Welcome to Dalarna
Many of the things that people consider as truly Swedish, in and outside the country, have their origin and home in the province of Dalarna. Its people, culture and geography attracted artists and authors from other parts of Sweden and Europe, as early as the turn of the century. The environment still make people visit Dalarna and the hospitable people make them all welcome.. Dalarna has several museums where the old way of life can be studied.
It is the land of old customs and traditions set in a beautiful landscape, where the hazy mountains are a shimmering background to the picturesque red cottages. The province is not only beautiful, it also offers lots of opportunities for all kinds of modern sports and recreation, summer as well as winter.
Dalarna has a rich wildlife. In Orsa you can see wild bears and wolves at Grönklitt Bearpark. The Eagle-owl is the provincial animal.
The Spreading bellflower is the provincial flower but the harebell is also claimed to be the flower of Dalarna.
The geography offers great possibilities for activities such as camping, river-rafting,fishing,hunting, walking and canoeing. You can also practice sports like tennis and golf and in the winter, skiing.
In the 11th century the extracting of copper began in Falun. The mines in Falun were to become the most important industry in Sweden and at its peak, in the 17th century, two thirds of the European demand was satisfied by the mines in Falun.
Sweden, as a great power, dominated Northern Europe in the 17th century. The expenses of warfare and administration during this era were financed by the mines in Falun. The copper made the people in Dalarna to a political force and they are well-known for having participated in several rebellions in the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th century.
The future is represented in Dalarna by modern industry and in Borlänge there is the Museum of the Future and Planetarium.
The biggest company in Dalarna today is STORA, which comprises mines, forests and wood processing industries and powerstations.
Useful information This is Sweden About this information E-mail