One of the most frequently asked questions on my YouTube channel is ”WHY are all the houses in Sweden red” or the ones not presuming as much and therefore asks ”ARE all the houses in Sweden red”?
As to the question ”ARE all the houses in Sweden red” the answer is a simple: No. Of course they are not, but in the Swedish countryside especially older houses are in most part red.
The reason goes way back in history, as far as the 1400-century. The king at that time had been ”out and about” in Europe and seen some pretty darn nice castle with copper roof. He then, wanting to be as fancy as European royalty, got the idea to cover the entire roof of his castle in copper. But, unfortunately for the king, not even he could afford that.
The solution was simple, instead of buying all that expensive copper, the King painted the roof with a red color from the Falu Copper Mine, it just had to be good enough! And, since the King was a real ”influencer” during his time, this ”trend” started spreading among the higher classes in society. What the king had, the nobel wanted, and then the priest, and the people with higher ranks in the military and so on. Within the military not only the hoses got painted in a red color but also the other buildings and baracks.
This particular pain had now become a sign of wealth and success and it was so important that if the King was to come visit it was not unusual to only paint the side of the house that faced the road, where the King might appear, but leaving the backside and and the alleys as is, due to lack of money.
In the end of the 1600-century the Industrial manufacturing of this paint started and it became a little bit cheaper and easier to get hold of. The paint had also gotten know, not only as a symbol of money, wealth and hence status, byt also due to it’s properties. Wooden houses painted with this paint became more durable than those without it.
To this day, we’re still painting with this type of color both due to it’s matte and beautiful finish but also due to the remarkable properties of this type of paint. It actually becomes a part of the wood, going into it and leaving a matte soft finish, as in comparison to the ”modern plastic” type of paint that sits on top of the wood, more like a thin layer without really being a part of the wood.
And that my lovelies are the story of why ”all” the houses in Sweden are red. And yes, our house is painted with this classic ”Falu Rödfärg” as we call it here in Sweden.
If you like the full story, here’s a little video I made with some clips from a village ”in this area” where I live.
Puss & Kram! /Maria