KIRKENES: Russia’s General Consulate in Kirkenes outsources parts of the visa handling to a private company. Longer opening hours, free consultation and online applications are some of the advantages for the public.
More and more of the parking slots outside this food-store in Ivalo are occupied by Russian cars. Finnish Lapland experienced a 36 percent increase in traffic over Salla and Raja-Joosepi border check-points in 2012.
After having been on the verge of bankruptcy, the Northland Resources now confirms that it has the funding needed for continued development of the great Kaunisvaara iron mine project in northern Sweden.
In a rapidly changing Arctic, the region's indigenous people are standing at the forefront of climate change and resource development – a situation that's putting them increasingly in the international spotlight and raising questions about their role in Arctic policy making.
10 Barents Spektakel festivals in a row in Kirkenes calls for a one year festival break for the organizers in the art curator group "Pikene på Broen". The next festival will probably be held in the winter of 2015.
The number of Russian organizations listed as “foreign agents” is growing rapidly and might soon include also sociological polling centers, research institutes and others receiving support from abroad.