The giant mine provides work for thousands of Kiruna’s citizens but cracks spreading through the mine threaten houses in the town. Photo: Lisa Linder Lindberg

County delay city move

The planned move of the entire city of Kiruna has been delayed once more after a county administration decision. The fear is that cultural and historical buildings in the area will be destroyed in the move but the cracks in the ground, caused by the massive mine just outside of town, continue to spread.

LKAB, the company which operates the mine, could be forced to shut down operations as early as the end of this year to avoid more damage being done to houses in the city.

“According to our estimates we need to get access to the ground sometime this year,” LKAB spokesman Anders Furbeck, told Swedish Radio News. “The worst case scenario is that we would be forced to stop mining.”

Kiruna city council has already approved a detailed plan to move the buildings in the area closest to the mine, which includes some 300 apartments.

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