Transport infrastructure in the Barents region
The Barents Region is highly peripheral and geographically fragmented. The region’s population and economic activities are located in few clusters, which are wide apart and poorly connected with each other. During the history these conditions have been strengthened with the development of separate, national transport systems in each country. Today, the transport systems function reasonably well within each country, however, mainly in the north-south direction.
The general situation for industries and businesses still is that the markets are very far away, distances long and transport costs high.