Sweden - Lapland
Kiruna is the most nordic city of Sweden. Located in the Swedish Lapland, it covers 20000 km ˛, that is to say half of the size of Switzerland. The city is built around the iron mine and counts approximately 20000 inhabitants. Kiruna is thus located at the north of the polar circle. One can admire there the midnight sun in summer and the polar aurora in winter. The winter is very long there: it lasts from October at May.
Kiruna grew thanks to the construction of the largest underground iron mine in the world. Today, research stations also settled there. Kiruna is also the seat of the Parliament of the Swedish SAMES. The SAMES are nomads installed in the North of Scandinavia. They live traditionally of the breeding of reindeers.
The surrounding landscape is rather flat while going towards the east, but mountainous towards the west with the top of Sweden: Kebnekaise which culminates to 2117 m. Thousands lakes and rivers strew an austere ground covered with rachitics birches and sometimes only with foams. Kiruna is one of the rare places in Europe where one can still find a nature in a wild state.
See also the photos of Kiruna on Photos-Suede.