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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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