Siljan is a very small town with only 2 400 inhabitants. However, the town has a very interesting history as the region has been inhabited for almost 9000 years.
Agriculture has been important industry in Siljan. Large areas of the Siljan hinterland, however, are covered in forests. The big spurce and pine timbers have been harvested by sawmills.
The Siljan crest, which consists of three vertical saw blades on a green background, was inspired by the earliest saws used in these mills. Designer, Halvor Holtskog, in cooperation with officials in Riksantikvaren, designed the symbol, which became the official emblem of Siljan in 1989. Jeweller, Per Tengel Tveten, has used the Siljan emblem in a collection of silver tie pins, necklaces, earrings and brooches. The brooch
is worn on the official Siljansweater, a traditional handknitted wool sweater from the locality.
A legend, associated with the Siljan region, tells the story of an enormous Troll who used a Trollsaw. The artist, Bjørn Richter, has constructed a 15 foot high sculpture of the particular saw which is situated in the centre of Siljan.