Sami reindeer herder Nils Mathis Sara drives his ATV as he follows a herd on Finnmark Plateau in Norway [Reuters/Stoyan Nenov]

Norway has approved the building of a copper mine near Europe’s northernmost point despite years of opposition from indigenous Sami herders and fishermen.

“The mining project will strengthen the industrial base in the north,” Industry Minister Torbjoern Roe Isaksen of the centre-right coalition government said in a statement.

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“It will

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