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Sweden

4.3 km (2.7 miles) SSW of Storsien, Norrbotten, Sweden
Approx. altitude: 57 m (187 ft)
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Antipode: 66°S 157°W

Accuracy: 7 m (22 ft)
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#2: View north #3: View east #4: View south #5: 66Nx23E-GPS #6: Moose trail over bog, 100 m SW of confluence #7: Historical remnants 700m NW of confluence #8: Storsien village #9: Moose hunter #10: Typical Norrbotten barn

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  66°N 23°E (visit #1) (secondary) 

#1: View west

(visited by Henrik Sunden)

08-Sep-2002 -- Set out from Boliden at 08:05 to visit 66Nx23E and 66Nx27E. Rain in Boliden, but clearing at Kalix, about 200 km northeast from Boliden. Drove to Korpikå, then to Lilla Lappträsk, then a small gravel road towards Stora Lappträsk.

After 2.5 km, I took off north on a small dirt track, drove 1.5 km and stopped in an old gravel pit. From there it was about 650 m to walk along a property boundary clearing to a bog. The confluence is located at the northernmost part of the bog, where it is covered with bush vegetation and small trees. Moose had been resting a few meters from the confluence. The vegetation type is taiga forest and bog, elevation is 59 m.

After the visit, I continued north to Storsien, where a work camp was established in the beginning of World War II. The Soviet Union had attacked Finland in November, 1939. Sweden mobilised her army and the Swedish government was scared that pro-Soviet communists would distribute propaganda in the armed forces. At first the suspect propagandists were housed in bakery cottages and the like, later a barracks camp was built in the forest. The forced workers built a road (very slowly) in the area.

After Storsien I continued to 66Nx27E (in Finland). Moose hunting was going on along the road from Storsien to Korpikå.

Now 66 degrees north is complete within Sweden!


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#1: View west
#2: View north
#3: View east
#4: View south
#5: 66Nx23E-GPS
#6: Moose trail over bog, 100 m SW of confluence
#7: Historical remnants 700m NW of confluence
#8: Storsien village
#9: Moose hunter
#10: Typical Norrbotten barn
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