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Since 1968, when the Norwegian Polar Institute set up a research station in Ny-ålesund, the
settlement has found new life as an international
scientific community. At any given time during the summer, 100 or more
researchers from some 15 countries are working on more than 120 different projects.
Their room and board are
provided by Kings Bay AS--the old state-owned mining company--which maintains
and operates Ny-ålesund's buildings and public services.
Ny-ålesund is quieter in winter, when the port is iced in and
most of the researchers have gone home. No more than 30 people reside here
during the off-season.
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