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Kirkenes Harbor is currently quiet, but the mayor hopes to build it into a logistical hub 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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A Mayor In Norway's Arctic Looks To China To Reinvent His Frontier Town

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A typical apartment building in Roslyakovo. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed papers ordering the town to open its doors to the world on Jan. 1, 2015. Mary Louise Kelly/NPR hide caption

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A Once-Closed Russian Military Town In The Arctic Opens To The World

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The new Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker Arktika launches in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Thursday. Russia has been modernizing its icebreaker fleet as part of its efforts to strengthen its Arctic presence. Evgeny Uvarov/AP hide caption

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The Northern Lights over the town of Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland — about 400 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Rebecca Hersher/NPR hide caption

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In The Arctic Circle, The Sun Will Come Up After 58 Tomorrows

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