Sweden, Does anyone use description of death?

+4 votes
Not really a question but I was wondering if anyone wanted a look up table of names of old Swedish reasons for death, cross referenced to modern English names?

I found a list that seemed nice.


in The Tree House by Kalle Pihlajasaari G2G1 (1.3k points)
edited by Kalle Pihlajasaari
That's an exceptionally helpful website. I particularly like their pages on name and spelling reforms.

2 Answers

+3 votes

Hello! Thank you for sharing this website. FamilySearch.org has a great page with Swedish reasons for death. Here is a link to all things Swedish:


Here is the link to Swedish words including death reasons:


Thank you!

Missy smiley

by Missy Berryann G2G6 Pilot (122k points)
+7 votes

You could also check if you can find what you are looking for here; Sjukdomar och dödsorsaker / Illnesses and causes of death in Sweden 

by Maggie Andersson G2G6 Pilot (128k points)


Thank you for sharing the word list on WikiTree! I am ashamed to say that I did not know it existed. blush

I have a special hobby horse among causes of death, which is moderpassion or modren or similar. It is often made into a synonym of hysteria, which I find totally inappropriate - a connection made by, I think, 19th century medicine between psychosomatic and mental disorders in women and the uterus.

What is recorded as moderpassion in the old church records will be any of the potentially lethal disorders of the female reproductive system that could affect a woman, apart from deaths directly related to child birth, for which there were other terms available.

Edit: Hans Högman does not list moderpassion at all (I think) but the FamilySearch list has moderpassion = hysterical fits.

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