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Russian President calls on the Federal Security Service (FSB) collegium to make priority to Arctic border infrastructure.

Despite the challenges and political controversy of their presence, conscripts in the Norwegian border guard service say it is the best assignment to take on as a young soldier.

Russian President calls on the Federal Security Service (FSB) collegium to make priority to Arctic border infrastructure.

The current situation in Ukraine makes cross-border cooperation with the neighboring countries even more important, Barents Secretariat leader Rune Rafaelsen says. At the same time, Norway has joined NATO’s condemnation of Russia’s military escalation on the Crimea peninsula.

Norway’s General Consulate plans to keep its doors open for people applying for border citizen certificates, without them having to take a day off from work.

30 percent of population on Norwegian side is granted visa-freedom while only 3 percent in Pechenga has got the same rights.

Russia will start collecting fingerprints from foreigners applying for visa. For Barents travelers, personal appearance to the nearest diplomatic mission can be too expensive.

Finland is still No.1 in attracting visitors from the Kola Peninsula.

5 percent increase in traffic over Lotta - Raja-Jooseppi check-point between Finnish Lapland and Russia’s Kola Peninsula in 2013.

Russia is reviving its once-powerful civilian border brigades, even in its remotest Arctic.

The Storskog-Borisoglebsk border crossing point between Norway and Russia saw a record number of 320,042 crossings in 2013.

This weekend person number 300.000 crossed the Norwegian-Russian border. This is nearly 40 percent more than one year ago.

Russia and Norway are discussing expansion of the visa-free zone to cover the whole of Finnmark and Murmansk says Federation Council member.

Head of County Council in Finnmark, Runar Sjåstad, urges money on the table so Norway could match Russia’s funding to construct new border check-point.

NIKEL: A €26 million investment at the Russian border checkpoint to Norway will eliminate all queues on the Russian side. The reconstruction of the checkpoint is planned to be finished by 2015.