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The World Heritage site, Falu copper mine. Photographer: Lars-Gunnar Svärd

World Heritage Site

Falun actually attracted several of the first tourists to Sweden. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the Falu mine was one of the world’s largest copper mines and one of Sweden’s largest workplaces with more than 1,200 employed miners. In those days, Falun was also the second largest town in Sweden after Stockholm.

Naturally, over 1,000 years of industrial activities have made their mark on Falun. In 2001, UNESCO declared the mine and the historical industrial landscape with the mining environment around Falun a World Heritage Site.

World Heritage Sites are cultural or natural sites of such value that it is considered essential to preserve them for mankind. They are places, environments or objects that in a unique way have something to say about the history of the earth and its inhabitants. All sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list are guaranteed protection and maintenance for all future.

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