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The MIKON flagship program in the Fram Centre is using both social and environmental sciences to examine how High North industrial development will affect the natural world, regional societies like the Sami and economic activity.

On the backdrop of political chill, trade between Finland and Russia is falling sharply. Also tourism between the countries is in a downswing.

TROMSØ: With economic support from the regions, Arctic Airlink will be the first east-west route linking Norway, Sweden and Finland in the north.

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KIRKENES: Warmer temperatures at the bottom of the Barents Sea are of big concern to ecologists in the High North. Certain marine species are disappearing from the ecosystem while others are increasing in number. The impact on Russia’s fisheries sector is crucial.

Russia set to snap up reptilian delicacy from the Philippines as a way to mitigate food strain from Western produce bans.

TROMSØ: Pskovavia’s permission to fly to Tromsø expires in two weeks. Passengers fears the route will be closed since no alternatives exist.

One of the smaller mining companies in Scandinavia, the Northern Iron, is struggling to make ends meet as raw material prices plummet. After several golden years, a string of regional mining companies is threatened by closure.

Russia’s largest seafood importer and aspiring aquaculture company Russian Sea Group has sold its first Atlantic salmon harvested from its own farms in the Barents Sea.

Skiing, snow-shoeing, Northern Lights, ice castles and other Arctic experiences will attract visitors to Finnish Lapland this season.

Iron-ore miner Northern resources in Pajala, northern Sweden says Tuesday morning that most of its employees have got a notice of termination.

For the first time in more than 20 years, an air company is starting up regular flights between the cities of Arkhangelsk and Syktyvkar.

”We are building not only a railway line, we are building our road to the future, our Arctic pathway”, regional Governor Marina Kovtun said at a launch ceremony of the long-awaited and much-disputed Murmansk Transport Hub.

Tourists-visas issued by Russia’s Consulate General in Kirkenes are down a quarter. Tour operators blame the Ukrainian crisis.

Murmansk Fish Combinat has filed a claim with Russia’s Supreme Court against the country’s government over the ban on fish imports – a step the Federation Council calls ‘unprecedented’ and ‘welcome’.

The value of exports of Norwegian seafood to Russia in August fell NOK 444 million (€54,7 million), or 82 percent, compared to last August.