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Destinations in Sweden overlooked by the New York Times
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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.

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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.

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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.
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