Sweden is forced to move the WHOLE city center of Kiruna to new land two miles east after mining caused massive cracks in the ground.
So, 3’000 apartments and houses are being relocated over two decades. And this has just started end of April 2015!
The small city of Kiruna, is being relocated to make way for an expansion for iron ore mining as Chinese demand for the metal reaches record highs.
After years of planning, the first steps of tearing down and moving the Arctic town of Kiruna started on April 23, 2015.
The lifeblood of Kiruna is the LKAB iron mine, and ironically the mine also threatened to be its end. Kiruna, Sweden is located above an iron ore mine that is threatening the stability of the buildings and streets.
The 18 thousand people that live in Kiruna are being relocated as part of a plan that has started almost ten years ago, when the state controlled mining company LKAB notified the residents that their continuous digging would destroy the town.