Sweden’s Arctic city of Kiruna welcomes EU Commission

Sweden’s Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson (L), EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf arrive to a dinner at the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden, on January 12, 2023. (Jonas Ekstromer/TT News Agency/AFP/via Getty Images)
  • All members of the European Commission and the entire Swedish government are in Sweden’s northernmost city Kiruna today for an introductory meeting on Sweden’s Presidency of the European Council.
  • Security is high and part of the Arctic city, known for its mining, is cordoned off.
  • “It’s nice that something is happening in Kiruna, because it’s not common to say that,” says Kiruna resident Erik Eriksson.
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For more on how residents of Sweden’s Arctic city of Kiruna feel about the massive security preparations for the gathering, listen to Radio Sweden’s full report.

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Finland: Regional Council launches Lapland east-west railway study, The Independent Barents Observer

Iceland: Climate, integration & Arctic among priorities in Iceland’s Nordic Council of Ministers program, Eye on the Arctic

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