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Town About to Be Swallowed by a Mine

The choice for this city was clear: move lock, stock, and barrel or disappear from the face of the earth.

That was the dilemma facing Kiruna, an arctic Swedish city of 24,000. The remaining deposits of a giant iron ore mine, Kiruna's biggest employer, lie, you guessed it, right under the city.

Over the next few years, much of Kiruna will relocate two miles away. Krister Lindstedt of White architects, the group that will help move the town, explained "It's a dystopian choice." Homes, schools, stores, even the church considered Sweden's most beautiful.

Residents will have the choice of a new home, or having their current ones reconstructed brick by brick. "We are symbiotic: The town is here because of the mine," says deputy mayor Niklas Siren to The Guardian. "Otherwise, no devil would have built a city here."

The Kiruna of today will eventually be swallowed up, but the reborn Kiruna will live on.

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Beautiful sunrise at the Ice Hotel in Kiruna, Sweden.
KIRUNA, SWEDEN - MARCH 14: People walk through the commercial part of the town center, on March 14, 2014 in Kiruna, Sweden. The entire town center will be razed when the town moves. People not moving will have to travel to shop. The town is being moved by LKAB, the local iron ore mining company, because the mine's underground tunnels are endangering most of the buildings in town. The church, several old wooden buildings and city hall's tower will be saved and moved to the new town a couple miles away. All other buildings in the old city center will be razed. (Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)
Winter Kiruna Cityscape at dusk
Iron ore Refinery Factory Plant in winter Kiruna Sweden
This picture taken on November 5, 2013 shows the church in Sweden's northernmost town of Kiruna. The town centre will be moved a few kilometers (miles) away to save it from sinking into the ground due to underground cracks created by iron ore mining. AFP PHOTO/JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Kiruna cathedral Architecture at dusk, Lapland Sweden
Entrance foyer inside the Ice Hotel, in Kiruna, Sweden
Icehotel in Jukkaj?rvi, Kiruna, north of Sweden
KIRUNA, SWEDEN - MARCH 14: A view of Kiruna is seen from the local ski run, on March 14, 2014 in Kiruna, Sweden. The entire town center will be razed when the town moves. The town is being moved by LKAB, the local iron ore mining company, because the mine's underground tunnels are endangering most of the buildings in town. The church, several old wooden buildings and city hall's tower will be saved and moved to the new town a couple miles away. All other buildings in the old city center will be razed. (Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)
KIRUNA, SWEDEN - MARCH 14: People walk through the commercial part of the town center, on March 14, 2014 in Kiruna, Sweden. The entire town center will be razed when the town moves. City Hall's bell tower is seen on the right. It will be saved and featured in the new town. The town is being moved by LKAB, the local iron ore mining company, because the mine's underground tunnels are endangering most of the buildings in town. The church, several old wooden buildings and city hall's tower will be saved and moved to the new town a couple miles away. All other buildings in the old city center will be razed. (Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)
Lights from a mining machine illuminate a tunnel inside the underground iron ore mine operated by LKAB, Sweden's state-owned mining company, in Kiruna, Sweden, on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. Swedes living in the Arctic town of Kiruna are packing up their belongings before their homes are bulldozed to make way for iron ore mining driven by Chinese demand. Photographer: Casper Hedberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Cityscape of Kiruna in the midwinter, Sweden.
View over Kiruna by night, Sweden.
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