The Dala horse

The orange wooden horse decorated with kurbits painting is a Swedish icon from Dalarna. The Dala horse is as Swedish as Swedish can be.

The ancestor of today’s Dala horse was born in the 18th century when foresters, who were working away from home, would sit by the fire in dark winter evenings and carve horses for their children

at home in the village. In 1939 the Dalahorse represented Sweden at the New

York World’s Fair and in 2010 two giant Dala horses marked the entrance to the

Swedish pavilion at Expo 2010 Shanghai. Genuine Dala horses are only made in

Dalarna. Pay a visit to Nusnäs (F7) and see how this Swedish national symbol is

made. And you can even paint your own!