Statare

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Interior of cabin. Photo: Nordiska museet

Statare were married farmworkers in Sweden who received payment primarily in kind.[1] The system existed mainly in southern Sweden and reached its maximum extent in the late 19th century. Thereafter the system gradually declined until it was formally abolished in 1945.[2]

These agricultural laborers were generally viewed as being on the lowest rungs of Swedish society. Their lives were described by prominent Swedish novelists and writers such as Ivar Lo-Johansson, Jan Fridegård and Moa Martinson.[2]

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  1. ^ stat Nordisk familjebok (1917), via Runeberg.org, retrieved 6 April, 2013
  2. ^ a b statare Store Norske Leksikon, retrieved 6 April, 2013 (Norwegian)

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