The map shows the share of the population by settlement size in the Arctic regions in 2017.
The colours indicate the share of the population in small (less than 5 000 inhabitants in yellow) and large (more than 5 000 inhabitants in blue) settlements. The size of the circle corresponds to the total regional population in 2017.
In Alaska (USA) and the Russian Arctic, a large share of the population lives in settlements with more than 5 000 inhabitants. The exception is Chukotka where more than half of the population lives in small settlements. In Nunavut and Northern Quebec (Canada), Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and Finnmark (Norway) majority of the population lives in settlements with less than 5 000 inhabitants. The Yukon differs from other Canadian Arctic regions, due to its regional centre Whitehorse which accounts for 65% of the regional population. In the rest of the Arctic – the Northwest Territories and Labrador (Canada), Iceland, Troms and Nordland (Norway), Norrbotten (Sweden) and Lappi (Finland), there is not such contrast between the share of the population living in small and large settlements.