Örebro Län

Örebro County in central Sweden has the Närke plain in the south, forests in the north, and a highland to the west. It is located between the four major lakes of Sweden but has coastlines only on two of them. It is the western part of the historical province Västmanland. The area is rich in ores and has numerous show mines. The mining district of Bergslagen with the mines of Norberg and Skinnskatteberg began being in use in the 14th century. It offered forests to produce charcoal, iron ore, and hydropower. The mine of Lindesberg was being cultivated in the early 16th century. The iron ores were smelted in local ironworks, the most famous is Engelsbergs bruk.