Czechs open new polar station in Svalbard, Norway

The University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice opened the first Czech polar research station in Svalbard, Norway on Tuesday. A house in Longyearbyen was purchased by the university and converted at the cost of 30 million crowns. Longyearbyen that is the administrative centre of the Norwegian archipelago and is the northernmost town in the world. Czech scientists mainly want to use the station between June and September; at the same time, the station can be used throughout the year. Until now, scientists had worked at a leased station; the new station includes two laboratories and accommodation for 20 people.