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  1. Norwegian name of Spitsbergen.
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Examples from the Web for svalbard

Historical Examples of svalbard

  • As will be seen, Svalbard is spoken of, here and in the Annals, as a land that is known.

    In Northern Mists (Volume 2 of 2)

    Fridtjof Nansen

  • There have been different opinions as to what country Svalbard was.

  • These measurements of distance are therefore far too uncertain to be of any use in finding Svalbard.

British Dictionary definitions for svalbard


  1. a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, about 650 km (400 miles) north of Norway: consists of the main group (Spitsbergen, North East Land, Edge Island, Barents Island, and Prince Charles Foreland) and a number of outlying islands; sovereignty long disputed but granted to Norway in 1920; coal mining. Administrative centre: Longyearbyen. Pop: 1970 (2013 est). Area: 62 050 sq km (23 958 sq miles)Also called: Spitsbergen
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