Moving an Arctic city

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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

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.

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.”

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