Illustration by Murmansk government

New skyline for world’s biggest Arctic city

Marred by population decline and strained economy, Murmansk hopes it can stir growth by building of new futuristic and fancy city quarters on the western shores the Kola Bay.
September 03, 2019

The project «New Murmansk» was presented by acting regional governor Andrey Chibis in his meeting with President Putin last week.

The plan for a New Murmansk. Illustration by Murmansk government

The sketches presented to the President show skyscrapers, five-star hotels, a large congress center and more than 40 large housing complexes.

«This would provide us with new impetus for growth, including for the economy and give us status as the capital of the Arctic,» Chibis underlined.

The new part of the city is projected to be built in Abram-Mys, an area on the western side of the Kola Bay.


“New Murmansk”. Illustation by regional government



A key component in the new city quarters would be a new research and science center, that would focus on nuclear physics.

«We have the nuclear fleet, the submarine fleet, [and] the submariners study in Obninsk [central Russia] while they could have studied directly here, close to their place of service,» the acting governor told the president.

And the projected congress center would help the region set the agenda in Arctic issues, he argued.

«This is a project for a new Murmansk where we can consolidate practically the whole international Arctic agenda, bring it to our place.»

A regional City Development Center was established in July to follow up the project.

Murmansk has since the late 1980s experiences dramatic and un-interrupted out-migration and population decline. The Arctic region today has a population of less than 750,000 compared with 1,2 million in year 1990.

In the City of Murmansk there are now less than 293 thousand people. It is still the biggest city north of the Arctic Circle.


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