(Älvdalens kommun) is a municipality in Dalarna County in central Sweden.
is located in the town of Älvdalen.
parishes Särna and Idre were ceded to Sweden from
Norway under the treaty of Brömsebro on 13 August 1645.
the three municipalities Särna
itself had been split off from Särna in 1916) and Älvdalen
were amalgamated to form the present municipality.
literally means River Valley, a name stemming from the
area around the town Älvdalen, situated along the Österdal
River, in the municipality's southern part.
The middle part of the coat of arms is meant to depict the
landscape: streams and hills.
Geographically, it is considered divided into three parts.
to south: the mountainous (fjäll) part, the
forest part, and the valley (Älv)
northern part is located within the Scandinavian
It has cultural influences from the native
Idre, with about 800 inhabitants is a notable skiing resort.
This part has some high mountains including Storvätteshågna at
1,204 meters and Städjan
at 1,131 m. The Töfsingdalen
National Park is also located in the northernmost
part has forests, with the national
park Fulufjället also belonging to this part. Its influences come
from it bordering to Norway, and its
history has many examples and remains from its border
To symbolize this, the lower part of the coat of
arms depict a crossbow. The point furthest away from any seas in
is located here.
Särna is located
along the Österdal River, with 930 inhabitants.
its main industry is tourism. The town once belonged to Norway, but
in 1644 it was occupied by 200 Swedish peasants
, which in effect made it a Swedish town,
although it was official granted first with new borders of
The southern area is populated by 5,000 persons, of whom most speak
or understand the Elfdalian
) dialect/language. It is an
ancient tongue that may be closest related to the Old Norse
may be said to have the most interesting culture, with the town
Älvdalen and several notable villages such as Evertsberg, Blyberg, Klitten, Brunnsberg, Västermyckeläng and Åsen.