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Central Sweden

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Central Part of Sweden

Central Part of Sweden
Central Part of Sweden

Area: Roughly said: the province of Dalarna and northwards untill the border of Västerbotten.

Dalarna is a county full of historical traditions, more numerous and stronger traditions then in many other part of the country. Here the Swedes go when they want to se a "real" midsummer-feast or enjoy truly genuine Swedish folklore and fiddler music. It is no coincidence that The Folklore Symbol of Sweden is a Dalahäst (= Dala Horse) and it is produced in Nusnäs and only Nusnäs in Dalarna.

The main important industrial factor in this region has for many centuries been the copper mine in Falun. The company "STORA", that is using the mine, was founded in the 10th century and it is the oldest existing company in the world. An interesting spin off product from the mine is the red paint. This was originally a "waste" and not thought about for hundreds of years. That colour "Falu r?df?rg" (Falu red paint) is now by far the most used colour on houses throughout Sweden and has become a national symbol. Because of the high concentration of certain ingredients, the colour is a good conservator. And it is inexpensive! And as during 16th and 17th century red was seen as an "up class" colour, used only by the nobility, the country folk of course started to paint their huts and houses RED. Swedes are like that; they don't allow anyone to stick out too much ;-)

Interesting points to see in the area are:

  • Falun Copper mine On the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
  • Lake Siljan
  • Rättvik and the view from top of viewing tower.
  • Sälen: winter ski resort and nice hiking area in summer.
  • Home of the painter Carl Larsson.
  • Vasaloppet: the largest and longest cross country ski race.
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