A young woman stands in a solarium in Norilsk. Due to the city's far northern location it gets very little light during the winter months, with a six period every winter when the sun doesn't rise at all. Many residents try to ward off disorders associated with lack of sunlight by taking regular sessions in solariums.
The city of Norilsk, in the far north of Russia's Krasnoyarsk region, was founded in the 1920s and today has a population of just over 175,000. In its early years it served as the centre of Norillag (or the Norilsk Corrective Labour Camp) but was given town status in 1953 as the Gulag system was slowly winding down. Today the city is largely dependent on MMC Norilsk Nickel, the world's leading producer of Nickel and palladium and Norilsk's main employer. In 2001, the city was closed to all non-Russians, except for citizens of Belarus.