ARTE GEIE, SUNSET PRESSE
TV, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET
Kiruna is a town on the edge of Lapland. It is on the verge of collapsing on itself because of intensive drilling into the world's largest iron ore deposit. Therefore, the entire town must be relocated by 2040. That includes all houses, schools, streets and railways.
Operated for more than 120 years, the Kiruna mine is the largest underground iron ore mine in the world – with corridors plunging down to a depth of 1775 meters. It accounts for 90% of Europe's iron ore reserves. However, miners have been drilling ever further underneath people's homes; entire districts are now in jeopardy.
The city is 23,000 inhabitants large – 18,000 of whom live in the city center. To avoid its impending doom, it has to be moved 5 km further: a genuine urban planning revolution that includes moving railways, motorways, churches, schools, houses...