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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. 

Content by Trude Pettersen

The snow crab has the potential of becoming the next big food resource from the Barents Sea. But does the snow crab also contain bioactive components that can be used in medicine and health food? The scientists have just started to search for an answer to that question.

TROMSØ: “In the Arctic there are no problems that cannot be solved on the basis of mutual understanding and constructive dialogue,” says Arctic explorer Artur Chilingarov.

TROMSØ: The Scandinavian Arctic can rise to become the most innovative, industrious and environmentally friendly growth region in Europe, a new report made by experts from Norway, Finland and Sweden reads.

Erna Solberg Alexander stubb and Kristian Persson

TROMSØ: Erna Solberg, Alexander Stubb and Kristina Persson outlined strategies for growth and cooperation in the north. No attention was given to the man sitting directly in front of the on the first row; Putin’s former special envoy for the Arctic Artur Chilingarov.

TROMSØ: Asian states have four common interests in the Arctic – global governance, climate change, resources and Arctic shipping, says Ian Storey, Senior Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore.

Take a look at how Russian Christmas is celebrated at Malye Korely open-air museum, what is looks like to cross the frozen Dvina river by foot in -27°C, and how beautiful the old northern town of Arkhangelsk can be in mid-winter.

Russia in 2014 concluded state orders amounting to 41.5 billion rubles for development of the Murmansk transport hub. This was the fifth largest state order last year.

The regional government in Murmansk has recommended cinemas in the region not to show the Oscar-nominated film “Leviathan”, local media reports.

“Arctic offshore oil production is only profitable at an oil price of 100-120 dollars per barrel” says Former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov.

Cold records are repeatedly broken and the Kola fjord is covered with ice. It is cold in the Barents Region now.