Svalbard

[ svahl-bahr ]
/ ˈsvɑl bɑr /

noun

Norwegian name of Spitsbergen.

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Svalbard
/ (Norwegian ˈsvaːlbar) /

noun

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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