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date: 23 July 2018

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This article discusses the history of witchcraft prosecutions in the five Nordic countries: Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland, all of which were involved in European witch-hunts in the early modern period. Prosecutions in the entire region reached a peak between 1620 and 1660, although trials took place both in earlier and later periods. There are no exact figures for the number of individuals formally charged with witchcraft in one form or another, but almost 1,200 death sentences have been recorded in such cases.

Keywords: witchcraft trials, witchcraft prosecutions, Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland

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