The forum would aim to negotiate visa-free travel deals, free trade zones for services and agricultural products and strategic partnership agreements with countries in the region. It would also launch smaller, bilateral projects on student exchange, environmental protection and energy supply, but would avoid the controversial topic of EU membership perspectives. It is expected the countries in focus in the new Eastern Partnership will be Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, EUobserver.com reports with reference to Polish press agency PAP.
When Bjørne Kvernmo docked his ship, “Havsel,” at the port in Tromsø this month, he knew it would be the end of a tradition he’s kept up for 40 years. With his return, northern Norway’s long-standing seal hunt had finally come to a close.
According to a doctoral dissertation to be published by the University of Helsinki, the indigenous Sámi people of Northern Finland generally have lower cancer rates than the rest of the country’s population.