The province of Dalarna is located in the middle of Sweden, bordering Norway in the west. Translated this is the provinces of the dales or valleys. This is a forest with mountains, lakes, and never-ending forests. It is a part of the historical core region of Svealand or Sweden proper and has played several important roles in the country’s history. Especially by housing and supporting the soon-to-be Swedish king Gustav Vasa, who had fled to the province during the revolt against the Danish king Cristian II at the beginning of the 16th century. Sweden was at this time a part of the Kalmar Union, which was ruled by the Danish king.
Dalarna has a population of around 284.000 inhabitants and is today for most parts a part of Dalarna County. The province is famous for winter sports, with Alpine skiing available in the resorts in the west and the annual long-distance cross-country skiing race Vasaloppet (90 km from Sälen to Mora).
Largest City: Borlänge
Province Flower: “Blåklocka” and “Ängsklocka”, Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia) and Spreading bellflower (Campanula patula)
Province Animal: Eurasian eagle-owl