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Population distribution in the circumpolar Arctic, by country (including indigenous population)

The Arctic represents one of the most desolate and sparsely populated areas in the World, with few economic opporunities and inhostile climate. This map - based on the Arctic Human Development Report (AHDR) definition of the Arctic, presents the distribution by country. Note that except for Greenland and Northern Canada, indigenous peoples form a minority, though they can form the majority in local communities. They are therefore particularly vulnerable to increased immigration by non-indigenous people as a result of industrial development, and to increased competition for resources.

Year: 2005

From collection: Vital Arctic Graphics

Cartographer: Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal

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