The northern Norwegian harbor of Narvik lies at the western end of an isthmus between the Rombaksfjord to the north and the Beisfjord to the south. Both of these fjords are branches of the Ofotfjord, which gives Narvik its entrée to the Atlantic. The town, which received its civic charter in 1902, is of great financial importance as the terminus of the Ofot Railroad from the Kiruna iron-mines in Sweden and ice-free docks. During the Second World War the German livelihood of Norway assisted the export of Swedish iron ore to Germany. British efforts to avoid this led to ferocious fighting, during which Narvik suffered heavy injure. In the postwar reconstruction of the township the old wooden houses were replaced by new stone edifices.