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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.

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.

All basic ingredients for a good Russian soup are under a serious price-attack.

Take a look at how Russian Christmas is celebrated at Malye Korely open-air museum, what is looks like to cross the frozen Dvina river by foot in -27°C, and how beautiful the old northern town of Arkhangelsk can be in mid-winter.

The regional government in Murmansk has recommended cinemas in the region not to show the Oscar-nominated film “Leviathan”, local media reports.

While Norwegian and Swedish Barents regions registered the lowest HIV-rate in ten years, Barents Russia registered its highest ever.

Local authorities in Arkhangelsk Oblast and Nenets Autonomous Okrug jointly establish an Association of Arctic Municipalities.

As economic crisis embraces Russian society, the authorities cut prices on hard alcohol.

Consumer price growth in northern Russian regions reaches its highest level since 2008.