Although coal is still mined in Barentsburg, it is no longer exported, and the town relies entirely on mainland Russia for food and coinage. There have been instances in which not enough food was sent, and aid packages were sent from Longyearbyen. Also, the coal company has been known not to pay employees until they finish their two-year contract and return to Russia. Tourism is still only an embryonic industry and is not generating enough income to revive the town. In this respect it must also compete with neighbouring Longyearbyen, which has a well-established 'adventure tourism' industry and provides superior facilities and infrastructure
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Svein-Magne Tunli from Bergen
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Photo taken in Barentsburg, Svalbard and Jan Mayen
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