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Dalarna

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Dalarna [1], latinized form Dalecarlia, is a province and county in the region Svealand, in Sweden. It has a population of almost 280,000 and mostly consists of smaller towns, except for the two larger ones; Borlänge and Falun.

Cities

The giant Dala Horse in Avesta.


Other destinations

National parks

Understand

One of many lakes in Dalarna surrounded by summer-houses

Dalarna is an important province in the history of Sweden. Several uprisings against foreign and domestic rulers have occurred. The most famous is how Gustaf Vasa, the last remain of the Swedish noble after the Stockholm Bloodbath, hid in Dalarna when the Danish were looking for him. Here he sought support amongst the locals for an uprising against the Danish who now had occupied Stockholm and thereby the control of Sweden.

As nationalism rose in the 19th century, the folk culture of Dalarna became important to national identity all across Sweden.

Talk

As in the rest of Sweden, everyone, except the elderly, speaks some English. When it comes to local language, Dalarna has a special-sounding dialect. Älvdalska, spoken in the north-west, is usually considered a language distinct from Swedish.

Get in

By plane

Flights to Borlänge go from Stockholm, tickets can be booked online at the site of the airline Skyways [2]. Borlänge can also be reached by air from Malmö, Gothenburg and from Oslo, the capital of Norway. Tickets online at Direktflyg [3]. There are also domestic flights to Mora from Stockholm. Tickets available online at the site of the airline Nextjet [4]. All airline sites have booking services in English.

By train

Most cities are reachable by rail, tickets can be bought at the website of the Swedish railway company SJ [5].

By bus

Going by bus is usually slightly cheaper than by train. You can buy tickets at the website of Swebus Express [6] (Available in English).

Get around

Travelling by bus within a city costs 17 SEK (12 SEK for children below 16), and the ticket can be used multiple times in one hour. If you are younger than 20 years old, you can buy a card called "Upp till 20"(Up to 20). With the card you can travel with bus anywhere in the county, even between cities, for a month.

Most cities and towns in the county are connected to the railway-network.

See

Itineraries

Do

  • canoeingIn the region of Tyngsjö is one of the nicest things to do in the Swedish summer.

Information and rental adresses are found in this region south of Malung


  • Skiing. In the northern part of the province there are several popular ski-resorts, such as Sälen and Idre. There's also a pretty big alpine resort i Borlange, called Romme Alpin.
  • Dalhalla. Ranked as the fourth best outside-arena in the world(by Austrian Magazin Festspiele). Located in an old quarry outside Rättvik. During the warmer half of the year lots of concerts and theatre plays are shown here.
  • Kupolen. The largest shopping-mall in the province with over 80 stores and several more nearby, located in Borlänge.

Eat

There are dishes from all over the world available at restaurants. Domestic and international fast-food companies are well established.

Drink

Stay safe

There is nothing in particular to watch out for. Pickpockets may sometimes appear in crowded areas, such as popular markets and shopping malls. Although if you ask a local they'd probably be hard pressed to remember ever hearing about that kind of stuff.

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