BarentsObserver.com is an open internet news service, which offers daily updated news from and about the Barents Region and the Arctic. The site is run by the Norwegian Barents Secretariat in Kirkenes, Norway.
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.
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.
BarentsObserver.com was opened under the name Barentsnews.net 1 October 2002. In September 2003 the site changed name and since 2005, BarentsObserver has been owned by the Norwegian Barents Secretariat. Staff-writers are all employees of the secretariat.
A step-by-step increase up to SEK 5,5 billion will be added to the annual defense budget following the Ukraine crisis. The cash will partly come by cutting spending on environment and nuclear safety cooperation with Russia.
The president warns against hostile action and terrorism in the Arctic and says regional oil installations must be protected. At the same time, he signs a law, empowering oil companies to establish their own armed forces.
MURMANSK: Ecological groups gathered on Kola Peninsula fear that Barents nature will be the looser after Oslo decided to call off the environmental minister’s Moscow meeting in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
TROMSØ: Since the first five specimens of snow crab were found in the Barents Sea in 1996, the population has exploded. There is now ten times as much snow crab than king crab in the area, and scientists are just starting to find out how this new species has adopted to life in the Barents Sea.
More than 900 reindeer die of hunger on the Russian Arctic island of Kolguyev following a critical lack of available local pasturelands. The reindeer stocks in the area are too badly managed, regional authorities admit.
Three days processing of visa-applications is history. “Always apply at least 15 days prior to scheduled departure. Our processing time is 10 days,” says Marit Egholm Jacobsen, head of the visa section at Norway’s Consulate General in Murmansk.
Board member Amund Trellevik in the press network fears entry-denial of Kremlin’s controversial propaganda-journalist Dmitry Kiselyov could be retaliated by refusing Norwegian journalists access to Russia.