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Here’s a Picturesque Town in Northern Sweden

Kiruna, the northernmost city in Sweden, has always been a mining town. Since it was first settled in the late 1800s, it’s been a community centered, quite literally, on top of its iron ore mine. The Kiruna mine has grown to be the largest underground iron ore mine in the world and has ultimately destabilized the ground the very town sat on. Rather than shutter the mine, in 2018, the state-owned mining company LKAB paid 22.3 billion Swedish krona (or about $2 billion), to move the entire town — homes, businesses, landmarks, and all — instead. And now, it’s ready to welcome back visitors.

In September, officials cut the ribbon on Kiruna’s temporary new town center, located about three kilometers down the block from its former home (the town moved approximately two miles). According to High North News, the entire project will take until 2035 to complete, at which time this city center will be dismantled, with the new, more developed center taking its place. Read more…

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