Atle Staalesen


Atle Staalesen is BarentsObserver staff writer and Adviser in the Norwegian Barents Secretariat. He has a degree in Russian from the University of Oslo and has studied journalism at the Moscow State University. He has worked with BarentsObserver since its establishment in 2002.

Atle Staalesen is editor of the Barents Review and also responsible for the Barents Secretariat’s Cross Border Cooperation (CBC) activities in Slovakia and Bulgaria, a part of the Norway Grants financial mechanism.

Content by Atle Staalesen

Industrialists in Finland eye the opening of a major trade and transport route with a projected railway connection to the Norwegian Arctic coast. Former PM Paavo Lipponen has been hired to get the Norwegians onboard.

TROMSØ: With economic support from the regions, Arctic Airlink will be the first east-west route linking Norway, Sweden and Finland in the north.

The Russian company this summer assembled 3D seismic data from a 2800 square kilometer area in the Barents Sea. The company believes the area could hold 1.4 billion tons of oil and 1.9 trillion cubic meters of gas.

The world’s one and only nuclear powered container ship, the 26-year old “Sevmorput”, will from late 2015 be ready for operations in the Russian Arctic, Rosatom says.

One of the smaller mining companies in Scandinavia, the Northern Iron, is struggling to make ends meet as raw material prices plummet. After several golden years, a string of regional mining companies is threatened by closure.

The oil company might have illegally conducted seismic mapping in Arctic conservation areas, environmentalists say.

Norwegian research vessel ”Johan Hjort” has crisscrossed Arctic waters for more than two decades. Take a closer look at one of Norway’s key instruments for mapping of Arctic ecosystems.

Karelia needs more sivilized border crossing points to Finland, the deputy PM underlines during his visit to the region.

KIRKENES. This year’s latest joint Norwegian-Russian fishery expedition shows cod in abundance, but a major decline in herring, haddock and capelin.

For the first time in more than 20 years, an air company is starting up regular flights between the cities of Arkhangelsk and Syktyvkar.