This page publishes the most common questions.
What is going on in New Kiruna?
The construction of the new city hall Kristallen is under way with LKAB as the developer. A new residential area with about 70 new student apartments is being built at the old shooting range area. Together with the new city hall, these will be the first areas of the new Kiruna centre. The idea is to link together the existing city west of the road Kurravaaravägen with the shooting range area and then on to the new city centre.
Which buildings will be completed first?
For now it is not yet clear as to which buildings will be completed first, but the ambition is a new city hall, city hotel, residential area, business area, shopping district, restaurant and café as well as certain community service buildings.
What does the shopping district look like?
The shopping district will start at the east end of the city square. Here is where both sides of a cozy city street will be created with street-level stores. The floors above will be for both apartments and office space. Further on east along the shopping street, closer to the new E10 highway, there are plans for accommodating larger stores.
What are the conditions for developing the new city centre?
In order for development to precede dismantling, Part 2 of the Gruvstadspark-agreement and the development plan for the new Kiruna are important. Together with LKAB's new role and a schedule for purchasing and relocating, all the tools are in place to establish the new Kiruna centre. More information about the schedules is available on LKAB's website.
What is described in the development plan for the new Kiruna?
The development plan describes the municipality's ambitions and qualities to be achieved in the new Kiruna. The development plan specifies guidelines for the construction without regulation of details. The entire development plan shall include about 3000 dwellings, Kiruna's present business district, several of the city's hotels, a considerable number of work places, large and vital public institutions such as hospital, upper secondary school, library, police headquarters as well as a number of cultural buildings.
How have the viewpoints that are a foundation for the development plan been gathered?
The starting point has been what the people of Kiruna have for viewpoints, thoughts and ideas about the new Kiruna. This is why the municipality has gathered and summarized the viewpoints that have been put forth in public consultations, dialogues and meetings, as well as under the comprehensive visionary work that was carried out 2012 – 2103. There have been similar dialogues with the different municipal administrations where school, preschool, culture, recreation and social questions have been addressed. In addition, businesses, workplaces, housing companies and parties interested in building in the new Kiruna have also been a part of the process.
How have important decisions about the development plan been made?
The political majority have had an active and steering role, initially by formulating four steering conditions. First was to decide where to place the new city centre, and the second to lock the principle that the development of a new city centre shall go before the dismantling of the existing. The third set principle is that the city development is not to negatively affect the taxpayers of Kiruna. The final principle is that full compensation must be given for that which is decommissioned and must be replaced. The development plan has been adopted by a wide majority of the municipal council.
Where will the new Kiruna centre be located?
The new city centre is located about three kilometres east of the present city centre. In the winning plan of the city development competition, central Kiruna is connected via the residential areas of Tuollavaara and Lombolo.
Who is participating in the city transformation?
The main parties are Kiruna Municipality including the municipal companies Tekniska Verken i Kiruna AB (city services) and Kirunabostäder (housing), LKAB, Trafikverket (transportation administration) and Vattenfall (power company). Other interested parties are: the Länsstyrelsen (County Administrative Board), Bergsstaten (Mining Inspectorate of Sweden), Sametinget (Swedish Sami Parliament), Boverket (National Board of Housing, Building and Development), Riksantikvarieämbetet (Swedish National Heritage Board) and universities.
What do the people of Kiruna think about what is going on in Kiruna and the fact that large parts of the city must be transformed?
The city transformation is met with understanding. But their voices are clear, "We're leaving our history, our memories and places that are a part of our identity – the new constructions must be substantial and attractive." For these reasons, the starting point for the development plan for the new Kiruna are the opinions and suggestions submitted by the people who live here and shall be the foundation for the development of the new city centre. That the future city will be attractive and the people of Kiruna take it to their heart is the clear and obvious starting point for the planning.
What do the seven city building principles mean?
In the invitation to land allocation, Kiruna gave seven city building principles that construction companies have to follow. The principles are connected to the development plan for the new city centre, which was adopted by the municipal council in the spring of 2014.
1. Dynamic implementation and financially robust
2. Living and safe city environment
3. Access to a pedestrian-friendly city environment
4. Mixed and socially connected city environment
5. Strong identity and architecture
6. Interaction of City and nature
7. Energy and resource – smart city environment
Who has decided on the location of the new city centre?
On September 19, 2011, the municipal council decided on the location.
Why was this area chosen to be the new city centre?
At first, there were two options for a future city centre: one in the northwest and one to the east as seen from the existing urban area. In 2009, LKAB presented an analysis of ground and soil conditions in the northwest. It showed that parts of the area were undermined by previous mining activities in Luossavaara. Ore deposits were found in other parts of the area. In addition, Australian mining company Avalon wanted to resume copper mining adjacent to the former Viscaria mine.
In the end, Kiruna Municipality determined that there was no longer a continuous surface area in the northwest that was large enough to accommodate an entire city centre.
What was the result of the architect competition for a new city hall?
The winner of the competition was the entry "Kristallen", submitted by Henning Larsen Architects A/S.
What was the result of the city centre architecture competition?
The winner of the competition was the entry "Kiruna 4-ever", submitted by White Arkitekter AB and Ghilardi + Hellsten Arkitekter.
Who pays for the city transformation?
According to the Minerals Act, the concession holder (in this case LKAB) shall pay compensation for damage or encroachment resulting from land or other space being utilized for exploitation or activities connected therewith.
What will the city transformation cost?
There is no exact answer to that question, but we are talking about billions of Swedish kronor (SEK). According to LKAB, the company had reserved 6 billion SEK for the transformations in Kiruna and Malmberget up until 2011.
When will the city transformation be finished?
The winning proposal, Kiruna 4-ever, describes a process that goes on until the year 2100. Whether the city transformation will be finished by then is impossible to say at this time.
Where will the future railway station be located?
The Swedish Transport Administration is the authority in charge of this matter, but Kiruna municipality's wish is that the railway station is located in connection with the future city centre. As of August 31 2013, the old railway station is closed and a temporary railway station is in place about 1 mile from the present city centre.
How will LKAB's level 1365 mine affect today's city center?
Inside the area affected by the latest main level there are 3.200 homes, 750 hotel beds, the entire city centre´s commercial district, the majority of public institutions including the city hall, upper secondary school, an elementary school, the hospital, library, the church and public baths and around 1.000 jobs. No less than 33 percent of central Kiruna´s population must move - around 6.000 people. However, everyone living here is affected in one way or another by city transformation as many important social functions are located in the area.
How is planning for the new Kiruna going?
Kiruna Municipality has developed a plan proposal that complies with the inhabitants' wishes for a functionally mixed and dense city centre with a clear city feel, a main square, and high street.
What is interest in building in Kiruna like?
Many property firms and investors are interested in building in the new Kiruna. An announcement was made in the beginning of 2015 presenting the companies invited to bid for the construction of the first blocks. Proposals on Swedish pages (PDF, 3 MB)
When will construction start?
For some of the ten blocks in the new city center, contruction will start in the summer of 2017 and for some the following year. Over the subsequent years, expansion of the city will continue, and is estimated to be ongoing for 10-15 years.
The Development Plan on Swedish pages