Less traffic at northern border between Finland and Russia

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Road towards Salla border checkpoint between Lapland and Russia’s Kola Peninsula. (Thomas Nilsen/The Independent Barents Observer)
Finnish Border Guard reports a 1% slip in traffic between Murmansk region and Lapland in second quarter.

It is less traffic over Salla that counts for the drop, down 7,5% compared with the same period in 2016. At Raja-Jooseppi, the northernmost checkpoint on the road between Ivalo and Murmansk, traffic was up 12,5% in second quarter.

51.944 border-crossings were counted at the two checkpoints in period from April 1 to June 30, Finnish Border Guard reports. 79% of all crossings at Raja-Jooseppi were made by Russians, while at Salla, 54% were Russians and 45% Finnish citizens.

While border traffic is down between Finland and Russia, the Norwegian, Russian border traffic is so far this year up 16 percent, a police official at Storskog checkpoints tells in an e-mail to the Barents Observer. Over 21.000 border crossings were counted between Murmansk and Norway in June.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: VIDEO: Do mobility devices in the Arctic need a rethink?, Eye on the Arctic

Finland:  Two French kayakers illegally cross Finnish border into Russia, Yle News

Norway: Russia, Norway border traffic up 18%, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Sweden faces criticism over border controls, Radio Sweden

Russia:  Migrants still try to make it from Russia to Norway, The Independent Barents Observer

United States: Alaskans in Cessna 172 make goodwill flight to Russia, Alaska Dispatch News

Thomas Nilsen, The Independent Barents Observer

Thomas Nilsen, The Independent Barents Observer

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