Due to severe subsidence caused by the mines over 1km below the town, Kiruna is sinking. Though it has been decided to move the entire city, the exact location still has to be determined; a favourite choice is to the southeast, near the airport. First to relocate will be the train station and the E10 highway, followed by individual houses, which will be loaded onto trailers for transportation. Oddly, local people seem unperturbed by the enormity of the task ahead, perhaps because they are painfully aware that without the iron-ore mines on which Kiruna is dependent, the place would cease to exist.

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