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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 railway, the E10 highway and about 450 homes a couple of miles northwest by 2013, with the rest of the town centre to follow gradually. Kiruna has an industrial vibe to it, with the earth around it scarred by mine works and strewn with slag heaps, but its proximity to the Kungsleden, Kebnekaise and the Icehotel makes it the most visited destination in the north.