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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.

After years of planning, the first steps of tearing down and moving the Arctic town of Kiruna started today in Sweden.

The environmental organization Bellona Murmansk has been fined 50,000 rubles for failing to voluntary register as a foreign agent.

Both procurator’s office and regional Ministry of Justice have earlier cleared the environmental organization from suspected political activity, but since they failed to voluntarily sign up as foreign agent, the risk is a fine of 300,000 to 500,000 rubles.

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.