Two hundred kilometres above the Arctic Circle hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers are finding a new life in northern Norway, but recently the doors have been shutting on those desperate to start fresh in the High North.
Given existing trends, demographers say Russia’s population will shrink from the current level of 142 million to something between 125 million and 135 million by 2025, and could fall to as low as 100 million by 2050.
School No 1 in Murmansk on September 1 opens the first ever Norwegian-Russian class in the region. The 15 students, five of them Norwegians, will have all lectures in English and follow the Norwegian study plan.
The planned bid for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Tromsø, Norway, is about to wreck as new cost estimates show a sum twice the size of the original budget. In Russia, meanwhile, the government intends to spend more than three times that sum on its 2014 Sochi Olympics.