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A Norwegian archipelago comprising Spitsbergen and other islands in the Arctic Ocean north of the mainland. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is located on Spitsbergen.
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(Norwegian ˈsvaːlbar)
(Placename) a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, about 650 km (400 miles) north of Norway: consists of the main group (Spitsbergen, North East Land, Edge Island, Barents Island, and Prince Charles Foreland) and a number of outlying islands; sovereignty long disputed but granted to Norway in 1920; coal mining. Administrative centre: Longyearbyen. Pop: 1970 (2013 est). Area: 62 050 sq km (23 958 sq miles). Also called: Spitsbergen
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(ˈsvɑl bɑr)

a group of islands in the Arctic Ocean, N of and belonging to Norway: includes the Spitsbergen group. 2,715; 23,958 sq. mi. (62,050 sq. km).
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Noun1.Svalbard - a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean
Kingdom of Norway, Noreg, Norge, Norway - a constitutional monarchy in northern Europe on the western side of the Scandinavian Peninsula; achieved independence from Sweden in 1905
Spitsbergen, Spitzbergen - islands in the Svalbard archipelago to the east of northern Greenland; belonging to Norway
Arctic Ocean - ice covered waters surrounding the North Pole; mostly covered with solid ice or with ice floes and icebergs
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Swishing around with foreign soil on land, however, is of justifiable concern; a fragile eco-system functioning far above the Arctic Circle, the Svalbard archipelago is at daily risk from invasive species.
Longyearbyen is a coal-mining town in the remote Svalbard chain of islands with a population of about 2000 residents.
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault recently achieved a noteworthy milestone: It now houses more than 1 million unique food crops.
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