: The first signs of gold are spotted near the village of Kiistala, in connection with improvement work on the road leading to Pokka. The Geological Survey of Finland starts to investigate the deposit.
1998: Swedish exploration company Riddarhyttan Resources AB purchases the Suurikuusikko gold deposit and continues the geological surveys in the area.
2001: A mining patent is granted.
2002: An environmental permit is granted.
Canadian gold-mining company Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited takes an interest in the Suurikuusikko deposit, purchasing 14% of Riddarhyttan’s shares.
2005: Agnico-Eagle acquires the remainder of Riddarhyttan’s share capital.
2006: A feasibility study is presented to the Agnico-Eagle Board of Directors, who in June decides that a mine will be constructed. Construction begins immediately.
2008: Ore excavation by means of open pit mining commences in May, and mineral processing begins in August. The construction phase concludes as the year draws to a close.
2009: In January, the first doré bars are poured. The official inauguration ceremony is held in June.
2010: Steady production begins. October sees the start of gold production from the underground mine.
2011: By the end of the year, the Kittilä mine has Agnico-Eagle’s largest proven and probable reserves containing 5.2 million ounces of gold.
2012: Open-pit mining ends in November; mining operations continue exclusively in the underground mine.
2014: The expansion of the mineral-processing plant is completed, increasing the amount of ore processed in the plant to around 4,000 tons a day. A new mine office is also built.
2016: Kittilä mine produces its one millionth ounce of gold.
2018: Construction of the shaft and mill expansion began and an underground depth of 1,000 metres was reached.