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Permission is finally granted to reopen the only cross-border flight from Northern Russia to Tromsø in Norway. The airliner operating the route, however, needs economic support before boarding calls can be announced.

The northwest Russian region will be a key stakeholder in this year’s main Russian Arctic expedition.

Two of the largest university colleges in Northern Norway – Harstad University College and Narvik University College want to merge with the University of Tromsø – the Arctic University of Norway.

As the Svalbard coal company dismisses staff and pleads for crisis money, the Norwegian government announces that it will make a new whitepaper on the Arctic archipelago.

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The current economic crisis will affect Murmansk Oblast harder than the one in 2008, warns Governor Marina Kovtun.

Is the sunset coming for Arctic oil? There will be no drilling by Statoil in the Barents Sea in 2015.

The Nordic Council of Ministers’ office in St.Petersburg has suspended or postponed many of its planned activities in Russia after being included on the list of NGOs considered as foreign agents.

Russia’s largest company and the largest extractor of natural gas in the world is facing hard times as supplies to Ukraine are suspended and oil prices are collapsing.

Up or down the thermometer scale? When it comes to climate change, the Barents Region stands out from the rest of the world.

There are bidders for the Pajala mine in northern Sweden, the project sales manager says.

2015 will be a tuff year for air companies flying in Barents Russia, including Transaero, UTair and Nordavia.

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With the United States on the verge of leading the eight-nation Arctic Council and far-north climate warming continuing at twice the global rate, President Barack Obama on Wednesday issued an executive order to better manage federal Arctic.

Gazprom wants to develop major gas fields in the Ob Bay. But many locals are against the plans.

Nickel price has fallen more than 40 percent since May, but mega-polluter Norilsk-Nickel expects 2015 revenues to be $10 billion.

Foreigners traveling to Russia must from today provide a specified pre-fixed route of places to visit.

Bankrupt mining firm Talvivaara Sotkamo might need another bailout from the government.

All basic ingredients for a good Russian soup are under a serious price-attack.

Murmansk was seen as an up-and-coming market for banks in Norway. Now they all flee the region with multi-million losses.

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Burglars on the run get harder times in the Swedish – Finnish borderland as police forces will be allowed to cross the state border.

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TROMSØ: Norway’s decision to offer more Barents Sea drillings would be incommensurate with efforts to limit global warming to 2ºC, says Samantha Smith of the WWF.

The snow crab has the potential of becoming the next big food resource from the Barents Sea. But does the snow crab also contain bioactive components that can be used in medicine and health food? The scientists have just started to search for an answer to that question.

A public hearing on the development of one of the most perspective oil and gas areas in the Barents Sea takes place in Pechenga, the Russian municipality bordering on Norway and Finland.

TROMSØ: “In the Arctic there are no problems that cannot be solved on the basis of mutual understanding and constructive dialogue,” says Arctic explorer Artur Chilingarov.

Oil companies will get licenses at unprecedented latitudes and along the border to Russia.

TROMSØ: The Scandinavian Arctic can rise to become the most innovative, industrious and environmentally friendly growth region in Europe, a new report made by experts from Norway, Finland and Sweden reads.