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There are approximately 2 700 inhabitants in a small community of Karasjok (northern Norway). In the centre of the village, on the back side of the one of three supermarkets there is a place for conteiners with old technical stuff. When people buy a new washing machine they bring the old one here. Once a month the container has to be released. At the end of each month there are so many devices that it is possible to build a new apartment full of all necessary furniture.

A piece from the video

As electronic designs has been risen last 30 years, e-waste problem has emerged.  U.N Environmental Department warns that waste generated by electronic products and components pose major environmental and health hazards to the world in general and in particular to the world’s developing nations. Richer nations are already using developing countries as dumping grounds for their e-waste. This e-waste problem will only grow as continued development spurs sales of electronic devices in these poorer countries. The report indicates that communication devices such as cell phones and pagers are responsible for the fastest growth in electronic waste. Obsolete computer and refrigerator components are also major contributors to the problem.

The U.N. report calls for the regulation of collection and management of electronic waste.  Developing nations such as China and India, which currently perform inefficient and unregulated recycling of electronic waste leading to hazardous conditions for their populations, will need to come up with systems of e-waste regulation. Of particular concern is that although the waste from electrical products represents only a small percentage of the world’s total waste, the toxicity of its components generate more dangerous pollution than the larger mass of traditional waste in landfills.
 Guiyu is the largest electronic waste (e-waste) site on Earth, according to Wikipedia. Since late 1980s a lot of e-waste from overseas has been imported to China and dismantled at Guiyu. The state-run newspaper the Peoples Daily said in 2006 that Guiyus more than 5,500 e-waste business employed over 30,000 people. According to the local goverment Web site, city businesses process 1,5 million tons of e-waste a year, pulling in $75 million in revenue. As much as 80 percent of it comes from overseas. It’s as much as 10 times cheaper to export the waste to developing countries for the United States, as safety rules skyrocket domestic disposal costs, says the U.S. Enviromental Protection Agency. Americans scrap 400 million electronic products per year, and generated 2.6 million tons of e-waste in 2005.
U.N E-waste Form report

 GOOD Magazine: E-Waste

Following the E-waste Trail

Today is exactly three wekks as i live in this small arctic village Karasjok in Finmark, Norway.
Here are some my trophy: shells from the ocean, reindeer horns and colorful stones from mine not so far from Kautakeino, strange stone from waterfall near Lakselv, two pieces of marble, concrete block from world war 2 german hospital and several stones from the hill in Karasjok.

Moreover, I have found that Karasjok is a strange place atracted to strangers. What are they looking for here?

Jana is a traveler. She travels for 5 years n different parts of Europe, wirking as a volunteer. I met her on the sami wedding. She lives and works now in Huski Farm, 6 km from Karasjok, with 40 dogs and cute puppies. She hardly find what to do in Karasjok although when she has got a proposal to stay for a winter at huski farn she accepted it. It will be definitely an interesting experience!

I was looking for a person who organized a music festival in Karasjok in 70s when Marc came to me with question about any old local sami woman. He travels through Erope on his landrover, which almost like a home for him with fridge, oven, bathroom and two beds.

With Marc we made a small 2 by 2 m installation The Code in the mountains in Finland.

Yesterday we discovered a mine where I have found already existed instalation from my proposal for this resinedcy – ceiling with stars, although now it was made by time.

Marc told me story about romenian guy he met in Nordkapp, the most north place in Europe, who was looking for a job in Norway. After three days I sudenly met the same guy in Karasjok near my house. Andrey asked the way to Kirkines (320 km from Karasjok). He is 22, he does not have money, only a bit coins and he has been travelling for 5 months and 5 days mostly by hitchhiking. He also told me a bit about his experience.

Today I have found the house of my dream! It is not so far from the place where I live. 6 km biking is a good exercise. Then you experience completly different world. Here are several guest houses, a husky farm with 40 dogs and each house and stuff in it was made by hands of  the owners Sven Engholm and Christel Finne.

Here are some words from their website

Sxen is 11 time winner of Europe’s longest sled dog race, the “Finnmarksløpet – 1000 km. He is a top ten finisher in Iditarod – a 1800 km race in Alaska. He is an experienced outdoor guide and has also lead several expeditions to Spitsbergen, Greenland and across Siberia. Thanks to his university studies in natural geography, it is a pleasure for him to explain the many geographical and other natural phenomena’s while leading a tour.

The desire to do something meaningful in life brought me to Karasjok. I had a longing within me for untouched nature. Based upon my own feelings for the area – the exotic light, the darkness and the great plateau – I developed a product which is bearing fruit. I built up to what we have today which has, with the years, become the success I had hoped for when I started 1979.  Once infected with the sled dog mushing virus, there is no cure, there is only trail!”

Christel has background from mountain climbing, alpine and cross country skiing, touring with ski sail and pulka. Horse riding guide. 8 years full time working guide on overnight tours and expeditions with Engholm Husky sled dogs on the Finnmark plateau.

The freedom of being in nature, at all seasons with sled dogs gives me a feeling of life and when I came north – I got fascinated by the contrasts in the seasons. The bright summer nights with midnight sun and the arctic winter’s unique tranquillity with Northern lights. With my background knowledge and skills, I have joined in developing this fantastic place. And I enjoy very much when I can share all this with others.”

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Moreover I have found also the sound of this landscape