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Two hundred kilometres above the Arctic Circle hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers are finding a new life in northern Norway, but recently the doors have been shutting on those desperate to start fresh in the High North.

Spending power among Russians is dramatically reduced as salaries fall and inflation hikes.

The sharp downturn in Russian economy is putting the job market in strain. “The situation is under control”, the country’s minister of employment argues.

An exhibition of Norway’s much acclaimed new series of bank notes will for the first time be shown abroad – in Murmansk.

Prosecutors in Murmansk end their case against the man behind the popular Bloger51 news site.

Thousands of small-ship owners around the White Sea dispair as a new federal law restricts free sailing in their home waters.

Norway allocates funding to renovate the central war cemetery in Tjøtta, where more than 8000 Soviet prisoners of war who died in German camps in Norway are buried.

Do you think Ivan and Ola are still the most popular names in the Barents Region? Not anymore. Patchwork Barents reveals the currently most popular names given to newborns across the region.

Russian households’ spending on food products will increase to 50-55% of total expenses in 2015.

Russians are forced to spend more money on basic consumer goods, foodstuffs in particular. Patchwork Barents presents last month’s consumer price figures.

In a time where freedom of information is on decline all around the world, the Nordic states remain on top of the list over countries with the highest level of press freedom.

The economic crisis in Russia has affected Finland in many ways already, now in the form of new cabin purchases coming to an almost complete halt, according to real estate agents.

Norwegian government increased the funding to the bilateral people-to-people cooperation with Russia by another NOK 18 million for the next 3-years period. Pia Svensgaard, head of the Norwegian Barents secretariat signs NOK 140 million deal with the Foreign Ministry.

Two of the largest university colleges in Northern Norway – Harstad University College and Narvik University College want to merge with the University of Tromsø – the Arctic University of Norway.