An industrial municipality that leaves an impression in every Swedish 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.
The engineering industry in Mora got its start in the production of clocks, and in the latter part of the 1800s, industry really took off. Brass was processed in various ways and the first faucets were delivered. At the end of the century, knife production began and the foundation was laid. Today, there are around 1,800 companies in Mora, active in a number of different industries. Business in Mora is characterized by manufacturing, tourism and retailing. 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.
“Many Swedish homes have one or more products from Mora, like a faucet, a knife, or a Dalecarlian horse.”
Mora Köpstad – Dalarna’s northern shopping center
Over the years, Mora Köpstad has grown from being a shopping center to three shopping areas: in central Mora, you can find genuine, personable and cozy atmospheres and products and in Noret and Tuvan, you can find the major convenience good chains. With its large range, Mora is the given shopping center for Northern Dalarna.
The symbol of Sweden is still 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 got to represent 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 – market leader in the Nordic region.
FM Mattsson’s success story began in the middle of the 19th century when Frost Matts Mattsson began 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 new found 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 knife
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 into the world. Mora’s knife makers still make knives by hand, just like then.
Do you accept the challenge?
Vasaloppet is the world’s oldest, largest and longest cross country ski race. The first race was arranged in 1922 and the classic 90 km stretch between Berga By in Sälen to Mora was long the only race. Today, there are 16 races in the disciplines of cycling, running and cross country skiing that annually attract 100,000 participants. All of the races run along the historic route between Sälen and Mora.