Moving an Arctic city

Sweden’s most northerly city sits on top of millions of tons of iron ore. There’s no stopping the mining, so the town has to go, writes Stephen Bourke.

22nd February, 2015
9
In Kiruna in Sweden, the new clock tower from the old city hall will stand in front of the new one as a focal point for the town’s public life

The way Krister Lindstedt puts it, you might be forgiven for thinking Kiruna was the setting for a disaster film. “The deformation zone is closing in to the city,” he said, “so the first stage of the relocation has to start now.”

The deformation zone is a mushrooming circle of subsiding land around the largest underground iron ore mine in the world.

Right now, the Swedish state mining company LKAB has...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Currency

What's Included

With any subscription you will have access to

  • 971569B3-2C5E-4C45-B798-CEADE16987A8

    Unlimited multi-device access to our iPad, iPhone and Android Apps

  • 099C8662-C57C-42F2-9426-F2F90DF17C8F

    Unlimited access to our eReader library

  • 198AE43B-B9CF-4892-8769-D63C2104BA08

    Exclusive daily insight and opinion seven days a week

  • D8F37B78-25E4-4E4A-A376-4F5789B1564A

    Create alerts to never miss a subject that matters to you

  • B15F2521-37CD-4E02-B898-730A20D39F7F

    Get access to exclusive offers for subscribers on gifts and experiences

  • A564FE02-1AB8-4579-AF9D-BA32A2E5ACA7

    Get content from Business Post, Business Post Magazines, Connected, Tatler and Food & Wine

Share this post

Related Stories

The year in review

Newsround: What Thursday’s papers say