Now, we’re moving a city!

August 12, 2022

After 18 years, it's finally time. LKAB is moving the commercial district from the old city centre to the new one. To mark the occasion, LKAB is holding a three-day inaugural celebration on September 1-3.

In 2004 news of the urban transformation in Kiruna reached the world when it was announced that the city would have to be relocated. This transformation will enable continued mining of Kiirunavaara’s rich iron ore, thereby securing jobs and the transition to fossil-free steelmaking.

Now the historic day is upon us as Kiruna enters a new era when the new city centre is inaugurated.

Celebrations will include performances by artists, theatre and plenty of surprises and events for people of all ages.

You can find the programme for the inauguration and presentations on 

A press centre will be available in a conference room at Scandic Kiruna, located in the new city centre.

To gain access to the press centre, you will need a press card.

Please contact Ulrika Huhtaniska for more information.

Prior to the official opening, the area is still a construction site and is therefore not open to visitors. If you wish to meet local merchants in Kiruna’s new city centre, discuss the project or take photographs before 1 September, please contact Ulrika Huhtaniska.

We wish you a warm welcome to a colourful celebration that will go down in history.

Kvarter 9: Mall 9, Several local traders are now located in the three city malls. 

Handelsgata: On monday the 15:th of august the businesses start to move in. 

Kvarter 7: Mall 7, the city center is concentrated and a mix between hotels, restaurants, apartments and shopping. 

Ulrika Huhtaniska

Press Officer for city centre relocation LKAB

Communication & climate

+46 70-268 39 92

LKAB is an international mining and minerals group that offers sustainable iron ore, minerals and special products. We are committed to developing carbon-free processes and products by 2045, leading the transformation of the iron and steel industry. Since 1890 we have developed through unique innovations and technological solutions and are driven forward by more than 4,500 employees in 12 countries. In 2021, the LKAB group had sales of about SEK 49 billion.