Kiruna (Northern Sami: Giron, Finnish: Kiiruna) is the northernmost town in Sweden, situated in the province of Lapland. It had 18,148 inhabitants in 2010 and is the seat of Kiruna Municipality (population: 23,099 in 2008) in Norrbotten County. The city's vicinity shares a long history with the indigenous Sami people, with evidence of at least 6000 years of settlement. The city of Kiruna was founded in 1900 and quickly became a major centre of iron ore extraction and mining industry. During World War II, large quantities of iron were transported from Kiruna by rail to the east coast, and further down to be sold to Germany. Due to Kiruna's position north of the Arctic Circle the city experiences both midnight sun and polar night throughout the year as well as a very cold climate by Scandinavian standards. Esrange Space Center was established in Kiruna in the 1960s. Also in Kiruna are the Institute of Space Physics and the Department of Space Science belonging to Luleå University of Technology. Wikipedia
Kiruna - The City of “Happy-Go-Lucky” people is a delight to visit – although with a limited of attractions in the City, Nature has blessed with it an interesting mix of occurrences - Northern Lights, Polar Night and Midnight Sun!
Tourism in Kiruna is a year round affair with visitors picking the time of visit based on their interests. Each season brings its own uniqueness! A city in transformation is also home to space centre – located in Abisko National Park and has quite a lot of on-site as well as off-site labs and research centres.
Kiruna map and travel guide can be easily obtained from Kiruna Tourism office at Lars Janssonsgatan.
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