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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.

Wistleblower Edward Snowden is winner of this year’s recognized Bjørnson Award, but Norwegian authorities are unlikely to guarantee his safe travel to the award ceremony. The former CIA employee should instead be handed over the award in Pechenga, the Russian borderlands to Norway, a Norwegian university lecturer suggests.

The number of murders in northern Russian regions has decreased threefold since the 1990s.

Maximum, the support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Murmansk feels offended after the largest hotel in town cancelled their conference hall booking. We wanted to protect them, says the management.

A court in Murmansk convicts activist Irina Paykacheva for her participation in an unsanctioned public commemoration of late Boris Nemtsov.

Head of the Zapolyarny town administration sued newspaper Pechenga for libel, but lost in court.

Three American internet firms could be blocked if they don’t hand over names of relevant bloggers to the authorities.

According to a doctoral dissertation to be published by the University of Helsinki, the indigenous Sámi people of Northern Finland generally have lower cancer rates than the rest of the country’s population.

They sailed through the perpetual darkness of winter to avoid being seen. They sailed through violent storms, the freezing sea spray turning guy wires into ice-laden cables thicker than a man’s arm. 

A new exhibit aboard the “Lenin” is set to open this spring, offering museum-goers a look at the science behind the world’s first-ever nuclear powered icebreaker.

A landslide in Nordreisa has isolated Finnmark and the northeastern parts of Troms from the rest of the country.

The National Archives of Norway are marking Liberation Day by releasing newly digitalized photos and documents from Northern Norway from the period 1944-1945.