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Sweden: A town on the move

Vast iron ore mines in northern Sweden and years of digging have undermined the town of Kiruna. Under a 20-year relocation plan, the entire settlement is being rebuilt a few kilometers to the east.

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Many buildings in Kiruna are in danger of collapsing. Cracks are appearing in the ground. Now the first buildings are being demolished. The new Kiruna is meant to be a "model city for the future." The original Kiruna was founded over 100 years ago as a settlement for ore mining. Around 24 million tons of iron ore are extracted there each year.