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Kiruna

(kē`rünä), city (1990 pop. 20,470), Norrbotten co., N Sweden. The northernmost city in Sweden, it is the center of the Lapland iron-mining region. The ore is shipped on the Lapland railroad (completed 1902) either to Narvik, Norway, an ice-free Atlantic port, or to Luleå, Sweden, on the Gulf of Bothnia. Kiruna became the most extensive city (c.5,500 sq mi/14,250 sq km) in the world in 1948, when several distant mining villages were incorporated into it. The city is also a winter sports center and has a geophysical institute and the ESRANGE sounding rocket and scientific balloon launch site. In 2014 a two-decade process to relocate the town center, due to the encroachment of mining, was begun; relocation is part of an eight-decade move of Kiruna away from the mine.

Kiruna

 

a city in northern Sweden, in Norrbotten County. Population, 25,300 (1970). Kiruna is Western Europe’s largest iron-mining center, with reserves of approximately 2 billion tons. The iron content of the ore is 60–70 percent. In 1968, 20 million tons were mined. A concentrator is located in Kiruna. The ore is shipped by electric railroad to the ports of Luleå in Sweden and Narvik in Norway. Nearby is a rocket range for space re-search.

Kiruna

a town in N Sweden: iron-mining centre. Pop.: 23 273 (2004 est.)
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