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Europe is one of the five inhabited traditional continents of the Earth. Physically and geologically, Europe is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, west of Asia. Europe is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and to the southeast by the waterways adjoining the Mediterranean to and including the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. On the east, Europe is divided from Asia by the water divide of the Ural Mountains and by the Caspian Sea. Europe is the world's second-smallest continent in terms of area and third-largest continent after Asia and Africa in population.

Alvdalen Municipality is a Municipality in Dalarna County, in central Sweden. With an area of 6913 square kilometers, it is Sweden's 12th largest municipality. Its seat is in Alvdalen with 1,800 inhabitants. Population  in 2005 was 7,515. Alvdalen literally means River Valley, a name stemming from the area around the town Alvdalen, situated along the Osterdal River, in the municipality's southern part. The middle part of the coat of arms is meant to depict the landscape: streams and hills.
The northern part is located within the Scandinavian mountain range. It has cultural influences from the native sami people. The largest town is Idre, with about 800 inhabitants, a notable skiing resort. This part has some high mountains including Storvatteshagna at 1,204 meters and Stadjan at 1,131 meters. The Tofsingdalen National Park is also located in the northernmost parts. The forest part has forests, with the national park Fulufjallet also belonging to this part. Its influences come from it bordering to Norway, and its history has many examples and remains from its border conflicts. To symbolize this, the lower part of the coat of arms depict a crossbow. The point furthest away from any seas in Scandinavia is located here.

Like some of its sister municipalities and towns, Alvdalen is blessed with beautiful surroundings and a unique natural setting. The picturesque scenery, the majesty of nature, the slow pace of life, and the welcoming nature of its people all combine to make this region one of the most important tourist attractions in Europe.

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