7Are we certain about the dog being man’s best friend?
This beautiful 1940s photo shows the close connection between two Norwegian Fjord horses and Alf Larsen – son of Sara and Lars A. Larsen. The location is one of the slate quarries in Friarfjord, Lebesby, Finnmark, Norway.
6The bliss of Norwegian mountain pasture
A Norwegian Fjord horse and a young cow on summer pasture. The location is Jotunheimen and the year is 1968.
Historically, the Norwegians sent most of their livestock to the mountains or forests during the summer months. There, the animals fed on everything that Mother Nature had to offer. The first proper summer pasture animal-headcount took place in 1907. Here is an overview of the results:
- Summer dairy locations in use: 44 239
- Horses: 17 050
- Dairy cows: 186 987
- Bulls: 8 358
- Young cattle: 79 562
- Sheep: 367 805
- Goats: 142 319
- Pigs: 6 172
In 1907, the human population was 2.3 million – and 60% of the people lived in rural areas.