Tagged: Longyearbyen

Putting the “art” in Arctic

Galleri Svalbard houses world-class art and artists Elizabeth Bourne Seattle The high arctic isn’t where you’d expect to find a world-class collection of printed works and paintings. And yet, here in Longyearbyen, an exceptional...

Staying alive in the frozen north

What is it like to live and eat in Longyearbyen, the world’s northernmost city? Elizabeth Bourne Seattle What safety net? Norway’s admirable social-services network doesn’t exist in Svalbard. There’s no welfare, or health insurance,...

Climate change hurts Svalbard

The warming Arctic is a serious threat to the Norwegian city of Longyearbyen M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Longyearbyen, the largest community and the administrative center of Svalbard, the Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic...

Longyearbyen - silver bear

At home in Svalbard

An artist’s dispatches from Norway’s land of ice bears Elizabeth Bourne Seattle “Congratulations. Now you live here,” said the librarian at the Svalbard folkebibliotek as she handed me my new purple and white library...

Slight fall in Svalbard population

Svalbard has a high level of in- and out-migration, markedly influencing the size of the population. On Jan. 1 2010, 2,481 were registered at Svalbard, 84 fewer than one year earlier. A total of...

Mining company on Svalbard will reduce workforce

Svalbard’s coal mining company, Store Norske, will reduce its workforce by 90 employees, reports the Barents Observer. Due to the financial crises the coal prizes fall from USD 175 last autumn to USD 53...

Greenpeace blocks Arctic coal mine

On Oct. 2, the environmental activist group Greenpeace blocked the coal mine Sveagruva on Svalbard, protesting plans for more coal production in one of the world’s northernmost regions, reports Reuters. More than a dozen protesters...

Ban sees first-hand view of climate change’s impact

2 September 2009 – Standing on rapidly melting polar ice, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appealed to the world for urgent measures to be taken to combat climate change to protect the planet for future...