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Longyearbyen is the largest populated area on the territory of [[Svalbard]], located in the high [[Norwegian]] Arctic. The settlement is popular as the most easily accessed frontier in the Arctic, and is an ideal base for the greater exploration of [[Svalbard]].
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Longyearbyen is the largest populated area on the terrirory of [[Svalbard]], located in the high [[Norwegian]] Arctic. The settlement is popular as the most easily accessed frontier in the Arctic, and is an ideal base for the greater exploration of [[Svalbard]].
  
 
The settlement is named after American entrepreneur John Munro Longyear (1850-1922), who as head of the Arctic Coal Company founded the town and the neighboring coal mine, the first large mine on Svalbard.  Mining is still a big business here, with the roadsides and mountainsides littered with mines and their equipment, but tourism is catching up fast.   
 
The settlement is named after American entrepreneur John Munro Longyear (1850-1922), who as head of the Arctic Coal Company founded the town and the neighboring coal mine, the first large mine on Svalbard.  Mining is still a big business here, with the roadsides and mountainsides littered with mines and their equipment, but tourism is catching up fast.   

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