Last year 224 families from the Komi Republic, the easternmost part of Barents Russia, received housing certificates to move out of the region, the republic’s official web portal informs.
The federal program for moving people out of Russia’s northern areas is expected to increase considerably in 2015. The local authorities in the Komi Republic are expected to then get 859.4 million rubles (app €19 million) to these aims.
The Komi Republic had 889,837 inhabitants on January 1 2012. The population reached its peak in 1989 with 1,250,847 inhabitants and has been steadily declining since then.
Regular military relations between Norway and Russia have been halted for more than a year, but the two countries’ Coast Guard Services continue cooperate on protection of borders and resources in the Barents Sea.
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.
Norwegian business leaders and academics interviewed by Yle’s Swedish-language news service say they are disappointed in the overall level of Swedish language skills among its job applicants from Finland.