The database Sweden 1570-1810: population, agriculture, land ownership

Principal investigator(s):

Lennart Andersson Palm - University of Gothenburg, Department of Historical Studies

Abstract:

From an international point of view, Sweden has some partially unique historical statistics, including, among other things, statistics on population growth from 1749 onwards. In the Swedish archives though, there are very rich sources of various kinds, which could provide statistics for periods much further back in time. It is especially important for agricultural statistics, since the official data is not reliable until as late as about 1900. Particularly valuable material in terms of population and agriculture is preserved from the periods around 1570, 1630, 1690. For the period around 1570 and 1630 there are tax records of the number of animals in each parish. As from the first half of the 1600s, it becomes increasingly common with data on the arable land in maps and land surveying descriptions. Around 1690 survey records and maps were established for tens of thousands of farms, in connection with the introduction of the so-called allotment system. From 1736 onwards, hundreds of thousands of inventories of farmers have been preserved. They provide information about the deceased farmers’ ani

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Principal investigator(s):

Lennart Andersson Palm - University of Gothenburg, Department of Historical Studies

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Purpose:

The aim of the project is to create agricultural statistics covering all parishes within Sweden’s contemporary boundaries and the periods around 1570, 1630, 1690, 1750 and 1810, to supplement the population statistics for the same periods already published in 2000 (Lennart Palm, "The population of Swedish parishes and municipalities 1571-1997"). The agricultural statistics will provide easily accessible data for a large number of users, such as historians, economic historians, human geographers, geographers, sociologists, ethnologists, the County Administrative Board’s cultural environment planners, the staff of the Swedish National Heritage Board and of the county museums, as well as pupils working on school projects and local historians.

Abstract:

From an international point of view, Sweden has some partially unique historical statistics, including, among other things, statistics on population growth from 1749 onwards. In the Swedish archives though, there are very rich sources of various kinds, which could provide statistics for periods much further back in time. It is especially important for agricultural statistics, since the official data is not reliable until as late as about 1900. Particularly valuable material in terms of population and agriculture is preserved from the periods around 1570, 1630, 1690. For the period around 1570 and 1630 there are tax records of the number of animals in each parish. As from the first half of the 1600s, it becomes increasingly common with data on the arable land in maps and land surveying descriptions. Around 1690 survey records and maps were established for tens of thousands of farms, in connection with the introduction of the so-called allotment system. From 1736 onwards, hundreds of thousands of inventories of farmers have been preserved. They provide information about the deceased farmers’ ani

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Time period(s) investigated:

1570 — 1810

Geographic location:

Lowest geographic unit:

Parish

Unit of analysis:

Kind of data:

Kind of data format:

Numeric

Sampling procedure:

Total universe/Complete enumeration
Probability: Systematic random

Publications

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Palm, Lennart (2012) Sverige 1690: Åkerbruk, boskapsskötsel, skog, befolkning. Göteborgs universitet. Institutionen för historiska studier.
GUPEA

Linde, Martin (2012) Sverige 1750: Åkerbruk, boskapsskötsel, befolkning. Göteborgs universitet. Institutionen för historiska studier.
GUPEA

Palm, Lennart (2012) Sverige 1630: Åkerbruk, boskapsskötsel, befolkning. Göteborgs universitet. Institutionen för historiska studier.
GUPEA

Palm, Lennart (2013) Sverige 1570: Åkerbruk, boskapsskötsel, befolkning. Göteborgs universitet. Institutionen för historiska studier
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Linde, Martin. Palm, Lennart (2014) Sverige 1810: Befolkning, jordbruk, skog, jordägande. Göteborgs universitet. Institutionen för historiska studier
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If you have published anything based on this study, please send a notification with a reference to your publication(s) to snd@snd.gu.se.

Dataset SND 0910-002

Version 1.0:

2014-03-31 doi:10.5878/001683

Agricultural statistics on parish level, 1630

Citation:

Lennart Andersson Palm. University of Gothenburg, Department of History (2014). Agricultural statistics on parish level, 1630. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0. https://doi.org/10.5878/001683

Kind of data:

Variables:

61

Languages:

Data: Swedish

Dataset SND 0910-001

Version 1.0:

2014-03-31 doi:10.5878/001684

Agricultural statistics on parish level, 1570

Citation:

Lennart Andersson Palm. University of Gothenburg, Department of History (2014). Agricultural statistics on parish level, 1570. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0. https://doi.org/10.5878/001684

Kind of data:

Variables:

45

Languages:

Data: Swedish

Dataset SND 0910-003

Version 1.0:

2014-03-31 doi:10.5878/001685

Agricultural statistics on parish level, 1690

Citation:

Lennart Andersson Palm. University of Gothenburg, Department of History (2014). Agricultural statistics on parish level, 1690. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0. https://doi.org/10.5878/001685

Kind of data:

Variables:

62

Languages:

Data: Swedish

Dataset SND 0910-004

Version 1.0:

2014-03-31 doi:10.5878/001686

Agricultural statistics on parish level, 1750

Citation:

Lennart Andersson Palm. University of Gothenburg, Department of History (2014). Agricultural statistics on parish level, 1750. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0. https://doi.org/10.5878/001686

Kind of data:

Variables:

55

Languages:

Data: Swedish

Dataset SND 0910-005

Version 1.0:

2014-08-18 doi:10.5878/002159

Agricultural statistics on parish level, 1810

Citation:

Lennart Andersson Palm. University of Gothenburg, Department of History (2014). Agricultural statistics on parish level, 1810. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0. https://doi.org/10.5878/002159

Kind of data:

Variables:

94

Languages:

Data: Swedish