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Älvdalen (literally meaning River Valley) is a locality and the seat of Älvdalen Municipality in Dalarna County, Sweden, with 1,810 inhabitants in 2010.[1]

Älvdalen is located in Dalarna
Älvdalen is located in Sweden
Coordinates: 61°14′N 14°02′E / 61.233°N 14.033°E / 61.233; 14.033Coordinates: 61°14′N 14°02′E / 61.233°N 14.033°E / 61.233; 14.033
CountyDalarna County
MunicipalityÄlvdalen Municipality
 • Total3.02 km2 (1.17 sq mi)
 (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total1,810
 • Density600/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

The parish is widely known for being the place of manufacturing, in 1839, of the 4-meter granite vase (called Älvdalen Vase), installed in the Summer Garden in Saint Petersburg (a gift from Charles XIV John of Sweden to Nicholas I of Russia).

Nearby is the Hykjebergets Nature Reserve, inaugurated by Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia in 2016.[2]

It is also known for its language called Elfdalian, which along with innovations[3] also preserves some Old Norse traits not preserved in most (other) North Germanic languages.[4][5]

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  1. ^ a b c "Tätorternas landareal, folkmängd och invånare per km2 2005 och 2010" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. 14 December 2011. Archived from the original on 27 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia show off one of their wedding gifts". Hello Magazine.
  3. ^ [1] Sapir, Yair: Elfdalian, the Vernacular of Övdaln (essay, 2011)
  4. ^ last strongholds
  5. ^ [2] O'Hagan, Sean: Witch hunts, mystics and race cars: inside the weirdest village in Sweden (photo-essay on photographer Maja Daniels's three-year sojourn in Älvdalen and her family connection to Elfdalian)