Some 1000 parents and children in the Komi Republic have received help through the Barents cooperation program “Children and youth at risk”.

Alexander Stubb, famous in the Barents Region for branding the north as the world´s most sexy region, is put on track to take over after Jyrki Katainen.

Regional Committee

Lack of money is a threat to the unique political cooperation in the Barents Region.

Finland and the EU

Finland will this year get a record-high 890 million EUR from the EU. That is to help it cope with the deep economic crisis.

Carl Bildt entering Russia at the lane for Russian citizens when he went to Murmansk for the Barents Council meeting in October

The diplomatic relations between Sweden and Russia are getting better as both Sweden’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister goes to Moscow next Tuesday on a state visit.

County Governors, Odd Eriksen of Nordland County and Pia Svendsgaard of Troms County

The County Governors of Nordland and Troms Counties, Odd Eriksen and Pia Svendsgaard of the Labour Party, will not let the Socialist party stand in the way for a Government decision on Lofoten and Vesterålen oil exploration.

OSLO: The delimitation of the Barents Sea is a big event not only in Russian-Norwegian relations, but good also for all of Europe, President Dmitry Medvedev said today. He also highlighted the importance of the Barents Euro-Arctic Cooperation in High North relations.

Vladimir Putin, Matti Vanhanen

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir today arrived in Lappeenranta, eastern Finland, for a one-day visit.

Mari Kiviniemi (photo:

The new Finnish government of Mari Kiviniemi was today sworn in by President Tarja Halonen. I will follow the course of my predecessor Matti Vanhanen, the new prime minister underlined.

The town of Nikel, Pechenga muncipality

In less than two months, the Russian municipality of Pechenga, located on the border to Norway and Finland, has lost two mayors under tragic circumstances. The municipality is now likely to abolish direct mayoral elections and instead adopt a system of appointed “town managers”.

Barents focus on Margaritinskaya Fair

The finalization of the last unresolved dispute between Norway and Russia seems to have created an atmosphere of renewed possibilities for business investments across borders in the Barents Region. The Norwegian days in Arkhangelsk last week was a strong demonstration of this.

Cross-border timber

Russia will drop its plans to boost export tariffs on round timber. That will please Finland and make the EU approve a speedy accession of Russia in the WTO.

Russia will in 2011 resolve all issues needed for the introduction of a visa-free regime with the EU, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says.

Ola Borten Moe (Photo: Wikipedia)

The Norwegian Prime Minister appoints Ola Borten Moe as his new Minister of Petroleum and Energy.

EU and Russia (illustration by BarentsObserver)

We want to go as far as possible without being a member of the European Union, Russia’s Deputy Minister for Economic Development Oleg Fomichev says, adding that the introduction of visa-free travelling is an important first step.