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Three days processing of visa-applications is history. “Always apply at least 15 days prior to scheduled departure. Our processing time is 10 days,” says Marit Egholm Jacobsen, head of the visa section at Norway’s Consulate General in Murmansk.

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

EU and Russia

Russia and the EU have agreed to allocate a total of 600 million EUR to cross-border project cooperation. The sum, half of which is provided by the Russian side, could open a new era in project cooperation between the two sides.

EU-Russia Summit

The agreement and implementation of the programmes for cross-border cooperation between EU’s northern member states and Russia’s north western regions will be on the agenda when President Dmitri Medvedev today meets the EU leadership in Stockholm.

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.

Sergey Lavrov (BarentsPhoto.com)

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expects that the EU will respond to a Russian request on visa facilitation by early December.

Welcome to Finland.

More than 60 percent up in January at Salla.

Sergei Lavrov

The EU and Russia will in December present a joint plan on the introduction of visa-free travelling.

Welcome to Finland.

Never before has so many crossed the borders between Russia’s Kola Peninsula and Finland.

“This is an important step towards total abolition of visa between Russia and the rest of Europe”, says Norway’s Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre. A ceremony yesterday marked the introduction of visa-free travel for residents of the border area.

Extensive road construction is underway along the cross-border highway linking Norway and Russia in the north.

Finland sees an exceptional rise in visitors from Russia and had an estimated income of €1,2 billion last year from Russian shoppers and tourists.

Companies trading with Russia are increasingly at unease as Russian Customs introduce a series of enhanced control measures along several of the country`s borders. In December, cross-border trade could face chaos as Russia exits international regulations on cross-border trucks traffic.

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

As tensions in East-West relations mount, more than 150 representatives of NGOs, regional authorities and institutions meet in Tromsø, northern Norway, to discuss enhanced Norwegian-Russian cooperation in the Barents Region.