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Sunset and snow in Sälen
Sunset and snow in Sälen
Sälen is located in Dalarna
Sälen is located in Sweden
Coordinates: 61°09′N 13°16′E / 61.150°N 13.267°E / 61.150; 13.267Coordinates: 61°09′N 13°16′E / 61.150°N 13.267°E / 61.150; 13.267
Country Sweden
Province Dalarna
County Dalarna County
Municipality Malung-Sälen Municipality
 • Total 1.33 km2 (0.51 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total 652
 • Density 491/km2 (1,270/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Sälen [sæːlen] is a locality situated in Malung-Sälen Municipality, Dalarna County, Sweden with 652 inhabitants in 2010.[1]

Despite its small population, Sälen receives many tourists every winter. Sälen is best known for hosting the start of Vasaloppet, the oldest (since 1922), longest (90 km), and largest cross country ski race in the world, with over 15,000 participants in the main race alone.[2] It is also known for its many alpine ski resorts, of which there are seven. The oldest resort in Sälen is Högfjällshotellet which was built in 1937 remains popular for recreation, cross country skiing and downhill skiing. Newer resorts with steeper mountains are Hundfjället and Granfjället. Other resorts are Stöten, Lindvallen, Näsfjället, Tandådalen, and Kläppen. Today Lindvallen, Högfjället, Tandådalen and Hundfjället are operated by the Skistar company. Lindvallen and Högfjället are connected with ski lifts, as is Tandådalen with Hundfjället The vertical height is up to 350 m. Most visitors are Swedish families with children; as such there is little in the way of nightlife, no central square or plaza, and accommodations are decentralized.


The nearest airport is Mora Airport, 100 km away (regular bus connections from Mora). The nearest international airport is Oslo Airport, 220 km away. A local airport opened in 2014 but has as yet no facilities for handling passenger services.

In the media[edit]

Popular rock band U2's video New Year's Day was filmed in Sälen in December 1982.

See also[edit]


  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. ^ http://www.vasaloppet.se/om-oss/

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