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Work for nomination

The Swedish work for the nomination of the Struve Geodetic Arc on the UNESCO World Heritage List has mainly been done by Lantmäteriet (the Swedish Mapping, Cadastre and Land Registration Authority). Riksantikvarieämbetet (the Swedish National Heritage Board) is the Swedish agency that on a national level is responsible for heritages issues.

Current work

The active preservation of the Swedish Struve World Heritage points is done by Lantmäteriet in collaboration with the four municipalities where the points are situated (Haparanda municipality, Övertorneå municipality, Pajala municipality and Kiruna municipality). Contact person at Lantmäteriet is Dan Norin (e-mail: dan(dot)norin(at)lm(dot)se).


Of the seven Swedish sites in Struve Geodetic Arc, four are preserved as a World Heritage points. These four points are from south to north Perävaara, Pullinki, Jupukka and Tynnyrilaki. Information signs of metal have been placed on the points. Efforts have also been done to make the points more accessible.
A monument over the triangulation chain measured under the leadership of the Frenchman Pierre Louis Moreau de Maupertuis in 1736-37 is placed at the point Pullinki. The mission of this expedition was to measure the length of a degree of the meridian in order to determine if the earth was oblate or prolate at all.

Perävaara is situated approximately 25 km northwest of Haparanda in the vicinity of Karungi on a forested hill. From a small road, there is a 400-metre walk to the point, which is marked by a cross.
Pullinki is a mountain close to Svanstein with a small ski resort, where the point is located close to the summit.
Jupukka is since 1977 a nature reserve situated northwest of Pajala and north of the bridge over the Torne River along riksväg 99. A 500-metre steep walk to the top.
Tynnyrilaki is situated approximately 30 km southeast of Karesuando and east of riksväg 99. After 7 km on gravel roads, there is a parking lot at the northern foot of the mountain, from where it is a 1-kilometre walk. The name originates from the Swedish word “tunna”, which means “barrel”, since barrels were used as optical signals during the measurements.


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Coffee-break at Perävaara, marked
by a cross in a stone. Photo:
Haparanda municipality.
Monument over the triangulation chain
measured under the leadership of
Pierre Louis Moreau de Maupertuis in
1736-37 at Pullinki. Photo: Hans-
Fredrik Wennström.
Information sign at Jupukka. Photo:
Nienke Beintema.
Jupukka2.jpg Tynnyrilaki1.jpg Tynnyrilaki2.jpg
An opening ceremony for the Swedish
World Heritage points was held in
2006 at Jupukka by Kerstin Fredga,
president of the Royal Academy of
Sciences. Photo: Tõnu Viik.
Stone cairn at Tynnyrilaki, the cross in
a stone that the man is pointing at is
a secure marker. Photo: Jerry
Clear cutting from Tynnyrilaki towards
the Finnish World Heritage point
Stuorrahanoaivi. Photo: Jerry
The route to Tynnyrilaki. Photo:
Jerry Norendahl.

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