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This City is Really Up There

The city of Hammerfest, Norway, is the northernmost city in Europe. Unlike many Arctic cities in Asia and North America that are relatively modern, this Norwegian city first achieved its town status in 1789.

Located well above the Arctic Circle, the city is in the "Land of the Midnight Sun". At the height of summer, residents experience continuous sunlight for many days.

But continuous sunlight in summer also means continuous darkness in winter, and in 1891 Hammerfest became the first town in northern Europe with electric street lighting.

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