From that date people living in the border municipalities of Sør-Varanger in Norway and Zapolyarny, Kozunovo and parts of Nikel and Pechenga in Russia can apply for a border certificate from the Russian Consulate General in Kirkenes and the Norwegian Consulate General in Murmansk.
Notes on commencement of the agreement were exchanged by Norwegian and Russian officials in the end of March, the Norwegian Governments web site reads.
The agreement will give residents living within a 30 kilometer zone from both sides of the border opportunity to visit the other country’s border area without a visa. The agreement, that was signed in November 2010, will affect around 9000 people in Norway and some 45 000 in Russia. Holders of the border certificate can stay in the other country’s border territory for up to 15 days in a row. If you want to travel outside the 30 kilometer zone, you will still need to get a visa.
Traffic across the Norwegian-Russian border has been increasing steadily for the last years, and the introduction of visa-free travel is expected to give the development an even further push.
56 053 persons crossed the border in course of the first three months of 2012. In the same period in 2011 the number was 39 738, according to numbers from the Storskog border crossing point.
In the month of March the number of border-crossers exceeded 20 000 for the second time in history. The highest number of crossings in one month was seen in December 2011, when 22 713 persons crossed the border, primarily to do their Christmas shopping in the neighboring country.
The number of cars crossing the border is also continuing to rise. 19 266 cars crossed the border in January-March 2012, nearly 6500 more than in the same period a year before.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.