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Svalbard is extremely cold the max tempreature is 5 degrees and the lowest is -17 degrees.

Why is there no HIV or AIDS in Svalbard?

It is certainly true that, when reading the UNAIDS statistics, Svalbard seems to stand out as having no reported cases of HIV and AIDS; but this probably is not as strange as it may at first seem.. What isolated statistical facts like this fail tell you is that Svalbard is an isolated Arctic archipelago with a population of only around 2,400 people (a large proportion of whom are only temporary residents, with a permanent residence elsewhere in Norway or Russia).. Even if Svalbard had exactly the same prevalence of HIV as the rest of Norway (of which it is a part), then you would statistically only expect to find less than one person there who was living with HIV.. If just one person there became infected with HIV, then Svalbard would suddenly stand out as having a higher prevalence of HIV than the rest of Norway.. You may also want to consider whether or not a person with a chronically weakened immune system would actually choose to live permanently in a remote place with very limited medical facilities, average summer teperatures of just 5 degrees Celsius (41 degrees Fahrenheit) and where most employment opportunities are in the physically demanding industries of coal mining and fishing. I certainly would not.

Where is Svalbard located?

Svalbard is located far north of the ARCTIC circle about 600 miles from the north pole. it is in Norway territory and u can fly from oslo or tromso. it is at the north east of Greenland and almost due north of Norway longyearbyen is the capital of spitsbergen which is 1 of 3 islands to make up the svalbard islands. inhabitants is about 2000+

Why Is Svalbard so cold?

Svalbard is so cold because it is inside the Arctic Circle, with along winter period (and very short days in winter).

Why is Svalbard a fantastic place?

Svalbard is a fantastic place because its a great place for scientists and its the farthest north inhabited place ever. There are also loads of polar bears.

Who owns Svalbard?

Currently, Norway owns Svalbard. They have the same currency, the same language, and the same geography.

What is svalbard like?

Svalbard is (in my opinion) an amazing place. Why? Well because it holds so many features in which are extraordinary such as, Northern lights, Seed vault and painted houses. It is also very cold (Because it is inside the Arctic Circle) Hope that helped :)

What is the currency in svalbard?

The currency in Svalbard is the Norwegian krone (NOK). The officiallanguage is Norwegian and the 2012 estimated population is 2,642.

How will global warming affect Svalbard?

Svalbard has sea ice in winter, and glaciers all the year round,but it is also warmed by the North Atlantic Drift, a warm currentthat continues from the Gulf Stream. Global warming may change the movement, direction and temperatureof the ocean currents, so any change will mean colder temperaturesfor Svalbard, at least for a while. If the North Atlantic Drift continues to warm the islands then thesea ice will disappear, forcing polar bears to hunt on land, or tomove north, closer to the pole.

How was svalbard formed?

Svalbard is believed to have been discovered as early as the 12th century. The islands were used for fishing, whaling, hunting, etc. Svalbard was first indisputably discovered by the Dutchman Willem Barentsz in 1596. The archipelago would then be settled by the Danish, Dutch, English, French, Norwegians, and Russians. Americans later started establishing bases in Svalbard, but most interests were bought by the Norwegians during World War I. The first talks of sovereignty of Svalbard occurred in 1910, but was interrupted by WWI. But when the war ended, the Svalbard Treaty was created during the Paris Peace Conference (1920), signing sovereignty over to Norway. Since then, the islands have been an integral part of Norway, and not a dependency or territory, but a region.

What animals live in Svalbard?

Some animals that live in Svalbard are polar bears and arctic foxes. These animals can suffer cold conditions and suit Svalbards surroundings! Other animals live their as well! unicorns The previous user got the answer wrong. Animals include, reindeer, polar bears, gannets, ptarmigans, whales, arctic foxes, snowy owls and NO penguins. Well the only animals i know that are in Svalbard are the polar bear and the arctic fox.

What is the average temperature in summer in Svalbard?

Summers in Svalbard are extremely cool, but not bitterly cold. Temperatures are actually quite predictable and are typically in the 40's in the day and 30's at night. It rarely makes it into the 50's, though this is occurring more these days (The High Arctic is warming more than anywhere on the globe). I don't believe it has ever reached 60 degrees, at least at Longyearbyen. But it is also relatively immune to incursions of cold air that would bring snow and extended subfreezing temperatures due to being surrounded by water. Even so far north, there simply is not a source of cold air to do this when there are 24 hours of daylight to heat the surface, however weakly. Otherwise, conditions tend to be cloudy and somewhat windy, with frequent light rain.

What is the jobs in svalbard?

