En flygbild över Malmberget med Gällivare i bakgrunden.

Two cities become one

In Malmberget, urban transformation is nothing new. The mine's need of land has affected the town for over 50 years. Various quarters and buildings have been demolished and, in a number cases, moved.

The time has come for virtually the entire town of Malmberget to be phased out. Important social functions and housing will be moved to the nearby locality of Gällivare, five kilometres south. Approximately 3,200 people will be affected and will have to move in the years to come. The urban transformation process is expect to continue up until 2032. This may seem a long period of time, but it is necessary if the work is to be completed. Major changes take place when functions are build up in new locations.





250,000 m2

Housing and functional space

Good living environment and gentle transitions

LKAB’s industrial area has expanded step by step and urban areas have been phased out. Gällivare’s municipal council has decided that Gällivare shall be densified and developed with housing and public facilities such as a sports centre, swimming pool, secondary school and retirement home. 

Over the next twenty years, virtually the entire town of Malmberget will have moved. The land, which will not immediately become an industrial area, will be transformed into park-like areas or “environmental zones”. These will act as a gentle transition between the closed off industrial area and the nearby urban areas.

Preservation of cultural heritage

En bild över ett nytt område som växer fram vid Nuolajärvis sjön

The affected urban area contains a number of heritage buildings with environments which Gällivare municipality and the County Administrative Board in Norrbotten look after. Some thirty of these older buildings are to be moved to another nearby and somewhat smaller locality: Koskullskulle.

Malmberget will be phased out in several stages in accordance with a cooperation agreement which was signed in the spring of 2012 between LKAB and Gällivare municipality. The parties will come to an arrangement for the implementation of each individual stage through special agreements.




Sports centre


Secondary school


Retirement homes


Ice arena

En bild på ett hus som flyttas från Malmberget till Gällivare.
En bild som visar gropen som uppstår mitt i Malmberget på grund av gruvbrytningen.

Change over an extended period

The mining town of Malmberget was built in the late 1800s so that the miners would have homes close to their work, which is why these homes came to be built upon the ore deposits which are being mined today. The fact that the mine would affect the community was already suspected back in 1895. The mining company in control at the time warned that the iron deposits would have an impact on the town itself.

In the mid 1900s, major changes took place. Allhelgonakyrkan [the All Saints Church], which was built by LKAB as a gift to Malmberget parish, was demolished and rebuilt at a new site in 1974. In a few years it will be time to move the church again. Schools, the community centre, the swimming pool, shop premises and housing have had to move each time the ore is to be mined. As no mining is taking place beneath residential sites or public spaces, it will be necessary to move the settlement.

Gällivare's densification

When the greater part of Malmberget disappears and is phased out, Gällivare will be developed instead. The new secondary school, retirement home, swimming pool, sports centre and preschool will all be built here. It is a project of gigantic proportions and a unique opportunity to built as many facilities at virtually the same time. The locality of Koskullskulle will also be developed, primarily with new residential areas.

Bilden visar det rivna fokushuset i Malmberget

Questions and answers

Here, we have compiled some of the most common questions and answers regarding the urban transformation in Malmberget and Gällivare.

The mine’s and the community’s interest in gaining access to the land will then be weighed against the individual’s need to stay. The matter will be examined by the Municipality and the Mining Inspectorate of Sweden. LKAB can never force anyone to move.

LKAB will inform people who have to move about when their home or business premises are concerned. Discussions will then begin on a new home or new business premises. LKAB will compensate everyone who has to move with either money, a new house, new premises or a new apartment in the new location. The solutions will be different depending on what property each individual lives in or owns and the person concerned’s wishes. Not everyone has to move at the same time; as more homes and premises are built, moving chains will start.

For practical reasons it is not possible to clear the whole of Malmberget all at once. LKAB and Gällivare Municipality have agreed on which parts are most suitable to handle at the same time in relation to ground movements.

The urban transformation has been going on in Malmberget for over 50 years and many people and buildings have already moved. The move will continue until at least 2032 but much of Malmberget will have been cleared sometime during 2019. You can find the timetable here.

Over the next 20 years about 3,200 people living in the affected areas will move to new homes.