Marriage patterns and residential behaviour among Norwegian women in Amsterdam, 1621–1720

H.L. Sommerseth, P. Ekamper, S. Sogner

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Using marriage banns registers from the Amsterdam City Archives, this study identifies the demographic and spatial behaviour of Norwegian female immigrants to Amsterdam, a city that witnessed rapid economic and population growth during the seventeenth century. The article approaches the topic by making: (1) an ethnic distinction between mixed Norwegian/non-Norwegian unions and homogeneous all-Norwegian unions, as well as (2) a distinction by husband's occupation in these unions, whether at sea or on land. Like all women in Amsterdam, Norwegian women experienced a general pressure in the marriage market around 1675, though a somewhat lower pressure for homogeneous unions with sailors. Occupation may explain the residential pattern, suggesting that work defined neighbourhoods more than ethnicity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-209
JournalContinuity and Change
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • SSCI
  • marriage patterns
  • residential behaviour
  • Norwegian women
  • Amsterdam
  • 1621–1720


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