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In Today’s Daily Jigsaw Puzzle, we visit Longyearbyen, the administrative center of the remote Svalbard archipelago in Norway. The extreme climate shapes life here, and as the image suggests, it is a place of stark, haunting beauty and surreal contrasts.

Located deep within the Arctic Circle, it is a land where the midnight sun reigns supreme in summer, casting endless daylight that bathes the ice-swept landscapes, while winter plunges the town into a deep, enduring night lit only by the ethereal glow of the aurora borealis.

Longyearbyen was founded in 1906 by American entrepreneur John Munro Longyear.

The town started as a coal-mining settlement. Historically, Longyearbyen’s population ebbed and flowed with the fortunes of the mining industry. Miners from Norway and other parts of the world journeyed to this remote outpost to delve into its frozen ground. Over the decades, the town evolved from a male-dominated, transient workforce to a more stable, diverse community with families, schools, and even a university center focusing on Arctic studies.

Longyearbyen is the northernmost settlement of its kind with a permanent civilian population ♥
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Copperpenny

@Oasis - Believe it or not, it's a fantastic place to live! I spent some of the best years of my life there.

@Copperpenny Thank you so much for that very interesting information! I looked at the puzzle again, but this time with "different eyes". Thank you!

Copperpenny

@Oasis - Longyearbyen only has sunrise and sunset four months a year, from mid-February to mid-April and late August to late October. The other eight months the sun is constantly either above or below the horizon.

Judging from the angle of the shadows and the amount of snow, I'd guess this picture was taken at about 11:30 pm, late in the summer, before the sun actually goes below the horizon. It will be another month before it gets dark enough to see stars.

So lovely. Beautiful lyrics that match the location. Thank you for sharing.

bevpuzzler8

English:

Yes, we love with fond devotion

This our land that looms

Rugged, storm-scared o'er the ocean,

With her thousand homes.

Love her, in our love recalling

Those who gave us birth.

And old tales which night, in falling

Bring as dreams to earth.

And old tales which night, in falling

Bring as dreams, as dreams to earth.


Norse man, whatsoe'er thy station,

Thank thy God, Whose power

Willed and wrought the land's salvation

In her darkest hour.

All our mothers sought with weeping

And our sires in fight,

God has fashioned, in His keeping

Till we gained our right.

God has fashioned, in His keeping

Till we gained, we gained our right.


Yes, we love with fond devotion

This our land that looms

Rugged, storm-scared o'er the ocean,

With her thousand homes.

And, as warrior sires have made her

Wealth and fame increase,

At the call we too will aid her,

Armed to guard her peace.

At the call we too will aid her,

Armed to guard, to guard her peace.
Copyright: Lyrics © Original




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Hdarlene

History show us how different things can change in years. The future has it's goals. If we can see both sides of this, or anything, we will truly open our eyes how wonderful the world really is.

How beautiful!!! It looks like the picture was taken at either sunrise or sunset as there is an orange tinge over all the houses and on the snow on the mountain sides. Lovely!

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