Most people in Svalbard either work in the mining industry, the tourism industry or doing research at the University. There are also jobs in some shops & bars.

Who discovered svalbard?

William Barentz discovered it in 1596 (with the Dutch), though it may have been visited centuries prior by Scandinavians.

Is there any water in Svalbard?

Svalbard is surrounded by the Arctic Ocean. There is plenty of running water in the summer with melt streams from glaciers and melting snow.

Why the Global seed bank in Svalbard?

the global seed vault was built in svakbard because they could dig deep into the mountain so they could build it into the mountain because they needed somewhere big.

What transport goes from leeds to svalbard?

The easiest method is probably a series of flights; Manchester-Heathrow-Oslo-Tromso-Longyearbyen. Be warned that if timed wrong this takes 28 hours, but once a week a set of flights do it in just under nine.

How do you travel around svalbard?

Snow mobiles (AKA snow machines or scooters) are permitted in most locations. During the summer, you can drive - there are roads. Boats are useful as well.

What is svalbard famous for?

Svalbard is an island near Norway and if famous for it's polar bears and snow. There are many eskimos living in Svalbard and there are some snob-based events, though nothing too interesting. I think the main attraction is the Northern Lights, but you might want to google that before putting it into a factual document. The only way to get to Svalbard is a plane from Oslo airport. Hope this was useful :)

What do people wear at svalbard?

They wear clothes appropriate for the weather. In the summer it's relatively warm, and a light jacket will suffice. In winter, you might need many layers with hat, gloves, balaclava....

What are your impressions on Svalbard?

Svalbard can be very bleak and scary, especially if you arrive during the Arctic night. It is however stunningly beautiful. The weather takes some serious adjustment to get used to. The town of Longyearbyden is small, but provides everything needed, the number of young families present was startling at first, as was the presence of an active night-life. The adjustment period, especially the course on survival was very challenging but well worth doing for the experiences of the rest of the stay. Feel free to message me if you'd like any further information.

What is svalbards precipitation?

Precipitation is very light being in the High Arctic. Mostly it is in the form of snow, but in the summer months it is typically rain. It is heavier on the east side and up in elevation where orographic effects are enhanced. Longyearbyen, the capital, averages only about 200mm annually.

When will all the ice in svalbard have melted?

Svalbard's glaciers are estimated to be roughly in balance. Some are surging so they are difficult to gauge. There is a very large amount of ice on Svalbard, so even if they were clearly melting, it would take a very long time to become ice free.

Why is svalbard 24hrs dark?

Because it is well above the Arctic Circle, where the Earth is tilted too far from the sun during winter months for any sunlight to reach it. During summer, however, it is opposite - 24 hours of sunlight.

Where in Svalbard can you find the most animals?

Different animals prefer different habitats. You'll find the polar bears, walruses, and seals on the east side more often because they generally need sea ice. Reindeer and Arctic Fox are everywhere. Birds tend to have some preferred havens that you can google for a better idea.

How many animals live in Svalbard?

Well, I don't know how many, but some of the more common are walruses, different birds, geese and gulls. Also Arctic foxes, and there is such a thing as a Svalbard reindeer. Look it up if you don't believe me. And of course, lots of fish and bacteria and small things in the water in and near it.

What is Svalbard official language?

The official language of Svalbard is Norwegian, most also speak English (The University teaches in English) and a significant percentage speak other languages as well.

Who lives in svalbard?

Normal people like you and me. But they just live in a cold isolated place. I Longyearbyen (capital) they have a small supermarket to source the whole town/city. Further into the vicious north and more isolated parts inuits live. The people there are just like us.

How could you get to svalbard?

Some cruises of the Norwegian coast go to Svalbard, however the safest and cheapest method is a flight from Tromso to the one public airport on the island which is in Longyearbyen, this flight goes about once a day, flights from Tromso to the Norwegian capital Oslo are far more regular. There are a number of restrictions in Svalbard about where you are allowed to be, much of the island is reserve, not to mention dangerous, it is against the law to leave the town area of Longyearbyen without a method of defence against polar bears.

How long do winters in Svalbard last?

This really depends on what you want to count as winter. There is snow all year round and the temperature remains consistently sub-zero until early May. The Arctic night ends in March and the arctic day starts in early May.

What Is Happening in svalbard at the moment?

The melting Ice has exposed a secret government military bunker, when the bunker was spotted, stories came out pertaining to this huge underground facility cut into a mountain was a store bank for 10,000 variates of seed. So why the secrecy and why such a vast complex.

How many schools are in svalbard?

There is one main school in Longyearbyen, Svalbard for all ages of school children, there is also a kindergarten and a University- UNIS, which is part of the University of Tromso.