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Permitting issues stymie Nordic mining progress

The combination of favourable minerology and low population density puts the Nordic countries front and centre of Europe’s mining industry, but permitting issues – particularly in Sweden – have started to overshadow the success stories.

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Boliden's Aitik copper mine, located just south of Gällivare in northern Sweden (photo credit: Lars deWall)

Just over a year ago in September 2020, Maroš Šefčovič, vice-president of the European Commission for Interinstitutional Relations, presented an action plan on so-called "critical raw