living under harsh conditions, and identify the most vulnerable groups. Given the unique historical data available, this project will contribute to the knowledge about long-term trends in climate vulnerability.

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Title of Project

What´s the weather got to do with it? Infant mortality in northern Sweden during the demographic transition

Project Period

01/01/2018 - 12/31/2020

Subject areas

Sociology, Demography, Environmental medicine

Head of research

Lena Karlsson, Department of Sociology

Page Editor: Eva Stoianov

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