The iconic Swedish horse – The Dalecarlian Horse – Dala Horse
Travel around Sweden and you will see replicas of a small wooden horse lining shelves in stores and ready to become your souvenir.
The official name of the little stallion is “The Dalecarlian Horse” or “Dala horse.” The horses where originally carved as toys for children and based on the trusted and reliable farmstead animal. The toy horse grew to become the symbol of Sweden.
The earliest reference of a sale of the Dala horse is 1624!
The horses are painted today with traditional patterns and still made by hand from pine.
The smallest wooden horse can be found in most stores in Stockholm and sells for about forty US dollars. – You can see the horse pictured on the flags in the photo above.