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Trude Pettersen

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Trude Pettersen is associate editor of BarentsObserver and is based at the desk in Kirkenes, Northern Norway. She has been working for the Norwegian Barents Secretariat since 2008. 

Trude graduated from the University of Tromsø in 2000 with a MA degree in Russian. She has also studied International Politics and Russia and Eastern Europe Area Studies. 

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Arctic warming is setting off changes that affect people and the environment in this fragile region, and has broader effects beyond the Arctic on global security, trade, and climate, a new report reads.

The number of visas issued by the Finnish Consulate General in St.Petersburg has dropped to the same level as in 2011. Only in the first half of December the demand for visas fell 40 percent.

Russia will file a claim with the UN by the end of March 2015 to expand the boundaries of its continental shelf in the Arctic. Conflicting territorial claims with Denmark will be solved via bilateral talks, the Russian Government says.

After four years of increased use of the Northern Sea Route by vessels going in transit between Europe and Asia, 2014 saw a steep downturn. The amount of cargo transported in transit dropped 77 percent compared to last year.

Denmark will on Monday afternoon become the first country to claim ownership of the North Pole. Scientific data shows Greenland’s continental shelf is connected to a ridge beneath the Arctic Ocean, says Denmark’s Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard.

The Government has decided to continue the suspension of all bilateral military activities until the end of 2015.

United Russia’s Mikhail Ilinykh is elected as Speaker of Murmansk Regional Duma.

An app for smartphone providing keyboard for six different Sami languages is released today.

Norway’s Intelligence Service will soon get a new “Marjata” vessel to operate in the Barents Sea. The vessel will be the world’s most advanced of its kind and will secure Norway’s need for information in the High North the next 30 years.

Northern lights and midnight sun give North Norway two main seasons for tourism. By the end of the year, the region will have had nearly 3.3 million overnight stays.