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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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A small colony of walruses in the Svalbard islands. Photo: Valter Bernardeschi
On Norway's Arctic Svalbard islands, more than 100 people were evacuated as a precaution because of a storm and the risk of avalanches.
Even though the area is remote and has more polar bears than people, the seas around the Svalbard islands are polluted with plastic from around the world.
The vault on the Svalbard islands in the Arctic Ocean was damaged when rising temperature caused the permafrost to start to melt.
The most spectacular viewing came on Norway's Svalbard islands near the North Pole, where a bright clear day and blindingly white snow highlighted the cosmic wonder that used to bring ancient civilizations to a trembling halt.
"But the pain and the hunger is assumed to have influenced the bear's behaviour significantly." Eton College pupil Horatio, 17, was sleeping in his tent during the adventure on Norway's Svalbard islands in 2011 when the bear pounced.
Horatio Chapple, 17, was on an adventure holiday to the remote Svalbard islands in August 2011 with the British Schools Exploring Society (BSES) when he died.
On the Svalbard islands, the two foreign ministers will visit Ny Alesund, a research station situated at 79 degrees north and the world's northernmost permanent settlement.
Glaciers near the world's northernmost settlement, Ny-lesund, on Norway's Svalbard islands, have been melting fast as the impact of climate change is amplified in the Arctic.
"I also undertook an expedition around Norway's Svalbard Islands in 2007 which meant 24 days on the sea ice, so I have some ex-perience and interest in the polar regions."
The 1,007ft high cliff is more than 1,300 miles from the North Pole but the Svalbard Islands are the only remaining piece of land that separates you from the Arctic at this point.