The town of Grängesberg in Dalarna region has during the past sixty years lost half of its population. This is particularly noticeable in the abandoned apartment houses. Follow a tragic visit to Grängesberg, which was once the pride of the Swedish mining industry.


The railway station.

It is visible on the cityscape. Until 1989, the mine was the largest employer and the life nerve of Grängesberg. What’s now?Dead-Swedish-Industrial-City-3

Today, the beverage manufacturer Spendrups is the largest employer in Grängesberg. Hope for the future has long since disappeared and instead left entire neighborhoods to their fate. Apartment after apartment is empty. Areas slums, but the cost of demolition, no one wants to take responsibility for.Dead-Swedish-Industrial-City-4

In addition, individual apartments are still inhabited. The lonely residents could not be kicked out to the streets. Until further notice, Therefore, we have to live with both housing shortage and abandoned apartments in Sweden.

The City Center is Relocated!

The center of Grängesberg was once located here, right among this greenery and trees below.


This was actually part of the center. Strange huh?

To understand why Grängesberg’s center had to be moved and erased, you should know the story behind. In Grängesberg, existed at the beginning of the 1900s the most profitable mining in Sweden, and the city was a hive of activity.

The ground under Grängesberg has endless mining tunnels, and these randomly collapsing. It creates, in turn, a sinkhole that brings buildings, people, and roads – well, everything that is above ground down in it. This has been going on for a long time in, but it was first in the 1700s they began to notice collapsed pits.


Grängesberg is cut in half

In 1913 there was a large crack in the ground. This crack would affect Grängesberg throughout the 1900s. In 1928 the crack had become so large, that the center had split into two parts. An evacuation plan for the city’s buildings was established.


The relocation of the center

Several buildings were at risk of tumbling into a hole. They simply had to begin to demolish them and build them up on a stable ground. In the old center, which is now completely overgrown or is under water, were, for example, a fish shop, church, police station, paint shop, hotel and other things that belong to a city.abandoned-mining-town-1

Today there are only ruins remain. In the 1970s, became Grängesbergs old center only a memory. Then they had just moved the railway station and closed the school and the hospital.


Under the water, several of the old houses once stood.

In 1989 the mine was deemed to no longer profitable, which resulted in nearly 1,000 people became unemployed. Grängesberg began to die. Some areas in Grängesberg is now dangerous to enter. The ground may collapse.

The Miners Abandoned Houses

In these abandoned houses lived for a long time ago the workers in the mine with their families. It was actually the company that owned the mine, which built houses. Today, they are totally empty or renovated.


The area in Grängesberg on the images was completed in 1896 and was a great success in the fight against the overcrowded living.abandoned-miners-house

The houses were built from an English model and were designed by the mining company’s architects. The living space was approximately 50 square meters. In addition to this, the families also received the tenant a woodshed, cellar, and a small garden.miners-abandoned-houses-3

The houses had, for this time, a really low rent of only around 30 Euro cents per month, which even then was a very small part of the monthly salary. The houses were inhabited until the early 1960s.miners-abandoned-houses-4

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