My mother-in-law brought us to see the red old miners’ houses in Källfallet in Grängesberg, Dalarna. I couldn’t believe that each house, all 22 of them, was sold for one Swedish crown.

The houses were built in 1896 for miners who worked at the iron-ore fields of Grängesberg. This now sleepy town was actually very important from the 1500s until 1989, when it had Sweden’s third largest iron-ore mine. But now that’s all gone. And the old houses in Källfallet were abandoned and were in a bad state of deterioration.

To save these old houses, they were sold at unbelievably low prices, but with one condition: it would be restored back to its original condition.