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.
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.
The Northern Fleet’s destroyer “Severomorsk” is heading home after a five month long mission to the Mediterranean. On the way, the vessel will be conducting drills in the Norwegian Sea and Barents Sea.
How come that the Barents and the Balkan regions have nearly the same average life expectancy, but their GDPs are dramatically different? BarentsObserver compares two border regions trying to find an answer.
Terrorism fears, with police and soldiers likely targets, is the reason for the special decision to allow Finnish Border Guards to be armed when on patrol in the normally relaxed town of Kirkenes in Norway’s northeastern corner.