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.

Norway Days in Murmansk (Photo: Maria Goman)

Exhibition containers in downtown Murmansk, Norwegian youth musical band singing Saami rap together with Russian pop music band NOGU SVELO, Norwegian films in city cinemas. The Norwegian Days in Murmansk 2010 had a lot to offer.

A total of 115 villages in Arkhangelsk Oblast are located in zones adjacent to wild fires, regional authorities say.

The island of Dikson (map by Wikipedia)

Russian authorities have closed the airport in Dikson, the country’s northernmost, because of insufficient security standards.

University of Nordland.

The Barents Region got a new university on Friday when the Norwegian Government passed a resolution upgrading the Bodø University College to Norway’s seventh University.

The City Council passed the bylaw on smoking after initiatives from the public.

Grigori Chekalin (photo:

A former prosecutor and a policeman who reported about police manipulations fear for their lives in a Komi prison.

Platon Lebedev (photo:

The close associate of Mikhail Khodorkovsky will probably end up in a prison in Murmansk Oblast.

The Northern Arctic Federal University in Arkhangelsk hosts the second International Arctic Forum

Northern (Arctic) Federal University selected to lead the work to strengthen cooperation on higher education and research between universities in the Barents Region.

Local heating (illustration photo: Atle Staalesen)

After 12 days without proper heating, regional authorities lift the state of emergency in Alakurtti.

Sari Pöyhönen is a Finnish journalist, media and culture worker living in Murmansk since 2010. She likes to take photos of everyday life and you can follow her photo blog from Murmansk here on BarentsObserver. New images will be added as Sari meets new people and sees seasons change in the world’s largest city north of the Arctic Circle through the camera’s lens. ‎

Nikolai Alekseyev, founder of Russia’s gay pride movement, files a lawsuit with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) contesting Arkhangelsk’s new law banning homo-propaganda.

The Swedish mining town of Kiruna is forced to be moved already within 5 – 7 years due to changed production estimates at LKAB.

The world’s northernmost Hells Angels motorcycle clubs are shoring up for cross-border cooperation. Police fears gang wars and more international organized crime.