Orsa, Sweden

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Orsa Church
Orsa is located in Dalarna
Orsa is located in Sweden
Coordinates: 61°07′N 14°37′E / 61.117°N 14.617°E / 61.117; 14.617Coordinates: 61°07′N 14°37′E / 61.117°N 14.617°E / 61.117; 14.617
Country Sweden
Province Dalarna
County Dalarna County
Municipality Orsa Municipality
 • Total 12.59 km2 (4.86 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total 5,308
 • Density 422/km2 (1,090/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Orsa is a locality and the seat of Orsa Municipality, Dalarna County, Sweden, with 5,308 inhabitants (2010).[1] It is located in the northern part of lake Siljan, about 15 kilometres (9 miles) north of the town Mora. Inlandsbanan and European route E45 run through the town and the railroad Bollnäs-Orsa connects.


The southern parts of Orsa are characterized by the Siljan Ring, the ring of lakes and rivers in northern Dalarna formed by the big meteorite strike 365 million years ago. In central Orsa, at the ouflow of river Oreälven a sand bank has been built up, in these days enjoyed by thousands of visitors and the inhabitants of Orsa. The big forests start just north of the town of Orsa, with the sparsely populated Orsa finnmark, to which many Finns emigrated during the 17th century.

Worth seeing[edit]

Orsamål dialect[edit]

About 500 people speak the Orsamål dialect, an Old Scandinavian language, which is a variant of Dalecarlian, also called Old Swedish in Minnesota, USA.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Orsa is twinned with:


  1. ^ a b c "Tätorternas landareal, folkmängd och invånare per km2 2005 och 2010" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. 14 December 2011. Archived from the original on 10 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Aalborg Twin Towns". Europeprize.net. Retrieved 19 August 2013.