Border traffic up 20 percent
2019 could be the first year since 2015 with an increase in travelers across the Russian, Norwegian land border in the north.
By the end of November, 238,711 border crossings took place, according to figures by the Norwegian police in charge of passport control at Storskog checkpoint.
The increase in November was 20,7 percent compared with the same month last year.
For the first 11 months of 2019, 4,6 percent more border crossings took place compared with the same period of 2018.
While the number of border crossings is substantially up between Russia and Norway, the increase across the two northernmost checkpoints from the Kola Peninsula to Finnish Lapland is also up, but just a few hundreds compared with the same month last year, figures from Finland’s Border Guard shows.