Russia-Norway border traffic up in July

Borisoglebsk, a Russian border checkpoint to Norway. (Thomas Nilsen/The Independent Barents Observer)
Most Russians go to Norway for shopping and when the ruble gets stronger against the krone follows more cross-border travel.

The Russian ruble performance versus the Norwegian krone has led to more value for money when people from Murmansk go to neighbouring Kirkenes, Arctic Norway for shopping.

Last year, following the dive of the ruble, border crossings between the Kola Peninsula and Norway were down 3.8%. Now, the downward trend might see an end.

A Russian shopper in Kirkenes, Arctic Norway. (Thomas Nilsen/The Independent Barents Observer)

Since September last year, the value of ruble versus the krone has increased by nearly 15%, from about 0,12 to 0,14 kroner for one ruble.

“The figures for July show that 21,269 border crossings took place at Storskog. This is an increase by 7,61% compared with July 2018,” the police in charge of Norwegian immigration at the border checkpoint writes in an e-mail to the Barents Observer.

However, a good exchange rate and inflation at a historic low do not mean all economic forecast shows clear skies. 2019 seems to be the six straight year with a fall in real incomes for most Russians, the Financial Times recently reported.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Northerners’ hopes of sponsoring family members dashed, CBC News

Finland: Finland to upgrade Arctic border-crossing point to welcome more traffic from northern Russia, The Independent Barents Observer

Norway: Russian visa applications in Norway hit 10-year-low, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Russia to introduce e-visa without invitation in 2021, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Sweden to grant refugee status to Chinese Uighurs, Radio Sweden

Thomas Nilsen, The Independent Barents Observer

Thomas Nilsen, The Independent Barents Observer

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