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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