Ali Reza Nazari is 15 years old and came from Afghanistan to Sweden one year ago. He now lives with a teachers of one of the local schools in Kiruna. Ali tells that, " After three months of living in Sweden one of my friends asked me why I still speak english. Now after a year, I speak Swedish very well and I can attend an ordinary Swedish school."
The students of the Folkhögskola in Kiruna prepare for their volunteer and study trip to Zanzibar. They get special classes from the guest teacher Maryam who comes from Zanzibar herself.
Cars have to be kept warm to prevent them from disappearing into the fresh powder snow.
Explorers and expeditioners
The population of Kiruna aren't however only people who come to work in the mine, refugees or the ones who have been living here for generations. They are also explorers that come here because of the mesmerizing nature. Real wilderness, the calmness of the frozen lakes in winter, the midnight sun in summer and the mountainous landscapes just above the arctic circle are unique to this particular region.
Another reason for moving to Kiruna might be because you’re a dog sled enthusiast. You can easily get lost in the grace and silence of running with huskies. It can give some kind of freedom you can’t find anywhere else. Traveling through the white and amazingly calm landscape in the surroundings of Kiruna is for many some kind of meditation. The way the snow hasn’t been touched by anyone before you. The surroundings are dead silent. You don't hear anything but the breathing of the dogs. The wind is blowing through snow covered trees. That is what makes the dogsledding unparalleled and unique. The ones that are more professionalized in the sport, go on longer journeys, sleep in tipi’s and sleeping bags with just a fire and their dogs to keep warm at night.