In 1980 Røros was listed by UNESCO as one of the 300 locations in the world most deserving of preservation. The town has a character of its own. History
still lives today in the fiction of Johan Falkberget who portrayed this mining community so well in his novels. Today Røros is a modern society based on
industry, agriculture and forestry, and employing a good number of service occpuations. Tourism is steadily increasing with a great deal of traffic in the
summer. Røros celebrated its 350-year anniversary in 1994.
The geology of Røros falls roughly into two types: the northwestern half of the area contains mainly schist from the Cambro-Silurian Period (570-395 million years ago). Røros schist disintgrates easily and provides a relatively nutritive soil for vegetation. The southeastern half of the district is dominated bi acidic, older rock types such as sparagmite, granite and gneiss. These rock types disintegrate slowly and provide poor soil.