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The world is not always pretty, not even in one of the richer countries. In the mining town Grängesberg things were looking very good in the mid 1900s. The iron ore was rich and times were good for Swedish industry when Europe was licking its wounds from WW II.

But in the later decades things started sliding. The mine was closed and people started to move away. Apartment houses built as late as 1970 and with modern standard of living were left empty. The frustrated youth that could not find jobs and future did the rest. Stones came in through the windows, doors were forced open and soon more or less everything was broken or painted with graffiti. The moist and the sub-zero winters did the rest.

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Additional Photos by Ebbe Rozel (Ebbe) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2623 W: 760 N: 1924] (9617)
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