In Falun mining for copper had been a local business since the mid-1200s and the organisation for the extracting of copper and gold from the Great Copper Mountain (Stora Kopparberg) is believed to be the oldest still existing enterprise in the world.

The University College of Dalarna is in Falun.

For events Falun is the hometown of The Battle, one of the world's most famous snowboard competitions.

Iron and Copper byproducts from the Falun mine are still used as a paint ingredient, in the production of the nationally well known and culturally important Falu Red paint, particularly used for wooden houses.


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