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02It Has People

With the desolate ice fields and chilling temperatures, most people imagine that nobody would want to live in the Arctic Circle. However, it has a surprisingly large population of around four million people. Approximately 10% of this population consists of indigenous people, some of whom come from tribes that have lived in the region for thousands of years. The largest non-indigenous population lives in the Russian city of Murmansk, which boasts almost 300,000 citizens. If you combine the economy of all active communities in the circle, it rivals countries like Ireland and Portugal. While the region isn’t for everyone, there are plenty of people who are happy to call it home.

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