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38 percent of the Russian immigrants in Norway stay in the North
07/06/2015
By Birgitte Wisur Olsen, Kirkenes, freelancer/Sør-Varanger Avis
Figures from Patchwork Barents show that Finnmark county has by far the highest rate of foreign immigrants in Barents Norway. In 2014, the rate was 111.77 immigrants per 1000 inhabitants. In comparison, Finnish Lapland registered only 4.41 foreign immigrants per 1000 inhabitants the same year.A publication by Statistics Norway shows that, by 2012, 14,892 Russians had immigrated to Norway. According to the publication, Russians made the fifth largest immigrant group in the country (the four largest being from Poland, Germany, Lithuania and Denmark).New research from associate professor at the Barents Institute, and professor at the Northern...
В Республике Коми резко возросло число больных ВИЧ
07/06/2015
By Arina Ulyanova, Murmansk State Humanities University
В 2014 году на каждые 100 тысяч жителей Республики Коми приходилось 38,6 ВИЧ-инфицированных, при том что до этого на протяжении трёх лет их число составляло 23,8. Это второй подобный скачок с 2011 года, когда количество инфекций в республике выросло сразу вдвое - с 12,3 до 23,8.Стоит отметить, что Коми - единственный регион на севере России, где уровень заболеваемости смертельным вирусом продолжает расти. К примеру, в Мурманской области количество новых случаев ВИЧ на каждые 100 тысяч человек в 2014 году сократилось с 47,4 до 46,8, несмотря на то, что по данному показателю область сохраняет своё лидерство как на севере России, так и во всем...
«It`s not a Choice, it`s a necessity»
Northern Russian women may retire already at 50, but for some this is pure theory
06/26/2015
By Birgitte Wisur Olsen, Kirkenes, freelancer/Sør-Varanger Avis
Russians have by far the lowest retirement age in the Barents Region, and also the lowest pensions. According to statistics published by Patchwork Barents the annual average pension in Finnmark, Norway, was 35,303 USD, and in Murmansk Oblast, Russia, 4,874 USD in 2012. The regional statistics also show a major gap in the average retirement age, a seventeen-year difference. Women in the Russian North may retire already at age 50, and northern men at 55. In the rest of Russia, the normal retirement age is 55 for women and 60 for men. In comparison, the retirement age in neighboring country Norway is 67. However, the public sector, and partly...
Russian Karelia becomes extinct through natural causes
Over the past 25 years, the number of reported deaths in the republic consistently exceeds the number of births
06/24/2015
By Gleb Yarovoy, Petrozavodsk State University
In 2014, the Republic of Karelia lost 1,348 people (7,918 people were born, 9,266 people died). Figures from the republic's official web portal show that, in 2015, the population decline has accelerated: over the past five months (January-May) 4,135 people have died, and only 3,011 babies were born. Thus, in less than half a year, the loss amounted to 1,124 people, which is almost the same number as for the entire 2014.Some "episodes" of regional statistics are rather shocking: in May 2015, for the first time in many years (or probably over the entire history of collecting statistical data), the death rate exceeded the birth rate in the town...
Passenger flow in Norwegian airports is the highest in the Barents Region
06/22/2015
By Arina Ulyanova, Murmansk State Humanities University
Passenger flows in airports, located in Northern Norway, totaled 6.7 million people in 2014. This is the highest rate in the entire Barents Region.The highest number of passengers, 3 million, was served by airports in Troms County, followed by Nordland County, which served 2.6 million people. The lowest passenger traffic in Northern Norway was registered in Finnmark County – 1.2 million people, shows data from Patchwork Barents. Northern Sweden takes second place in the Barents Region by the number of served air travelers, which totaled 2.9 million last year. Passenger flows in the Finnish airports amounted to two million people, and last in...
Пассажиропоток в аэропортах Норвегии – самый высокий в Баренц-регионе
06/22/2015
By Arina Ulyanova, Murmansk State Humanities University
В 2014 году пассажиропоток в аэропортах, расположенных в северной части Норвегии, составил 6,7 млн человек. Это самый высокий показатель во всем Баренц-регионе.Больше всего пассажиров обслужили аэропорты губернии Тромс – 3 млн человек, далее следует Нурланд – 2,6 млн человек, и самый низкий пассажиропоток был зарегистрирован в Финнмарке – 1,2 млн человек, показывает статистика PatchworkBarents. На втором месте в Баренц-регионе по количеству обслуженных  авиапассажиров оказалась Швеция – 2,9 млн человек. В финских аэропортах пассажиропоток составил 2 млн человек, и на последней строчке в этом списке осталась Россия - за год аэропорты,...
Number of murders in Northern Russia decreased thrice since the 1990s
06/19/2015
By Arina Ulyanova, Murmansk State Humanities University
The number of murders in the northern regions of Russia has decreased almost thrice since the 1990s, when, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the country experienced a large-scale social and economic crisis.According to the statistics of Patchwork Barents, in the five oblasts of Northwestern Russia (Murmansk Oblast, Archangelsk Oblast, Nenets AO, the Republic of Karelia and the Komi Republic) there were registered 384 homicides in 2014. As a comparison, in 1995, their number totaled 1,052. The situation started to improve at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Thus, in 2002, the number of murders decreased to 881, in 2008 to 564...
За 10 лет число убийств на севере России сократилось втрое
06/19/2015
By Arina Ulyanova, Murmansk State Humanities University
Количество убийств в северных регионах России сократилось почти в три раза по сравнению с 1990-ми, когда после распада Советского Союза в стране разгорелся масштабный экономический и социальный кризис.По данным Patchwork Barents, в 2014 году в пяти областях Северо-Запада России (Архангельская область, Мурманская область, Ненецкий АО, Республика Карелия и Республика Коми) было зарегистрировано 384 убийства. Для сравнения, в 1995 году их число достигало 1052. Ситуация начала налаживаться в начале XXI века. Так, в 2002 году количество убийств сократилось до 881, в 2008 – до 564, и в 2013 году упало до рекордных 347.Самый криминальный район...
Ore production record in northern Sweden
Base metals and precious metals increase most, while iron ore production remains at historically high level.
06/16/2015
By Atle Staalesen, The Independent Barents Observer
The Swedish mining industry might be in a state of crisis. However, at the same time, 2014 was the most productive year for Swedish ore production ever, BarentsObserver reports. Ore production reached an all-time high for the fifth consecutive year with a total production of approximately 81 million tons, the newspaer informs.Production of base metals and precious metals accounted for the increase, while production of iron ore remained on the same level as in 2013. As illustrated by figures from Patchwork Barents, output from company LKAB's mines in the Norrbotten County in 2014 amounted to 25,7 million tons. </div...
Unpaid wages in Murmansk Oblast top record levels
05/21/2015
By Arina Ulyanova, Murmansk State Humanities University
The latest statistics show that employers in Murmansk Oblast owe their employees almost 180 million roubles, which is the largest salary debt in Russia.According to the preliminary figures of Murmanskstat as of May 1st, 2015, the total overdue wage debt in the region reached 178 million roubles, and therefore increased by four million roubles compared to the previous month. At the beginning of April, the amount owed to employees in Murmansk Oblast was 174 million roubles, which, as data from Rosstat show, exceeded figures of other regions by several times. As a comparison, in the neighbouring Republic of Karelia, unpaid wages totaled 47.2...

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