Moving Kiruna in Sweden – by the numbers

Moving Kiruna in Sweden – by the numbers

Moving Kiruna in Sweden – by the numbers

Why the town of Kiruna is being moved and what makes it one of the most ambitious urban planning projects in the world.

Kiruna on the Move - by the numbers

1,3 billion euros

The sum, in euros, the mining company LKAB estimates it will pay when the expansion of its iron ore mine forces the town of Kiruna to move. So far, the transformation has cost LKAB around €400 million.

6,000 people

The number of people who will have to move according to LKAB’s estimate – around a third of the city’s population.

3,200 homes

The number of homes that must be demolished or moved.


The year when the move is scheduled to be completed.

1,365 meters below ground

The new mining level LKAB is establishing under the current Kiruna is located 1365 meters below ground – which means that the town has to relocate.

145 kilometres

Kiruna’s distance from the Arctic Circle in kilometres.

78 percent

As the EU’s largest iron ore producer, LKAB mines around 78 percent of all iron ore within the EU. The company is wholly owned by the Swedish state.

21 relocated buildings

The minimum number of cultural heritage buildings, such as Hjalmar Lundbohmgården and Bolagshotellet, which will be relocated to an area close to Mount Luossavaara.

Data sources: LKAB, Kiruna city

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