• Sweden edition
 
Destinations in Sweden overlooked by the New York Times
Geological Survey of Sweden; Roger Wollstadt; Allie_Caulfield/Flickr (File)

Destinations in Sweden overlooked by the New York Times

Published: 13 Jan 2012 14:56 GMT+01:00
Updated: 13 Jan 2012 14:56 GMT+01:00

The New York Times recently ranked the province of Dalarna in central Sweden as one of “45 places to go” in 2012. But the home of the famous wooden horse isn't the only place in Sweden worth seeing this year.

Swedish media was aflutter earlier this week in reaction to news that the humble province of Dalarna had been recommened by the “venerable” New York Times as a destination worth visiting in the coming year.

According to the paper, Dalarna features “deep forests and glimmering lakes”.

“Every brick-red farmhouse deserves its own postcard,” the New York Times opined.

Related photo gallery: Destinations in Sweden overlooked by the New York Times.

The review also mentioned the Anders Zorn museum and Mora, the Vasaloppet cross-country ski race, and the Dala-Husby Hotell as elements that can offer something for travellers looking for something else besides the “urban cool” of Stockholm and Gothenburg.

Even though Dalarna ranked second to last in the list – taking the 44th out of 45 spots – Helena Kvarnström of the Visit Dalarna tourist agency could hardly contain her excitement over the area's recognition on the list.

“Isn't it just cool!” she trumpeted to the local Dalarna Tidningar newspaper.

While Dalarna certainly has plenty to offer, check out the photo gallery below to find out a few other destinations around Sweden that the New York Times might also wanted to have considered for its list of places to see in 2012.

Related links:

The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

18:50 January 13, 2012 by StockholmSam
I must concur. I visited Dalarna for the first time last summer (2011) and found it to be amazing. I look forward to going back this coming summer. It is beautiful! .
04:28 January 15, 2012 by Anderses Karen
What do you have against Dalarna? You refer to it as, "...the humble province of Dalarna" and "You don't have to go to Dalarna...."

When I was growing up, my grandmother (whose mother came from Dalarna in 1886) never uttered the name "Dalarna" without following it with, "the prettiest place in Sweden." I found that out for myself on my first visit there in 1986, and I've been back 12 more times. I've seen many other places in Sweden, but I have to agree with my mormors mor, Dalarna IS the prettiest place in Sweden!
22:45 January 15, 2012 by MarkinBoston
I just went through the slide show. Some lovely scenery, although I could do without the land of smelly herring.
14:21 January 17, 2012 by Grindsprint
I don´t understand this obsession people have with Dalarna! I grew up there ( Falun) and I don´t see any beauty. at all! people are introvert and unkind, and cities are dull. People are more open in every other part of the country. And no... I am not bitter because of some alienation in my youth, but I have been around and I have compared. And if its nature that is so beautiful, then Id say norrland and småland is better
14:54 January 17, 2012 by Marc the Texan
I still haven't made it to Dalarna, but would love to spend a long weekend up there and putter around. I wouldn't get too excited about the NYT list though. I took a look at it, and they've got some real open-pit hellholes peppered throughout the rankings. Make sure to get your hepatitis shots before you visit a few of the higher ranking destinations. And don't forget to pack a good supply of anti-diarrheals for some of the places on that list.
08:52 January 19, 2012 by skogsbo
you are not wrong mark, Glasgow beats Florence, Birmingham(UK) is 19th. It's just funny how some are very specific places to visit, others are a whole country. I guess they were struggling for articles, just like the local.
Today's headlines
Three rescued after cruise ship sinks boat
Rickard Rundgren Björk of the coastguard services speaks to the media after the rescue operation on April 19th 2014. Photo: Maja Suslin /TT

Three rescued after cruise ship sinks boat

Three Saturday morning sailors had a lucky escape after their small boat collided and sank after it crashed into a cruise ship whilst sailing in the Stockholm archipelago. READ () »

Missing Swede found alive and well in UK
Sofie Marie Jansson. Photo: Metropolitan Police

Missing Swede found alive and well in UK

British police have found the missing Swedish girl Sofie Jansson in London, exactly a week after she was last seen, with authorities saying she is doing well. READ () »

