Halsingland:
wood, luxury and art on the farm

In a comparatively small area of northeastern Sweden, bordering the Gulf of Bothnia and known as Halsingland, are a concentration of 7 - out of more than a thousand in total! - richly decorated, timber farmhouses and associated farm buildings. Set in long, fertile valleys, the structures reflect the peak of prosperity for the agricultural landscape in the 19th century and importantly, the social status of its farmers.

They used the surplus from their exploitation of flax and woodland to build substantial new houses with entire buildings used solely for festivities. The farmers commissioned artists to decorate the interiors and reflect their social status in the spirit of local tradition. Combining local architectural and folk art traditions, the farms are recognised as a site of outstanding interest and as such were included UNESCO’S World Heritage List in 2012, joining 15 other recognised sites in Sweden.

From beyond | Published on: 18 June 2013
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