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— Norway


The small community of Kirkenes is set to witness big changes as global warming opens up the Arctic. Can it cope with the influx of businesses keen to take advantage of its position on the Northern Sea Route?

Arctic Logistics Information Office, Bergen Group Kimek, Northern Sea Route, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, Sydvaranger Gruve, Tschudi Group, WesternGeco

The small Arctic town of Kirkenes on Norway’s northern coast in the county of Finnmark is one of the most remote settlements in Europe. The road from its windswept Høybuktmoen airport winds past vast glacial lakes, through an expanse of tundra and into a cluster of brightly coloured weatherboard homes and a whitewashed wooden church.

So far, so quaint. But while Kirkenes may be postcard picturesque it also has an industrious, steely work ethic. At its heart is a huge shipbuilding hall, Bergen Group Kimek, which is a hive of engineers and machinists…


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