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Swedish city forms giant 'thumbs up'

March 17, 2013 at 12:38 PM

LULEA, Sweden, March 17 (UPI) -- Residents of Lulea, Sweden, gathered to make a giant Facebook "thumbs up" in an effort to break a Guinness World Record and mark the city's growing population.

A total of 2,493 Lulea residents came together Saturday to form the giant "thumbs up" on the ice the frozen town harbor, The Local.se reported.

The event was created to try and break the Guinness World Record for the biggest human hand on ice, and also to celebrate the city's population growing to over 75,000 residents -- the event took place on the 75th day of the year, March 16th, to recognize the continued growth of the town.

"Today, we gave a thumbs up for Lulea. I'm proud of how we together, through hard teamwork, year after year manage to grow and evolve," said Karl Petersen, Mayor of Lulea.

The "thumbs up" initiative was was also a nod to Facebook, which recently opened up a hub in Lulea -- the first international facility for the company.

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