Kolmården Marble


Kolmården Marble quarry

Local native name


Year designation



Marble; consisting of calcite, serpentine with accessory diopside, tremolite, quartz and phlogopite


Different shades of green, mootled with white

Geological settings

Proterozoic – Svecofennian – 1900 Ma; Fennoscandian Shield


Kolmården area, Östergötland province

Kolmården Marble quarry

From castles to people´s homes

The Kolmården marble, also called ‘Green Swedish Marble’, was used as far back as the 13th century, as documented by a baptismal font. The stone enjoyed more intensive use since the 17th century, mainly due to the construction of the Royal castles in Stockholm. Two main productive periods have been documented. One was at the beginning of the 19th century, when the stone was used for the construction of important buildings inside and outside Sweden. The other one was from the end of the 19th century to the middle of the 20th century. The stone has been used for major architectural buildings of Swedish national significance, especially in Stockholm. Many important buildings made of this material can be found around the world, or at least incorporate it in their interiors. Apart from major projects, abundant small-scale purchases for use in floor paving, stairs, etc. took place over the years. Examples for its worldwide use are: the Copenhagen Town Hall, Paris Opera House and the Rockefeller Centre in New York.

Kolmården Marble wall inside

Framing of a chimney

Anders Wikström