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Longyearbyen is the capital of Svalbard (Norway) and largest town on the island. The town used to be called Longyear City, after John Munro Longyear, who started a mining business there in 1906. In 1966 its name was 'Norwegianized' into its current form.

Mining is still condicted there, but tourism has also become a major earner. There are also countless researchers in Longyearbyen.

Accommodation is widely available and there are numerous restaurants in town.


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