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Longyearbyen is the largest settlement and the administrative center of Svalbard, Norway. As of 2008, the town had a population of 2,040. Longyearbyen is located in the valley of Longyeardalen and on the shore of Adventfjorden, a bay of Isfjorden located on the west coast of Spitsbergen. Since 2002,Longyearbyen Community Council has had many of the same responsibilities of a municipality, including utilities, education, cultural facilities, fire department, roads and ports. The town is the seat of the Governor of Svalbard. It is the world's northernmost town, and the northernmost settlement of any kind with greater than 1,000 permanent residents.
Known as Longyear City until 1926, the town was established by and named after John Munro Longyear, whose Arctic Coal Company started coal miningoperations in 1906. Operations were taken over by Store Norske Spitsbergen Kulkompani (SNSK) in 1916, which still conducts mining. The town was almost completely destroyed by the German Kriegsmarine on 8 August 1943, but was rebuilt after the Second World War.

Interactive map of Svalbard from the Norwegian Polar Institute

Participants included:
Claire Liberman, Karen Power, Laura Petrovich-Cheney, Tom Snelgrove, Kate Puccia, Ari Belathar, Han Sungpil, Lauren Portada,Allison Cameron, Jolene Mok, Joyce Majiski, Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz, Diane Burko, Richard Ryan, Lisa Goren, Jane Isakson,Deborah Hamon, Hanna Campbell, Gisela Gari, Kinez Riza,Marlene Nicols, Kaisu Koivisto, Marianna Williams, Tina Kohlmann, Terry Adkins, Vincent Huang
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