Scenery of Midteehuken
postmarked in 2013 with a Norway stamp
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Spitsbergen is the largest and only permanently populated island of the Svalbard archipelago. Constituting the westernmost bulk of the archipelago, it borders the Arctic Ocean, the Norwegian Sea, and the Greenland Sea. Spitsbergen covers an area of 39,044 km2 (15,075 sq mi).
Svalbard is about midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole.