❚ YESTERDAY A NEW RECORD WAS SET for the northernmost visitor to Shapersofthe80s who lives in Hammerfest in Norway with the coordinates of latitude and longitude 70°39′N, 23°40′E, as logged for us by Revolver Maps. The municipality is fractionally more northerly than Tromsø in Norway which has held the record for many months at 69°41′N. Hammerfest is an important tourist destination in Finnmark, which is a county in the extreme northeast of Norway, bordered by Troms county to the west, Finland (Lapland) to the south and Russia (Murmansk Oblast) to the east. Hammerfest is experiencing an economic boom from the exploitation of natural gas.
And the latest weather forecast for Hammerfest predicts strong breezes and rain during the Christmas holiday, although webcams show plenty of snow on the ground in the neighbouring region of Vasskogen.
Our southernmost visitors live at Río Grande, the industrial capital of the Tierra del Fuego province in Argentina (53°47′S, 67°42′W), where Motorola manufactures up to 90 per cent of its mobile phones. This is only a smidgeon further south than another reader in Punta Arenas, the capital city of Chile’s southernmost region, Magallanes and Antartica Chilena.