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The typical Norwegian farm has a traditional layout, namely a main house, a barn and very often a stabbur (=small house for storing food), all placed around a square yard. On larger farms the barn often is build in a 90 degrees angle. There may be other buildings too, depending what kind of farming they are doing, but this is the basic.

The image illustrates this well, as you can find all three buildings there. You may notice the residential unit is quite large, because this often is a two generation dwelling. That is an old tradition still alive, that the former generation has the legal right to live on the farm as long as they like.

Concerning buildings, in the olden days things were a bit different though. Then there were a number of small buildings covering special functions like laundry, blacksmith, baking and things like that. That kind of services is not found on contemporary farms.

A hundred years ago and more you could find a number of farmhands, but today a farm normally is a family enterprise where hired help is needed only for peak seasons.

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Additional Photos by Pablo Minto (pablominto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9892 W: 315 N: 14432] (53746)
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