Border-crossings down 18 percent

In November, 3441 Norwegians and 2289 Russians crossed the border using the border regime permit.

After years of booming traffic, November saw the second month in a row with a decline in the number of people crossing the Norwegian-Russian border, Barents Observer reports.

With a plummeting ruble against the dollar and euro, visiting Norway has become less attractive for people on the Russian side of the border. Storskog, the only border-crossing point between the two countries, reports about an 18 percent decline in traffic in November compared to the same month in 2013.


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