The Falun Mine has been operating since the 7th century and Falu Rödfärg has had industrial production here since 1764 – more than 250 consecutive years without interruption – which is absolutely unique! The story of the red paint is even older, however. The red paint is mentioned in many accounts of the handling of copper at Stora Kopparberget in Falun. Among other things, in a letter to the construction supervisor of the Stockholm Palace, King Johan III wrote in 1573 that he wanted to order “rust lead” or “mining flakes” to paint all of the roofs of the palace red. In fact, down in Europe, it was very popular among kings and royalty to put copper roofs on their palaces and estates. In Sweden, we built with wood and as a compromise, Johan III decided that the roofs would be painted with the copper red paint instead, in an attempt to emulate the Europeans’ copper.