Population in northwest Russia continues to slide

The population of the Murmansk region has decreased by over 5,000 people in 2018. (Thomas Nilsen/The Independent Barents Observer)
There are now less than three quarter of a million people living on the Kola Peninsula.

By beginning of 2019, Murmansk Oblast had 748,000 inhabitants, regional news online Severpost reports with reference to Murmansk Statistics.

That is more than 5,000 people less than in January 2018, when Murmansk Oblast had 753,557 inhabitants. Also, the decrease over the last 12 months is sharper than from 2017 to 2018, when population was down slightly more than 3,000 people.

In the city of Murmansk, the largest city anywhere in the world above the Arctic Circle, the number of inhabitants is now 292,600 people.

The city of Monchegorsk, on the Kola Peninsula. (Thomas Nilsen/The Independent Barents Observer)

Apatity is now second biggest town in the region with 55,200 people followed by the Northern Fleet’s headquarters town Severomorsk with 52,600 and the industrial town of Monchegorsk as the forth largest with 41,500 inhabitants.

In Soviet times, more than one million people lived on the Kola Peninsula.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Access to affordable housing a challenge in Northern Canadian cities, CBC News

Finland: Fewer than 50,000 births in Finland last year, Yle News

Norway: Immigration curbs population decline in Norway’s northernmost county, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Population dropping in Northwestern Russia, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Small town hopes to reverse depopulation trend affecting rural and Northern Sweden, Radio Sweden

United States: Why are people moving away from Alaska?, Alaska Public Media

Thomas Nilsen, The Independent Barents Observer

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