For a long time, Sweden was a very poor country. For a few decades during the early 20th century, there was a genuine population crisis, as the country was being drained of its young, skilled people, who were all choosing to board ships to cross the Atlantic and find new lives for themselves. Those who stayed behind, or at the very least, their children, experienced the modernisation of Sweden, and its development into a shining example of beauty and innovation. One of these stories is the story of Swedish glass. This industry was born in Småland, one of the regions that had suffered the worst during the hard times. It was here that the glass industry came into full swing in an explosion of glass foundries, which were all competing to show off the most beautiful, wondrous, and amazing pieces. There were many stars born in those days, but once the 90s came around, production had been simplified and economised, and relocated to other countries. A heroic era was coming to an end, one that would eventually turn out to be the beginning of another story.