I have been to southern Sweden, driving 700 km a day and beeing amazed by the landscape. As you maybe know, I am quite interested in old house, and how these buildings are adapted to the landscape. I have thought Norway and Sweden are more or less the same in many ways, even if I have seen some small differences before. I was wrong, at least from going through the counties of Härjedalen, Dalarna and Örebro. Much more of the old swedish farms and rural villages are intact. Not replaced by modern buildings that looks moore or less the same everywere. I have heard that this is maybe due to the fact that Norway got oil some decades ago, that wealth made people to tear down the old and build new. While the swedes have repaired and cared for their old buildings. I don’t know, but it sure looks great. Especially now in June when the landscape is so green and the colours so bright.
Many houses are red, the very special falu red, a deep red paint originating from the copper mines at Falun. This traditional colour still remains popular due to its effectiveness in preserving wood. But there are also traditional buildings that are not painted, or coated with tar, like these at the museum of Hede in Härjedalen. There are more photos in my web gallery.
This is an old farm in the mountains between Idre and Funäsdalen, while the little red one belongs to a bakery in Tännäs.