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A New City Hall in Sweden is Laying the Foundation for a Town's Massive Relocation

Kiruna, Sweden won't be rebuilt in a day. But the first major milestone for relocating the Arctic mining town made one thing clear: The 18,000 residents are fully invested in driving the vision for a new Kiruna—no matter how long it takes. The five-year, SEK600 million project to build Kiruna a new city hall was completed in November. It's part of a massive £1 billion endeavor by the state-owned mining company Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara Aktiebolag (LKAB) to move the entire city 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) down the road by 2033. The old town is sinking, at risk of being swallowed entirely by the world's largest underground iron ore mine on which it's built.
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