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.

A 65.000 m² shopping and entertainment mall is under construction in Murmansk. When it opens in the autumn of 2014 it will be the largest of its kind north of the Arctic Circle.

Is the Barents Region experiencing a mining boom or investors flop? Newly started iron-ore mine in Pajala is in desperate need of cash. Investors run to the exit door.

The Kolenergosbyt company is victim of a raid initiatiated by people affiliated with the political elite in the region, one of the key figures in the case says.

This week Russia may stop accepting fresh fish from Norway due to violations of quality standards and norms. The ban is not to be spread on the frozen fish.

HAPARANDA: Despite hailing from four countries the young business owners voiced a single opinion during the Barents Reunion: The North is rich with opportunity but needs to think globally to support fledgling businesses, say Young Barents Entrepreneurs

The unsuccessful launch of a research rocket from the Andøya Rocket Range could have ended in catastrophe as the payload landed just few hundred meters from the local town.

Tromsø-based IT-entrepreneur Yngve Bergheim says the Barents Region has great network potential for developing east-west businesses. Teaming up with Morten Brugård, the goal is to create a cluster of “silicon valleys” in the region.

With a music app, the Barents based start-up MuApps will conquer a share of the second fastest growing app-market in the world.

TROMSØ: “We have highly qualified unemployed workers, while northern Norway lacks labor. It’s a win-win situation,” said Finland’s Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja at the opening of the Finnish House on Tuesday after meeting Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

TROMSØ: Norwegian export of seafood continues to grow. Only in February the export amounted to NOK 5.4 billion (€651.6 million), representing an increase of NOK 1.2 billion or 29 percent compared to February 2013. Although salmon still accounts for a major part of the export, demand for cod - both salted and fresh, has grown considerably.

Governor Marina Kovtun is putting up a fight with the federal government over plans to move 30 billion roubles of planned investments in the Murmansk Transport Hub to new projects in the Crimea.

Minister of Fisheries Elisabeth Aspaker examines a crab on her first crab fishing trip Saturday.

Minister of Fisheries Elisabeth Aspaker went on her first king crab fishing trip in Bugøynes Saturday for the conclusion of Fish Nation,

The fish industry in Murmansk in 2013 boosted catch to a post-Soviet high. But the lion’s share of it was sent abroad.