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Access to resources is of strategic importance to Europe's goal of achieving the Green Deal and becoming less dependent on foreign sources. Since then, an unprecedented hunt for raw material deposits in Europe has begun. Sweden is one of the countries with rich deposits of, among others, iron, copper and graphite in the north of the country. Swedish and foreign companies alike are competing for concessions to open new mines for those so called critical raw materials. This is not without consequences for the local population, including Europe's last indigenous people, the Sámi. This is a series of interviews with affected people in the area around Kiruna, Sweden's northernmost city.



March 12, 2022

Portrait Björn Lundquist

How the former army officer made his way up to Kiruna from Stockholm and became an environmental activist.


March 12, 2022

Portrait Urpo Taskinen & Per-Anders Nutti

How the environmental activist and the chairman of the Saarivuoma Sameby want to save their home from mining companies.


March 07, 2023

Portrait Lars-Marcus and Per-Martin Kuhmunen

Two brothers of the Gabna Sami community (Gabna Sameby) tell about their traditions, reindeer herding and how climate change and mining projects affect their way of life.

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