Government advances contentious iron mine project despite protests

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  • The Swedish government has awarded an exploitation concession for a planned iron-ore mine in Kallak, outside of Jokkmokk, though the project needs more permits before any work can begin.

  • The decision was met with opposition by rights groups and the Sami, indigenous people in northern Sweden, saying it will hurt the environment and reindeer husbandry.

  • Robert Bernhardsson of Jokkmokk's municipal council welcomed the decision, however, saying it could create hundreds of new jobs.