A Brief Introduction to the Health and Social System in Northwest Russia

by Vibeke R. Gundersen, Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Sevices.

 The aim of this paper is to provide a brief introduction to the Russian administrative environment with focus on the federal and regional government structures in North­ West Russia for English-speaking project leaders and participants involved in projects funded by the Cooperation Programme on Health and Related Social issues in the Barents Region and under the Northern Dimension Partnership in Health and Social Well-being (hereafter the Cooperation Programme).  The area covered by the Cooperation Programme includes the Russian part of the Barents Region (Murmansk, Arkhangelsk, Nenets and Komi), Kaliningrad, Leningrad and Saint Petersburg.

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