The indigenous Sami are celebrating their National Day, Monday, beginning a week of events to mark the 100th anniversary of the first Sami congress in 1917.
Eye on the Arctic is an international partnership between media organizations across the Arctic region, led by Radio Canada International. As rapid climate change focuses international attention on the polar regions, Eye on the Arctic seeks to bring together media from all circumpolar countries to better tell the stories of communities and people directly affected by climate change.
Eye on the Arctic is an international partnership between media organizations across the Arctic region, led by Radio Canada International.
As rapid climate change focuses international attention on the polar regions, Eye on the Arctic seeks to bring together media from all circumpolar countries to better tell the stories of communities and people directly affected by climate change.
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- First congress in 1917.
- Responds to concerns.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has sought to downplay the threat to Sweden as tensions continue to rise between NATO and Russia.
- Long-range missile system.
Defence minister Peter Hultqvist has said that the presence of two Russian nuclear-capable warships heading into the Baltic Sea is "worrying" and does nothing to ease tensions in the region.
- No proven link to mining.
People living in the arctic towns of Kiruna and Malmberget say their homes have been damaged by earthquakes caused by nearby mining, but the company has not paid compensation to any claimants in the last five years.
- Mountain symbol.
A cyclical decline in the population of small rodents in the Swedish mountains has hurt the numbers of one of Sweden's most endangered predators, the Arctic fox.
- One appeals court has approved the hunt, another has blocked it.
Midday Saturday saw the first shooting of a wolf in this year’s controversial hunt. The county authorities in Dalarna write in a press release that the animal was killed in Lövsjö in Ludvika.
- Show of support for indigenous tribes.
A Sami village in northern Sweden has taken a stand against the harvesting of palm oil which has been linked to indigenous rights abuses as well as the deforestation of rain forests and the destruction of animal habitat.
- Species is still threatened.
More than a decade ago, the fjällräven, or arctic fox, in Scandinavia was on the brink of extinction. But things seem to be looking up for the species of animals built to endure frigid temperatures, thanks to a resurgence in the creatures the foxes prey on, and also to a joint Norwegian-Swedish feeding program.
- 1 av 2Bankruptcy, toxic wastes, permit violations.
Northland Resources was a iron ore mining company that had high hopes for its operation outside the town of Pajala in the far north, close to the Finnish border. But when ore prices nose-dived, the company went under.
- Impacts Sweden.
The ice melting in the Arctic has devastating effects on polar bears and wildlife in general, but it also opens up new perspectives in terms of economy - and security.
- Fish farming in space?
In Kiruna, north of the polar circle, the Esrange Space Station has been blasting shrimp and fish into space, as part of experiments that could help humans to travel to Mars.
There is another chance tonight for people in the whole of Sweden to get to see the Northern Lights. On Tuesday evening, Swedes living as far south as Skåne said they saw the spectacular light show.
- 1 av 2Photo: Susanne Lindholm / TT2 av 2Luleå has not had such deep snow in nearly half a century.
The amount of snow that has accumulated in the northern city of Luleå has broken a long-held record. On Tuesday, the snow came to 113 cm in Kallax, breaking the previous record, which had been set in 1966, when the snow came to 111 cm high.
To see the northern lights is on many people's bucket lists, and the small Swedish town of Abisko, north of the Arctic Circle, claims to be the best place on Earth for witnessing the aurora borealis.
- Finding financing has not worked.
Northland Resources, which owns an iron ore mine outside of Pajala in northern Sweden, announced Monday that it will file for bankruptcy.