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Kirkenes lies in the very north and east of Norway in the provence Finnamrk and lies about 400km (240 miles) northern of the artic circle.. It has about 6000 inhabitants. The russian border is only 5 km away from Kirkenes. The mean temperature is −11.5°C (11.3°F) in January, and 12.6°C (54.6°F) in July, with an annual precipitation of 450mm (17.7in). The record low was measured at −41°C (−41.8°F) and the record high was measured at 32.7°C (90.8°F). July 2004 was the warmest month on record, with a mean temperature of 16.9°C (62.4°F). In former days Kirkenes used to live from mining iron ore, but since the mines are closed, Kirkenes is an touristic place, because of it's location(it's the end of the world!). The end (or beginning) of the notorious 'Hurtigruten' route (from the south of Norway, Bergen to to upper north, Kirkenes), is in Kirkenes. The local airport 'Høybuktmoen' has non-stop flights to Tromsø and Oslo.
Because of the eastern location of Kirkenes it's possible to travel from Norway to Russia, with a time difference of two hours. When you go to the west, into Finland, it's possible to travel west and gain an hour, not lose one.