Northern border II research project was carried out from 28th November 2005 to 31st October 2007.

Educational material was produced for the web site of the project in Finnish and in Russian.

In addition a book was written:
Helppikangas, Pirjo & Kotomin, Alexander & Urponen, Kyösti: Pohjoinen raja II Северная Граница II.Yhteiskuntatieteellisen tiedekunnan julkaisuja. Lapin yliopisto. B Tutkimusraportteja ja tutkimuksia 56/2007, Helsinki.

The research focused on current views of the people in northern Finland and northwest Russia about the opening of the border.  The inquiry was carried out on both sides of the border. The research studied among other matters what are the most important motives and co-operation possibilities of citizens concerning crossing the border. The living conditions and experiences of the respondents were analyzed as a background of the questions. The results were compared with the inquiry made in 1994. There was also made a statistical review of socio-economical changes, which have taken place  in national and regional levels between the research years.

In 2006 the inquiry was carried out in North-East Lapland (Kemijärvi and Salla), in Northern Lapland in Inari, and in North-West Russia (Kandalaksha and Murmansk).

The first research report was published in 1996:

Helppikangas, Pirjo; Kinnunen, Petri; Kotomin, Aleksander ja Urponen Kyösti: Pohjoinen raja, Северная Граница, The Northern Border. Yhteiskuntatieteellisen tiedekunnan julkaisuja.Lapin yliopisto. B Tutkimusraportteja ja tutkimuksia 26/1996, Rovaniemi.




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