Humleodling i Kronobergs län
: En studie av 1600-talets geometriska kartor

Translated title of the thesis: Hop cultivation in Kronoberg county: A study of 17th century geometric maps
  • Julia Johansson

Student thesis: Bachelor


This thesis will examine the extent to which hops were grown in Kronoberg County during the 17th century by studying geometric maps. The purpose is to map out the occurrence of hop plantations and investigate what the decisive factors for that distribution were. The study also aims to investigate the housing needs of hops.
Previous studies show that the natural conditions were an important factor for where hops were grown. Studies of hop farms during the 17th and 18th centuries show, among other things, a connection between hop farms and rural subdivision.
Maps found in Lantmäteriet's and Riksarkivet's digital archive, from a total of 82 parishes, were studied. The parishes were divided into the following categories: "Maps found, hops found", "Maps found, hops not found" and "Maps not found". Whether there was a connection between hop cultivation and rural affiliation was investigated by comparing the results with a landscape analysis of Kronoberg county made by Landskapsprojektet 1998.
The results showed that out of the 82 parishes, hop cultivations could be found in 36 of them. In the parishes where hop cultivations were found, 72 out of 155 farms had hop cultivations noted in the maps. The results regarding housing needs of hops show that none of the 37 farms studies produced hops below housing needs. 8 of the farms produced hops for household needs and 29 produced hops over household needs.
The studies show a concentration of hop plantations in the eastern parts of Kronoberg and a lack of hop around the bigger cities. Some of the contributing factors to this pattern may be a specialization in agriculture and a connection between hop cultivation and precipitation.
Date of Award2021-Dec
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorJoachim Regnéll (Supervisor) & Nils-Olof Svensson (Examiner)

Educational program

  • Landscape Science Programme

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Other Earth and Related Environmental Sciences (10599)

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