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Av EvaLena Hallgren - 4 juli 2015 06:28

HAPPY 4 TH. EVERYBODY ..............I’m glad I’m here in Sweden now, so I don’t have to be scared by all the fireworks you guys use to celebrate..............I’ve been really really mad at my Mom lately, because she has refused to help me write in my blog. She said nobody is reading anyway ??? I told her she’s wrong, but no begging or nagging has helped until now when she noticed some friends had replied to me...............
For the last week we have stayed in Mom's puppy town and done the usual visits.
 
I'm going to try to pick up my story at the place we left off, which was in Kiruna in Swedish Lapland.
 
Covering 19,447 square kilometers, Kiruna is the biggest municipality in Sweden. If all the municipalities were as big as Kiruna, there would only be room for 21 municipalities in Sweden, instead of the 290 that Sweden actually has. Its size naturally means there are long distances so we're driving forever and all I see is forests.
Variations in the landscape within the municipality also mean that there can be big local variations in climate and weather. In the central community of Kiruna which lies about 200 kilometers  (125 miles ) north of the Arctic circle and just over 500 meters above sea level, it is seldom colder than -20° (-4F )Celsius in the winter, at the same time as Jukkasjärvi in the Torne River Valley 20 kilometers further east often experiences -30° ( -22 F).Normally the snow cover lasts from the latter part of October until the end of May. In Riksgränsen however, the skiing season continues until midsummer – in the third week of June. Incidentally, Riksgränsen is the place in Sweden with most precipitation - snow and rain. But just 30 kilometers away we have Abisko with Sweden's least precipitation
 
Kiruna is home to the world’s largest underground iron ore mine.
Processing takes place above ground and includes concentration and pellets production. They're planning to move the the entire town 3 km. so they can continue mining.
 
Kiruna wooden church is in the shape of a Sami  tent cot.
The church was completed in 1912 and donated by the  Mining company. Seems like Mom and Lotta has done a lot of church exploring lately ??
   
Of course I'm not allowed to come along ? and I don't understand why ? Does not God like dogs ? I'm real curious what the big deal about these places is ?
Maybe next time.........................Mom says it's only special churches that are interesting, the architecture, history and so on .....................phew I'm relieved, I thought she was becoming holy
...................The steeple,which was in my view from Lucy was very pretty......
  
Spaceport,  is a company located in Kiruna, in Swedish Lapland,that plans to make Kiruna the primary European Spaceport for  personal suborbital spaceflight for space tourism, research, education and a hub for cross-industry innovation. 
Next time we visit maybe we can take a rocket to the moon...............
 
 
 
 
we're soon continuing south, and stopped at yet another church in the small town of Jukkasjärvi, which is the home of the first ice hotel. There was no remains of it, since it had melted, but they had tours of their warehouse where they stored big blocks of ice ..............Mom and Lotta has seen plenty of ice in their lives so they didn't bother to pay for the tour, but they tried on their very heavy capes.
 
 
 
let a sleeping bear sleep
 
  
weather is changing quickly now, and the internet is acting up ..................I'll continue later.......................promise...............

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