There are now less than three quarter of a million people living on the Kola Peninsula.
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.
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