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Agriculture

There is a long tradition of agriculture in the Pasvik valley. In the 1800s, Finns and Norwegians settled in the fertile valley. Outlying land was cleared, and farming was and still is an important industry for many people in the valley.

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New settlements

In the mid-1800s, many Finns and Norwegians moved to the area. Most established themselves with farms, combined with other livelihoods such as small-scale fishing, gathering and reindeer herding. Migration to the area continued, many children were born, and in 1900 there were over 200 people living along the river and in the Langfjord valley. However, some people gave up the attempt to settle the land and left the valley.

Modern agriculture

Today, there are many farms along the length of the Pasvik valley. The farms of today are large, modern and varied. Farmers keep cattle, pigs, horses and also cultivate the land. Potatoes, carrots and a wide selection of other vegetables are also grown. There are several nurseries, and some people cultivate herbs and have small-scale production of spices.

Flere bønder i Pasvikdalen driver med gris. (Foto: Anne Mette Bjørgan, Sør-Varanger Avis)
Many farmers in the Pasvik valley raise pigs. (Photo: Anne Mette Bjørgan, Sør-Varanger Avis)

 

 


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