Nordic Town Relocates to Dodge Drilling Trouble
When mining began to shift the earth beneath Sweden’s northernmost town, it could have spelled drilling doom. But instead of halting extraction, the 18,000-strong town of Kiruna is packing up and moving away from the iron mine. In an unprecedented operation, the town center — including 3,000 homes, shops, schools and a health center — will be shifted two miles east. Some heritage buildings will be exactly reproduced, while others will be redesigned.