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Svalbard (formerly known by its Dutch name Spitsbergen) is a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. Situated north of mainland Europe, it is about midway between continental Norway and the North Pole. The islands of the group range from 74° to 81° north latitude, and from 10° to 35° east longitude. The largest island is Spitsbergen, followed by Nordaustlandet and Edgeøya.

Administratively, the archipelago is not part of any Norwegian county, but rather forms an unincorporated area administered by governor appointed by the Norwegian government. Since 2002, Svalbard's main settlement, Longyearbyen, has had an elected local government, somewhat similar to mainland municipalities. Other settlements include the Russian mining community of Barentsburg, the research station of Ny-Ålesund, and the mining outpost of Sveagruva. Svalbard is the northernmost settlement in the world with a permanent civilian population. Other settlements are farther north, but are populated only by rotating groups of researchers; e.g. Alert, Nunavut—the northernmost year-round community. logo
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The Norwegian government announced an investment of US$13 million into the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in February. The vault is home to more than 1 million seed samples, according to the country's agriculture ministry. The vault is located about 620 miles from the North Pole and is buried in the side ...

Located just 800 miles (1,300 kilometers) from the North Pole, Longyearbyen is a small mining town that is the administrative center of Norway's Svalbard Archipelago. Surrounded by the Arctic Ocean, in a land where the sun doesn't rise for months and the colorful Northern Lights dance across the sky, ...
Now the Norwegian government is spending more money to protect the Svalbard bank, located on Spitsbergen, about 800 miles from the North Pole, upgrading its security to ensure that it is entirely waterproof and ready for whatever is thrown at it. The crypt – so often referred to as a “doomsday vault” – is ...
Mixing the bombast of hardcore, the experimentation of post-metal and the all-out aggression of black metal, Svalbard are a unique entity in the UK metal scene. We caught up with vocalist Serena Cherry to discuss the best black metal albums of all time, so fetch you corpsepaint and settle in for an ...
Svalbard's Serena Cherry slams companies who enforce unpaid internships. Features / 8 days ago / by Serena Cherry. Svalbard. 0 shares. More. Email · Google+ ...
For travelers who are attracted to the ends of the earth, the Norwegian islands of Svalbard have a certain allure. The area is home to the northernmost towns in the world and more polar bears than people, while still playing host to a growing number of design hotels and delectable restaurants. Located in ...
A cavernous bunker on a remote island above the Arctic Circle, where polar bears roam, holds the key to 12,000 years of agriculture but also to food supplies for future generations, with countries urged to deposit seed samples there. Welcome to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which turned 10 on Monday.


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