Russian cross-border shopping tourists in the Finnish and Polish borderlands
Dominika Studzińska , Alena Sivkoz , Stanislaw Domaniewski
AbstractCross-border shopping and tourism are worldwide phenomena, appearing at any border with at least some degree of permeability. The authors investigate the range of cross-border shopping and tourism activities practised by Russians at two of the EU’s external borders, one between Finland and the Leningrad Oblast, and the other between Poland and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad Oblast. The study is based on research conducted in the Polish–Russian and Finnish– Russian border regions between 2013 and 2015, when the authors held interviews, administered survey questionnaires, and engaged in participant observation. The information was supplemented with data from the Finnish and Polish Border Guard services. Based on the results of the fieldwork, the authors argue that cross-border shopping and tourism are often combined during the same trip, and thus constitute a specific form of cross-border activity. Their study sheds light on how cross-border shopping tourism depends on and is interconnected with more than just the factor of the non-availability of goods and services. They conclude that crossborder shopping at the Polish–Russian border and the Finnish–Russian border has become more like a Western European practice, namely shopping for pleasure.
|Journal series||Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift-Norwegian Journal of Geography, ISSN 0029-1951|
|Publication size in sheets||0.6|
|Keywords in English||cross-border shopping, crossborder tourism, Russian cross-border shopping tourists, Finnish - Russian borderland, Polish - Russian borderland|
|Score|| = 15.0, 17-04-2018, ArticleFromJournal|
= 20.0, 17-04-2018, ArticleFromJournal
|Publication indicators||: 2016 = 0.64 (2) - 2016=0.688 (5)|
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