An unofficial national symbol, the Dala Horse Swedish: dalahÃ¤st is the souvenir of souvenirs to bring from Sweden. Named after their origin, the province of Dalarna, these small wooden horses have been around since the 17th century. They are normally painted orange or blue with symmetrical decorations. They are fairly expensive: expect to pay around SEK 100 for a very small one or several hundred crowns for bigger versions. The horses can be bought in souvenir shops all over Sweden. If you want to know more about how the horses are made, visit Dalarna and the municipality of Mora where the horses are carved and painted in workshops open for tourists. And if driving towards Mora from Stockholm, keep your eyes open when you pass the town of Avesta where the world's largest 13 meters high Dala Horse overlooks the highway.
Swedish glass is world famous for its beauty. Several skilled glass artists have contributed to this reputation through innovative, complex and expensive art creations, but mass-produced Swedish table glass has also been an international success. Part of the province of SmÃ¥land, between the towns of VÃ¤xjÃ¶ and Kalmar, is known as the Kingdom of Crystal (http://www.glasriket.se/). 15 glassworks are packed into this small area, the most famous being Orrefors, Kosta and Boda. Tourists are welcome to watch the glass blowers turn the glowing melt into glittering glass, and you can even give it a try yourself.