When you move an entire city, what happens to its dead?

So far, some of the oldest and most important buildings in Kiruna have already been carefully moved to new locations so that mining company LKAB – the region’s major employer – can continue expanding underground.

Soon it will be the turn of thousands of urns housed in the Mariakapell church to move, while the church itself is to be demolished and knocked down. 

Around 3,000 people’s remains are currently kept in the church’s columbarium, creating not just a logistical challenge but an ethical one too, and…
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