The Russian population increased with 4600 people during the first eleven months of 2012. Although this may not sound like a very high number, it is a remarkable improvement compared to the first eleven months of 2011, when the country lost nearly 130 000 inhabitants.
79 of Russia’s 83 federal subjects experienced growth in birth rates last year. 17 of the regions had more than 8 percent growth in birth rates, RBC reports.
The highest growth in birth rates of all Russian regions is registered in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug, where 16 percent more babies were born compared to the year before, N-west reports. The region also had the largest decline in infant mortality rate.
Nenets Autonomous Okrug, the sparsely populated northeastern corner of the Barents Region, is one of the wealthiest regions of Russia. The regional balance account for the first nine months of 2012 showed a surplus of a billion rubles (€24,5 million) and salaries are among the highest in the country.
The economy in Nenets is fueled by oil. Big oil. Revenues come from property tax and the regions production sharing agreement (PSA) for the Kharyaga oil field on the tundra.
The Faroese economy benefits greatly from its monopoly of the Russian salmon market. The islands’ biggest marine produce company, Bakkafrost, has seen its stock surge about 100 percent over the past year, including re-invested dividends.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Sports in the Barents region have joined forces and established Barents Games. This weekend athletes from all over the region met in Oulu to compete in 14 differents sports during the Barents Summer Games. See our slide show from the competitions.
People participating in culture-, sport and Barents cooperation projects can from October apply for visa to Norway without paying a single ruble, says Marit Egholm Jacobsen with the Norwegian Consulate General in Murmansk.