- Last week the Swedish government-owned mining company LKAB announced the discovery of the largest quantity of rare earth metals in Europe, outside the mining town of Kiruna in northern Sweden.
- The news made international headlines, as these rare earth metals are increasingly vital for all sorts of technologies in modern society – not least electric vehicles.
- “It’s very significant on a European scale. There is actually seemingly quite a likelihood that they might succeed”, says Erik Jonsson, Senior Geologist at the Geological Survey of Sweden.
Related stories from around the North:
Canada: Baffinland CEO disappointed by rejection of company’s expansion project, CBC News
Russia: New mining project sets sights on Chukotka in Russia’s eastern Arctic, The Independent Barents Observer
Sweden: LKAB discovers Europe’s largest rare earth metals deposit outside Russia, The Independent Barents Observer