Social Democrats make tax pledge to elderly

Social Democrats make tax pledge to elderly

Sweden's opposition party have stepped up its efforts to secure the pensioner vote by pledging to lower taxes for the elderly and make higher earners pay more. READ () »

Malmö Nazi attack victim on the mend
Showan Shattak pictured in Malmö before his attack. Photo: Facebook

Malmö Nazi attack victim on the mend

The 25-year-old man, whose stabbing by neo-Nazis sparked mass demonstrations across Sweden, has made a strong recovery in hospital and took to social media to thank supporters for campaigning against fascism. READ () »

Police seeking missing Swede in London

British police have issued a plea for tips in the search to find Swedish national Sofie Marie Jansson who hasn't been seen for almost a week. READ () »

University applications rocket to record high

University applications rocket to record high

Swedish universities continue to draw vast amounts of applicants with the number of prospective students seeking a third level education increasing for the seventh year in a row. READ () »

Man jailed in US over Lars Vilks murder plot
Swedish artist Lars Vilks pictured in New York in 2012. Photo: Linus Sundahl-Djerf/TT

Man jailed in US over Lars Vilks murder plot

American authorities have sentenced a 20-year-old accomplice of 'Jihad Jane' to five years in prison for an attempted terror plot to kill Swedish artist Lars Vilks, after getting involved with the murder plans when he was a teenager. READ () »

Sweden scraps 'new start zones' after EU input
Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag visits a school in Tensta, one of the neighbourhoods mentioned when he and his colleagues first floated the new start zone proposal. File: TT

Sweden scraps 'new start zones' after EU input

Sweden has abandoned a plan to ease taxes for small companies in blighted areas after the European Commission challenged its legality. READ () »

'Easter eggs an invitation to spread germs'
A typical Swedish Easter egg. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

'Easter eggs an invitation to spread germs'

A Swedish microbiologist has warned that traditional Swedish Easter eggs laden with candy are an open invitation to the spread of bacteria and viruses. "Is this really a good idea?" he asked. READ () »

Jammed truck snarls Stockholm rush hour
Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Jammed truck snarls Stockholm rush hour

PICTURES: A truck got wedged inside a tunnel in central Stockholm on Thursday, with authorities concerned the accident may have damaged cables in the tunnel's ceiling. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Society
Swedish supermarket Ica pulls contested Easter commercial off air
Kungahuset
Society
Swedish royals set baptism date for princess
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 16
Politics
Who's the prime minister's heir?
Alfie Atkins
Society
Are children's books the key to families integrating in Sweden?
National
'Sweden Dem protests cater to party's martyr image'
National
'Swedish research grants were fantastic, but now it's like Australia'
Society
Only in Sweden: The ten problems you'd never encounter elsewhere
National
Swedes stopped to take my picture, but didn't look me in the eyes
Business & Money
A swipe of the hand replaced cash and cards in Lund
YouTube
Features
Video: Oliver Gee finds out how to embrace The Swedish Hug
TT
National
Abba duo hints at reunion
Advertisement:
Private
National
Flash mobs hug it out across Sweden
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 11-13
TT
Politics
Swedes to give six-hour workday a go
TT
Society
Aussie choir member wows Abba in Sweden
YouTube
Society
Stockholm magic a surprise YouTube hit
Fastighetsbyrån
Society
Gallery: The Local's Property of the Week
Private
Society
Swedes find 200-year-old gravestone in living room
Stockholm School of Economics
Sponsored Article
Why a bachelor's degree is no longer enough
Deepti Vashisht
Features
Deepti Vashisht dissects the magic of Sweden's personal ID number
Shutterstock
Society
Ten signs you've been in Sweden too long
Society
Jimi Fritze heard every word when doctors discussed taking his organs
Society
A Swedish farmer explains why the new bestiality ban is 'pointless'
ESL
Sponsored Article
Learning Swedish the easy way
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Blog Update: The Diplomatic Dispatch

28 October 15:16

The Green Growth Group Summit »

"Today on the 28 October in Brussels, a large group of key EU Ministers and business people, including UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, and Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, will meet to discuss green growth. They all have a stake in resolving a challenge which, although it is crucial..." READ »

749
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com