Visit Mora, and there is always something for you to take home
The faucet, the knives and the wooden horse are three products that have one thing in common: They have characterized Mora over the years and made the municipality an engineering community known throughout Sweden and beyond Sweden’s borders. In recent years, Mora has been developing into a must-visit destination for sports-adventurer, nature discoverers, art lovers and business drivers from Sweden and around the world. The airport in Mora is used to serve the healthcare and transport of people in need of emergency aid, and for other purposes.
A municipality with industrial heritage and tradition
The engineering industry in Mora got its start in the production of clocks, and in the latter part of the 1800s, the industry took off. Brass was processed in various ways, and the first faucets were delivered. Knife production began at the end of the century and since when the foundation was laid and developed. Today, around 2000 companies in Mora operate in different fields and with diversified portfolios. FM Mattsson Mora Group, Aktiebolaget Wibe, Jale AB, Morakniv AB, Bergkvist Siljan AB, CW Lundberg Industri AB and Nya Siljans Chark AB are some of the biggest employers in Mora.
Business in Mora is characterized by manufacturing, construction, tourism, and trade. Among the companies, tradition and renewal are found to go hand in hand. Many Swedish homes have one or more products from Mora, like a faucet, a knife, or a Dalecarlian horse. Mora municipality is working to build and develop new facilities and homes and attract investment to contribute to a more sustainable future.
Mora Köpstad – Dalarna’s northern shopping center
Over the years, Mora Köpstad has grown from a shopping centre to three shopping areas: in central Mora, you can find genuine, personable and cosy atmospheres and products, and in Noret and Tuvan, you can find the major convenience good chains. Mora is the given shopping center for Northern Dalarna with its large range.
The symbol of Sweden is made in Mora.
Dalecarlian horses have been made in the Mora area since the 17th century. Initially, by-products were used from the timber industry, long important to the population. At the New York World’s Fair in 1939, the Dalecarlian horse represented Sweden and has since been an often-used symbol for the country. A three-meter tall Dalecarlian horse was sent over to New York, and nearly 1,000 kg small Dalecarlian horses were sold in the souvenir store.
FM Mattson – a market leader in the Nordic region.
FM Mattsson’s success story began in the middle of the 19th century when Frost Matts Mattsson started to make clocks for Moraklockan. When Moraklockan ended up in crisis due to greater competition, it was important to find clever solutions. In 1876, Frost Matts cast his first faucet, a brass faucet for a hand basin. As driven as he was, he managed to get several villagers involved in his newfound project. The business grew, and when Frost Matts died in 1914, he left behind a small factory, FM Mattsson AB, and some 20 employees to his two sons, Karl and Anders. Today, the company is the market leader in faucets and mixer faucets in the Nordic region.
The Mora knives
Knives have been made in the area around Mora since the 17th century. The foundation of today’s factory was laid as early as 1891, and it has since taken the local handcraft out. According to the company Morakniv, the seed of what would become one of the world’s most popular knife manufacturers was sown as early as 1891 when Frost-Erik Erson returned to the village of Östnor in Mora after four years of work as a lumberjack in North America and began his knife production in the timber sledge factory, which today grins more than 3 millions knives sold all over the world.
Zorn museum – A small but world-class art museum and home of Sweden’s highly venerated artist
Zorn Museum in Mora has the world’s largest collection of works by legendary Swedish artist Anders Zorn (1860-1920). Every year, Zorn Museum attracts thousands of visitors from all over Sweden and worldwide who wish to discover Anders Zorn’s unique great work popular during the foremost years of the impressionist.
The Zorn Museum was opened in 1939, and today, it produces not only classic but also temporary exhibitions several times each year.
Vasaloppet – a great event for ski lovers
Vasaloppet is the world’s largest cross country ski race. The first race was arranged in 1922, and the classic 90 km stretch between Berga village in Sälen to Mora was long the only race. Vasaloppet’s winter week with cross-country skiing and Vasaloppet’s summer week with mountain biking and running attract close to 100,000 registered participants annually.