Murmansk and Arkhangelsk population continues to decline

Arkhangelsk is still the largest city in the Barents Region. (Thomas Nilsen/The Independent Barents News)
New figures say population on Russia’s Kola Peninsula continues to decline amid efforts to support families to get more children. The Murmansk Region now has an estimated population of 755,700 by August 1, figures from Murmansk Statistics show. That is down 1,900 persons from the start of the year.

As of the 2010 Census, Murmansk Oblast population was 795,409. In other words, the population has decreased by nearly 40,000 people over the last seven years.

In Arkhangelsk Oblast, figures from the regional statistic authorities show a decline in population by 8,427 persons from 2016 to 2017. Over the last four years since 2013, population in the Oblast is down 37,693. There are now 1,12 million people living in the region.

Elderly man in Arkhangelsk. (Thomas Nilsen/The Independent Barents Observer)
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Thomas Nilsen, The Independent Barents Observer

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