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Spitsbergen full of surprises

Spitsbergen and the Svalbard archipelago, of which Spitsbergen is a part, is a specific place. Full of surprises and rules not binding in other parts of the world. The ignorance of them may not only make it difficult to get around Spitsbergen, but it may even affect our safety. Did you know that…

Pursuant to the Spitsbergen Treaty, all signatories (currently 42 countries, including Poland) have equal rights in economic and scientific activity. This means that they can be active in the fields of hunting, fishing, maritime activities, industry, mining and commerce. They can also conduct scientific research in concord with local regulations. Svalbard is also a demilitarized zone.

A few weeks before the delivery, women have to fly ashore (there is no delivery room in the hospital) and you can stay on the island for as long as you can take care of yourself. The average age does not exceed 40 years. There is a small cemetery in Longyearbyen, but the coffins have not been buried here for over 50 years. Corpses are sent to the mainland according to the last place of the person's registration.

The bear's skin is black, therefore it absorbs more heat on sunny days. The fur is white or cream and becomes yellow with age. In captivity, it can take on a greenish hue due to the development of algae in it.

This is because you cannot stay here without a job. If this happens, the governor of the island will ensure that you leave the archipelago efficiently and as quickly as possible, of course at your expense. Some of the works are seasonal, so it's not surprising that some people have 3-4 jobs. In most cases, you need to know Norwegian.

In this case, each time it is checked whether it could have been possible to avoid shooting the bear and whether there could have been a self-defence situation. Killing a bear is the last resort. First you have to use all other methods (whistle, flares, warning shots) and only in the situation of immediate threat of life - shoot at the target.

Moving around the island requires having a gun or being under the protection of a guide with a weapon. The situation does not refer to Longyearbyen itself, because bears usually do not approach the city, although they sometimes used to do so. The principle also has it that you may not bring any weapons to any service establishments. There are usually cards on them informing you that all the bears in the shop / restaurant / building are dead, so there is a request to leave your mauser outside in an especially prepared hiding place.

They are a threat to the population of birds living in the archipelago.

Street naming does not exist. Streets are marked with numbers.

It also does not rise for similar time. During the polar night children are sent for special UV irradiation.

This place is nothing more than the last resort for our species in case of a catastrophe. The project was started to protect the majority of plant species known on Earth from disappearing. About 800,000 articles of different materials are currently stored there. Due to very low temperature, seed storage is carried out without electricity.

The best map can be found on the Norwegian Polar Institute website at: http://toposvalbard.npolar.no/. The current map of the ice cap can be viewed on the Norwegian Meteorological Institute's website at: http://polarview.met.no/.