According to the trade organization SveMins has the mining industry the opportunity to triple their production to 2025. Sweden can grow as a mining country and help boost Europe's self-sufficiency in minerals and metals. To the Swedish bedrock are large mineral reserves. Production and employment can multiply.
The mining industry can become one of Sweden's most prominent industries of the future. That would mean 10 000's of new jobs in Norrbotten. Malmfälten is one of the most interesting mineral areas in Europe. Luleå is the metallurgical center of industry, education and research in the world.
Mineral industry is the base for the business and the motor of social development in both the mining field and Luleå. Together, we are one of Sweden's strongest growth regions.
The seminar mineral kingdom in the House of Science, we want to focus on mining in large importance to the positive development in Norrbotten, and not least for Lulea which in many ways have strong common interests with Malmfälten.
Therefore, we have initiated an increased collaboration between local authorities and business companies in Kiruna, Gällivare and Luleå.
Norrbotten and Stockholm County has, by far the highest gross regional product, GDP per inhabitant. In Norrbotten is BRP concentrated in Kiruna, Gällivare and Jokkmokk, that is a product of the mining industry and hydropower. The mining industry accounts for 25 percent of the county's GRP.
Norrbotten has also had the highest growth in industrial investment. 2011-2013 invested industry average of 32,000 per capita, which is three to four times more than in the counties that came immediately after; Gävleborg, Dalarna and Vaäterbotten. In future years is estimated at over 200 billion invested in Norrbotten, mainly in the mining industry, but also in research and education.
The mining industry is not only an engine of growth but generates lots of jobs in the county's labor market; 5,000 direct and 15,000 indirect jobs. In addition, the mining industry a strong influence on the national economy, in the form of increased purchasing power, that the overall estimated supply 60,000 Norrbotten.
All this is clear from the report "The mineral kingdom - a growth engine for Norrbotten," as reported on the seminar and to show how the positive development of the county's economy and labor market is closely linked to the force's basic industries provide.
Luleå University of Technology was started once to get higher education and research in the vicinity of our basic industries. Most intensively, the cooperation with the mining industry has been, especially with LKAB, together with the University's researchers developed new techniques and methods to cope with global competition.
The relationship between the university and the mining industry is so strong that you could say that; without mining no university and no university almost no mining. The research and technology development has also generated many new businesses, such as in information technology, which in turn made Luleå and Norrbotten a strong IT region.
Without basic industry requirements for stable energy supply and technical excellence Norrbotten had not been on the map of the national and international IT companies are now investing in our region, The Node Pole. Hence, one could say; without mining any server rooms, or without LKAB no Facebook.
So where would you be able to continue to tap the mineral industry for Norrbotten and not least for Lulea '. It is enough to see tröjreklamen on our elite team in hockey and basketball to understand the relationships.
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