The dream of a red cottage

“Theres hardly anything more Swedish than red cottages with white trim. Theyre all over Småland–by lakes, in forests and on the outskirts of the archipelago. Why not stay in one on your holiday?”

Why red?

There is hardly anything more Swedish than a red cottage with white trim. The red paint originates from the copper mine in the Swedish city Falun and is known as Falu red. It is widely used, not only due to its nice colour, but also for its capacity to protect the house façade. What few know is that the story of the red houses started as a scam.

From as early back as the 16th century, the Falu red was used exclusively by the aristocracy, to imitate more expensive materials. Churches were painted red to look like the gothic cathedrals in Europe, the roof of the Royal Palace in Stockholm was painted red to look like the copper roof of a renaissance palace. This went on until finally, in the middle of the 19th century the red paint was free for anyone, regardless of position, to use. This led to an explosion of red around the farms of Sweden and particularly in Småland. This tradition of red houses with white trim is still very much kept alive today.

En röd husfasad med vitt fönster

The Småland Experience

Discover Småland like a local – a summer holiday in a typical Swedish cottage.

Live like a Smålander

Spending time in the spectacular nature is quite natural for us Smålanders. We make a habit of enjoying nature as often as possible – preferably every day.

Adventures for kids

Heights, speed and wind are all part of the activities here. Be a cowboy for the day, climb among the treetops and set off on an exciting adventure.

Fairy tales for children

Enjoy the fantastic children’s stories that have been part of the childhoods of young and old. Meet the characters and walk the same paths as they did.