Daily points scoring for 24 hours ended 09z on 22nd March. Minima again on the high side generally, Syktyvkar surprisingly has had to wait this long to score its first points and is straight in with a bullet. Ufa goes up a couple of places but the main significance today is that Nikkaluokta can no longer be caught and is therefore assured of 1st place whatever happens to the 31st. The also rans are now scrambling for the minor placings.
Tonight colder air surges back into northern Norway and Sweden and the next few days is perhaps the final sting of winter in the subarctic before spring starts to kick in.
Syktyvkar is a city in Russia, capital of the Komi Republic. Population: 235,845 (2010 est.); 230,011 (2002 Census); 232,117 (1989 Census). Syktyvkar is located on the Sysola River, which is the origin of its former name Ust-Sysolsk. The city's current name comes from Syktyv, the Komi name for the same river, plus kar, meaning "city". The town is located near to the point where the Sysola joins the larger Vychegda River, which is itself a branch of the Northern Dvina.
It is believed that there has been a settlement at the city's present site since at least the 16th century. It was granted city status by Catherine the Great in 1780, and later became the capital of the autonomous Komi oblast. It has retained its position as the Komi capital since that point, although a large influx of ethnic Russians in the 20th century has actually left the Komi in a minority there.
The majority of the population were merchants and peasants. The main occupations of the inhabitants were agriculture, cattle-breeding, hunting, fishing, and trade.
By the beginning of the 20th century, the population had grown to 6000 people. The tsarist government made the Komi region a place of political exile. In 1921 Ust-Sysolsk was given the status of administrative centre of the newly-formed Komi Autonomous Soviet Republic. It was given the name of Syktyvkar, which is Komi for "a town on the Sysola". In 1936, Syktyvkar became the capital of the Komi Republic.
The Sysola, Vychegda and Northern Dvina rivers are navigable and are a major transport route of forestry products from Syktyvkar. Lumber and woodcrafts are the city's largest industries.
Syktyvkar is the center of the cultural life in the republic. The oldest museum of the Republic of Komi, the National Museum, was founded in 1911. Nowadays, the National Museum is the Literature Memorial Museum of Ivan Kuratov and the museum of Viktor Savin.
The National Gallery was founded in Syktyvkar in 1943. It welcomes exhibitions from different museum of the country. In 1930 Victor Savin, a poet, playwright, stage manager and actor, founded the Drama theatre of the Republic of Komi and the theatre still carries his name. Nowadays this theatre is one of centers of spiritual and artistic culture of all people who live in our republic. Plays of Nicolai Diakonov, Vasili Lecanov, Alexandre Larev and other are familiar to everybody who knows the history of Komi culture. In 1966 the Drama theatre was given the status of the Academic theatre. The Theatre of Opera and Ballet began its history in 1958.
The National Library numbers 2.5 million volumes, including books in the Russian language, foreign languages and in the Komi language. Syktyvkar State University was founded in 1972 and has over 3,500 full-time students and 250 faculty members.