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Kiruna
Lars Janssonsgatan 17 - 09 80 188 80
info@kirunalapland.se

Kiruna is the northernmost town in Sweden, situated in the province of Lapland. It had 18,148 inhabitants in 2010 and is the seat of Kiruna Municipality in Norrbotten County.

The area in which the city was built shares a long history with the indigenous Sami people dating back at least 6,000 years of evident settlement. The city of Kiruna was founded in 1900 and quickly became an important seat for iron ore extraction and mining industry in Sweden. During World War II, large quantities of iron were transported from Kiruna by rail to the east coast, and further down to be sold to Germany.

Esrange Space Center was established in Kiruna in 1964 and is one of only two spaceports under direct control by the European Space Agency. Also in Kiruna are the Institute of Space Physics and the Department of Space Science belonging to Luleå University of Technology.

Kiruna is a popular travel destination for both Swedish and international tourists, mostly because of its world famous Icehotel. The northern location makes it a good place to observe the midnight sun and northern lights.


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