Svetlana V. Stepanova

Articles

The Northern Ladoga region as a prospective tourist destination in the Russian-Finnish borderland: Historical, cultural, ecological and economic aspects

Svetlana V. Stepanova

Geographia Polonica (2019) vol. 92, iss. 4, pp. 409-428
doi: https://doi.org/10.7163/GPol.0156

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Abstract:

The work reported here has examined the transformation of the Northern Ladoga region (a natural and historicalregion in the Russian-Finnish borderland) from ‘closed’ border area into a prospective tourist destination in the face of changes taking place in the 1990s. Three periods to the development of tourism in the region are identified, while the article goes on to explore general trends and features characterising the developmentof a tourist destination, with the focus on tourist infrastructure, the developing types of tourism and tourism-oriented projects. Measures to further stimulate tourism as an economic activity of the region are suggested.

Keywords: tourism development, the Northern Ladoga region, tourist destination, Russian-Finnish borderland, Republic of Karelia, political and socio-economic changes

Svetlana V. Stepanova [svkorka@mail.ru], Institute of Economics Karelian Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences 50 A. Nevskogo st., Petrozavodsk 185030, Republic of Karelia: Russia

Cultural integration: Positive and negative perceptions (case of Tornio, Finland)

Ekaterina A. Shlapeko, Svetlana V. Stepanova

Geographia Polonica (2018) vol. 91, iss. 3, pp. 301-315 | Full text
doi: https://doi.org/GPol.0122

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Increase in the migration flows has become a challenge in the world today. In Finland there is considerable shift in the number of migrants from Africa and the Middle East countries. The paper is based on the sociological research conducted in August-September, 2016 in Tornio (Finland). The empirical observations were gained from the interviews with 12 migrants and the questionnaires on the city Tornio attractiveness (73 locals) and the human mobility challenges (89 locals). The obtained results highlight the significant role of the communication activities with the joint participation of locals and newcomers in understanding each others’ culture,decreasing negative perceptions and reactions in the integration process.

Keywords: cultural integration, migration, newcomer, asylum seeker, host community, Tornio

Ekaterina A. Shlapeko [shlapeko_kate@mail.ru], Institute of Economics, Karelian Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 50 A. Nevskogo st., Petrozavodsk 185030, Republic of Karelia: Russia
Svetlana V. Stepanova [svkorka@mail.ru], Institute of Economics Karelian Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences 50 A. Nevskogo st., Petrozavodsk 185030, Republic of Karelia: Russia