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With its 2,067 people Svalbard is the 226th largest country in the world by population. It is the 124th largest country by area with 62,045 square kilometers. First discovered by the Norwegians in the 12th century, the islands served as an international whaling base during the 17th and 18th centuries. Norway's sovereignty was recognized in 1920; five years later it officially took over the territory.
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