In 1800 the majority of the people on Funen (and in Denmark as a whole) were farmers. Only a few crafts - and no trading - were permitted in the country. Crafts and trade were the privileges of borough towns. Farming was based on self-sufficiency and only the surplus was sold on the local market days. The act on free trade, industrialization, new technology and the cooperative movement all contributed to the change the economic structure markedly in the 19th century.

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Business before 1800

Developmen in the 1900th century

Technical progress

Other rural businesses

Market and money

Harvesting with a machine. The earliest mowing machine came to Funen in the 1850s, and in 1878 the reaper binder was introduced. It was to become the single most important harvesting machine for many years.


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