It starts with the iron
Deep down in the mountain underneath Kiruna and Malmberget is the world's largest underground iron ore mine. This is where Sweden’s most important export company LKAB, conducts its operations.
It gives us a social development out of the ordinary. Never before has two such modern communities been moved because a mining industry needs the land.
The ore creates welfare for all of us
At night the mountain rumbles but it is difficult for the naked eye to see the connection between the work that never stops below ground and the visible calm above ground. The changes may seem slow but if you take a step back the movement will seem dramatic. The ore is transported from the mine day after day and as the stones are moved the ground sinks. Each day, trains roll out with tons of iron ore to the ports in Narvik and Luleå in order to be shipped out into the world. This brings work opportunities in several levels, income for the state and steel that creates welfare all over the world.
The uninterrupted change is a vital necessity
It is said that the mines and its communities are living together is symbiosis. For us, this is extremely clear. As the mine expands, area by area above ground is being cleared and is turned into parks, at the same time as new residential areas grow. People pack and unpack. The constant movement and the knowledge or the mutual dependence is in the air. For us who live here, this is nothing new, change is a part of our living conditions. We know that the move is necessary and that we contribute to something bigger.
We have made up our minds
The mines with its rich ores is the lifeblood of Malmfälten. We have lived and worked here together since the late 19th century and we shall continue to live and develop here. There is no natural law that decides whether there shall be mines here or not. It is decided by those who live here and we have made up our minds. We move. We have always moved.
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