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How many glaciers are there in Sweden?
There are around 250 glaciers in Sweden.
Salajekna, in the Municipality of Arjeplog is the largest.
It covers an area that is the size of
4500 football pitches.
Glaciers form in hollows and slopes
high up in the mountains, where there is snow all year round.
The winter snow only partly melts away.
The rest remains and forms ice after 20-30 years.
The mass of ice builds up over hundreds of years.
Eventually, the weight of the ice is so great that it begins to move.
A glacier has formed.
No glaciers are forming in Sweden any more
and the ones we have are melting and thus becoming smaller.
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