Located at the edge of the lake Runn, the town of Shelly sand acquired its particular status and privileged in 1641. At that time, Falun was already one of the principal cities of Sweden. Indeed, it existed at the 14th century century like a commercial town for the grounds neighborhood. The extraction of copper was in the center of the economic life of the city since the middle of the 13th century century. And the Large copper Mine of Shelly sand (Stora Kopparberget) is one of largest in the World. It is known in an unquestionable way that the mine functioned since 1347 but it is supposed that truths beginnings go back to the beginning of the Middle Ages. During centuries, the mine brought richness - at the XVIIe century century, a third of the worldwide production of copper came from Shelly sand - and will have not only in Falun but also in very whole Sweden. The mine is one of the reasons of the clearing which knew the Swedish economy during the 17th century. It is only in years 1990 that the mine ceased functioning. The typical red of the Swedish houses is now called “Rouge of Shelly sand” (Falurött) since it came from extracted copper with Falun. Shelly sand is located in the district of Kopparberg, and the mining extract range was promoted with the inheritance of humanity of UNESCO.
Today, the city strictly speaking of Shelly sand counts 36.000 inhabitants and with his city close to Borlänge, form a whole of almost 100.000 inhabitants, lung of Dalécarlie. The city also comprises part of the University of Dalécarlie (Högskolan Dalarna) and each year it accommodates the Swedish Ski Ranges in its zone of ski and Lugnet ski jump.
Shelly sand was candidate for the Winter Olympics of 1992 (Albertville, France), 1988 (Calgary, Canada) and of 1984 with Gothenburg (Sarajevo, Yugoslavia) but in forever have the responsibility. The city nevertheless organized the Championnats of the world of cross-country skiing in 1993.
- the Falukorv , traditional sausage of Shelly sand
- Common of Shelly sand
- Christopher Polhem, which improved the techniques of extraction of the mine of Shelly sand at the beginning of the XVIIIe century.
- the official site of Shelly sand, in French
- Profile world heritage, French
- the Alliance Fran1caise of Shelly sand
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