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.

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.

2014 was a very good year for news and stories from the Barents Region and the Arctic. BarentsObserver last year had 30 percent more readers than the year before. Not surprisingly, articles covering security issues drew most readers.

Russian-speakers living in Finland believe the Ukraine conflict has had a negative impact on Russian-Finnish relations, but most don’t feel that Finnish attitudes towards them have changed for the worse.

A string of regulatory alcohol laws might be about to change the relationship between Russians and booze.

An app for smartphone providing keyboard for six different Sami languages is released today.

The Mi-8 helicopter fell down just after takeoff from the Trebs and Titov oilfields on the Nenets tundra on Sunday.