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.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
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.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.