Beijing has been knocking on the Arctic door for many years and has said it want a seat as observer to the Arctic Council where Norway is one of eight permanent members. All decisions in the Arctic Council must be made monotonous, so Norway’s resistance towards Chinese observation status means that the Arctic door is closed for Beijing.
In 2010, Norway’s Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said in a speech at the China Institute of International Studies Forum in Beijing that “China can make a valuable contribution in the Arctic Region.” Støre has earlier said China should be welcomed as observer to the Arctic Council as previously reported on BarentsObserver.
The Faroese economy benefits greatly from its monopoly of the Russian salmon market. The islands’ biggest marine produce company, Bakkafrost, has seen its stock surge about 100 percent over the past year, including re-invested dividends.
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.
Sports in the Barents region have joined forces and established Barents Games. This weekend athletes from all over the region met in Oulu to compete in 14 differents sports during the Barents Summer Games. See our slide show from the competitions.
People participating in culture-, sport and Barents cooperation projects can from October apply for visa to Norway without paying a single ruble, says Marit Egholm Jacobsen with the Norwegian Consulate General in Murmansk.