Thor Robertsen’s book with stories from the Arctic Norwegian town of Vardø was published in Arkhangelsk last year. Arkhangelsk and Vardø developed close relations during the time of the Pomor barter trade, lasting from 1740 till 1917. Today the two are sister cities.
After the book was published, Arkhangelsk regional library sent it to the competition of the Union of Writers of Russia. It was nominated and awarded in the class “Memoirs and social journalism.” The award ceremony takes place in St. Petersburg next week.
“Stories from Vardø” presents scenes from Thor Robertsen’s childhood and adult life in Vardø and Finnmark. The book introduces readers to the daily life and humor of Norwegains living close to the Barents Sea.
Thor Robertsen has been active in Norwegian, Russian cooperation in the north since before the establishment of the official Barents cooperation in 1993. He has since had several positions in the Barents regional committee and in the board of the Norwegian Barents Secretariat.
In addition to his book “Stories from Vardø,” Thor Robertsen has published a fairytale book from the Pomor trade period. His latest book was published earlier in November; a comprehensive history book in connection with Finnmark Labor Party’s 100 years anniversary.
“The prize was unexpected,” says Thor Robertsen to BarentsObserver. He says his next book will be devoted to the Barents cooperation and his 25 years of cooperation with Russia in the north.
The company is closing down its biggest mine in the Kola Peninsula following plummeting raw material prices. Consequences will be dramatic for Zapolyarny, the industrial town located along the border to Norway.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
“This sends a clear message to Russia that things aren’t so good when it comes to basic journalistic values in Norway either” The firing of BarentsObserver’s Editor Thomas Nilsen has led to massive reactions from journalists and other protectors of press freedom.