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Sheep shelter

On the island of Gotland sheep shelters were built for the free ranging sheep that were out all year round.

The word for sheep shelter, lambgift, in Swedish derives from the words for sheep - lamb and gift - gift and is the name for a place where the animals were fed and sheltered from the winter storm.

Keeping sheep was an important part of the islands economy. The wool were made into yarn and cloth and was exported far and wide. The wool from Gotland lambs is exceptionally warm and water repellant.

The shelter on Skansen was built in timber and originally stood on Fårö, the island north of Gotland. The house was bought and rebuilt on Skansen in 1911.