Polar People

Background, overviews and illustrations on the diversity of issues related to human society and activity in the Polar Regions.

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Norwegian (bokmål)
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Maps & graphics in this poster:
Please see each illustration for full references, credit, reference instruction, download of files and feedback form.

The Arctic
Population: About 4 million people, in eight countries: Canada, Denmark (Greenland), Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, and the United States.
Governance: The eight countries have separate governments. They cooperate through the Arctic Council, which includes six Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations as active participants alongside the eight country members.

Population: No native population – though thousands of people travel there each year for scientific research, tourism, and fishing.
Governance: The Antarctic Treaty System, established in 1959. It bans military activity, does not recognize national claims for territory on Antarctica, and prevents natural resource exploitation like mining and oil and gas exploration.

The Poster Series

The posters address the question: "Why, and how, are the polar regions and polar research important to all people on Earth?" These posters present and illustrate a broad sample of polar issues and facts -- they are a "textbook" for your wall.

There are five posters, with high-school age students as the main target group. Each poster stands on its own but is recognizable as part of the series through the common design and elements. All the posters include illustrations and text highlighting the human dimension of the poster theme -- showing how people are affected by polar science and issues and why they should care. The lifespan of the content is not limited to the IPY period (March 2007 - March 2009) -- we hope that these posters will be useful and used beyond this period.

This poster is ready to print and can be downloaded for free and unrestricted use.


Concept, text and editing
Heather Main and Hugo Ahlenius, GRID-Arendal

Maps and charts
Hugo Ahlenius, GRID-Arendal and others (please see respective map for full details).

Photo credits
From top left, clockwise:

  • NASA 
  • iStockPhoto


To find out more about the issues presented in this poster, a few suggested links: