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Introducing Kiruna

The citizens of Kiruna (Giron, in Sami) live up to their nickname – the ‘No-Problem People’ – by remaining unperturbed at the news that their city is on the verge of collapsing into an enormous mine pit. Plans are to move the entire city a couple of miles northwest within the space of 20 years, starting with the town centre in 2016. Check out the model of Kiruna inside the tourist office to see exactly what's going on.

Scarred by mine works, Kiruna may not be the most aesthetically appealing city, but it's a friendly place with the highest concentration of lodgings and restaurants in the northwestern corner of Sweden. Its proximity to great stretches of hikeable wilderness, the iconic Icehotel and the proliferation of winter activities make it an excellent base.