The first years of the mining boom bore a striking resemblance to the conditions in North America during the gold rushes. There were lots of job opportunities, but very few dwellings. Many of the miners had to live in shacks built from used dynamite crates.
At the turn of the century the population of the Malmberget mining community had already grown to 7000.
In 1907 the state owned company LKAB took over the mining activities, and continues to operate the mines until this day. Currently LKAB employs around 1,000 people at Malmberget, of whom 900 work in mining, processing and administration.
|Miners at the Fredrika mine at Malmberget (about 1900).|
|A coffee-house for miners.|
|The center of the Gällivare municipality, of which Malmberget was a part, at the turn of the century.|
|The ore was brough by train to the port of Luleå. At the turn of the century most of the ore was exported to Germany.|
|A panorama of Luleå (about 1900).|