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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.

Over the next twenty years, a minimum of 100,000 foreign workers will be needed in order to fill labour shortages in Finland, the newspaper Kaleva reports.

The Ministry of Interior

Minister of Interior in the Republic of Karelia recently accused regional politicians and businessmen of trying to push on police officials investigating cases of corruption. An investigation based on the allegations, failed to bring evidence.

According to statistical services in Murmansk, inflation in Murmansk Oblast increased 9,1 percent in the period December 2007 – July 2009. Inflation is highest on food products.

Photo: Barentsphoto.com

Politicians on Svalbard believe that the Arctic archipelago will have a population increase of 10 to 20 percent over the next five to ten years.

Bandy players without money

The financial problems of Norilsk Nickel are spreading to public life in Murmansk. This week the Monchegorsk-Severonickel bandy club announced that it is dissolving following stop in financing from the mining and metallurgy company.

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The renovation of the landmark statue ”Alesha” in Murmansk is completed.

The European Union

Six former USSR republics on Thursday signed partnership plan with EU.

Aleksandr Sakharov resigns as editor of Pravda Severa, the biggest newspaper in Arkhangelsk Oblast. Economic hardship is the reason, he says.

A local businessman was last night found killed in a forest near the Arkhangelsk airport.

Beggar

New statistical figures show that the number of poor in Russia has increased sharply over the first months of 2009.

Sweden is the best among the Barents countries on the corruption perception index 2009.

The Russian State Duma yesterday adopted amendments in federal legislation on NGOs.

Kristin Størmer Steira from Finnmark.

An athlete from Finnmark in Northern Norway was part of the Team that yesterday won women’s 4x5 km cross-country.