In April this year, BarentsObserver shifted its publishing platform and presented new responsive design. Our new design automatically adapts content so it always reads perfectly no matter what device you chose; desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone.
A doubling of traffic from mobile devices clearly shows the success of responsive design and the new trend among our readers. BarentsObserver is a news-source our users want as they are on the move; not only from their office desk. The change follows a trend seen among all online publishers, although BarentsObserver’s sharp increase in readers accessing from mobile devices is climbing faster than many others.
In November this year 11 percent of our readers accessed BarentsObserver from a mobile platform, up from 4 percent in November 2011. The sharpest increase comes from Russia with a quadrupling over the last 12 months. St. Petersburg and Murmansk are now our top cities of mobile devices readers. Norwegian readers follows with an increase of 2,5 times from mobile devices. USA follows on the third place, then Sweden and Finland.
Apple’s iPad counts for nearly half of the traffic from mobile devices to BarentsObserver, followed by the smartphones iPhone, Samsung Galaxy’s II and III series.
Regular military relations between Norway and Russia have been halted for more than a year, but the two countries’ Coast Guard Services continue cooperate on protection of borders and resources in the Barents Sea.
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.
Sports in the Barents region have joined forces and established Barents Games. This weekend athletes from all over the region met in Oulu to compete in 14 differents sports during the Barents Summer Games. See our slide show from the competitions.
Norwegian business leaders and academics interviewed by Yle’s Swedish-language news service say they are disappointed in the overall level of Swedish language skills among its job applicants from Finland.