News from the Barents Region is an open internet news service, which offers daily updated news from and about the Barents Region and the Arctic. 

The site was founded by Atle Staalesen in October 2002, then under the name Barents News. In September 2003 the site changed name to BarentsObserver and since 2005 it is run by the Norwegian Barents Secretariat. Staff-writers are employees of the secretariat. The news-desk is located in Kirkenes, northern Norway.

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The site presents news stories from the northern parts of all the four countries in the region: Russia, Norway, Sweden and Finland. All news stories are published in English and Russian. The Norwegian Barents Secretariat aims at supporting political, business and people-to-people contacts across the borders in the region.

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All news material is categorized in: Energy, Security, Nature, Business, Arctic, Culture, Borders, Polictics and Society. An archive search function gives you full access to the news archive, which presently contains more than 15.000 news reports. BarentsObserver also provides background cross-border information about the Barents cooperation and bilateral contacts between the member regions.

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