Swedish miner begins massive relocation of whole city

Mining.com reports that the entire Swedish city of Kiruna has begun a long-planned and quite challenging relocation to an area situated about 3km east, after ground fissures created by iron ore mining activity weakened the ground beneath it. The decision, however, didn’t take any local by surprise. In fact, mining company Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara AB (LKAB) has planned moving the nearly 18,000 residents of Kiruna and most of the city’s buildings since 2004. Over the next two decades, about 3,000 apartments and houses, several hotels, and 2.2 million square feet of office, school and health-care space will relocate east.

While some residents of what is Sweden’s most northern town have moved already, the first of the town’s historic buildings was hoisted up on a truck Wednesday and transported to its new location, Radio Sweden reported.

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