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The Arctic

The Arctic

There are many definitions for the Arctic region. The boundary is generally considered to be north of the Arctic Circle (66° 33’N), which is the limit of the midnight sun and the winter twilight. See the map of the Arctic regions.

In the northern hemisphere, the Arctic includes the Arctic Ocean (which overlies the North Pole) and parts of Canada, Greenland (a territory of Denmark), Russia, the United States (Alaska), Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland.

Arctic Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous peoples have inhabited the Arctic for thousands of years. The proportion indigenous people is estimated to be less than 20 percent of total population living in arctic areas. There are over 40 different ethnic groups living in the Arctic.

More information

Arctic -
ArcticStat - Circumpolar database
Indigenous peoples in the Arctic
Arctic links - by Arctic Centre
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