Climbing this barbed wire fence with Norway in the horizon is one of the most difficult ways to enter Schengen-Europe. For those who try, the penalty is a Russian Arctic prison cell.

The state-owned company PetroVietnam strikes a deal with Gazprom-Neft on the development of the Dolginskoye field in the Pechora Sea.

Longyearbyen Mayor Christin Kristoffersen fears that more than ten percent of the population in Longyearbyen could be forced to move from Svalbard as the Store Norske coal company cuts one third of its employees.

The Russian President expresses his hope that the good relations between Norway and Russia will continue.



Canadian ambassador to Norway, David Sproule, sat down with BarentsObserver on a recent visit to Kirkenes to talk Arctic relations, Canadian-Norwegian cooperation and future projects between the two countries.

Statoil plans to expand its Snøhvit gas plant outside Northern Norway for NOK 21 billion.

Business is bad for the world’s northernmost mining company. Low coal prices and high costs forces Store Norske to cut one third of its employees.

Global warming will have more impact on Russian than any other area of the world, this will give the country certain advantages as longer navigation period and shorter heat supply seasons, Head of Meteorology says.

The police in the streets of Norway have historically remained unarmed. Not so any more. As of today, patrolling police officers will carry gun because of the threat that they could be targeted by terrorists.

President Vladimir Putin confirms that on a new strategic formation will be established on Monday – the Northern Fleet-United Strategic Command. The formation will have as its main objective to defend Russia’s interests in the Arctic.

The biggest new navy vessel in almost two decades is ready to be handed over to the Northern Fleet.

Norway is modernizing its border guard service. This week construction of the country’s second new border guard station on the border to Russia began.

Finland’s government is planning to introduce tuition fees for higher-education students coming from outside the European Economic Area.

Russia’s leading icebreaker yard, the Baltiysky Zavod, is more than two years behind schedule in the contruction of the country’s new generation diesel-engined icebreakers.

Russian authorities are considering establishing a ‘reindeer police force’ to help combat crime in the Yamalo-Nenets tundra region.

The Russian Children’s Rights Commissioner accuses Norway for terror against Russian families living in the country and claims that Norwegian child welfare authorities have taken 55 children away from Russian mothers in course of the last three years.

Governors’ elections will be abolished and the governance of Arctic territories is likely to be transferred to a new Ministry of the Arctic.

The “Saturn” lost one of its lifeboats and got its helipad destroyed in last week’s Arctic storm, pictures of the rig show.

The most comprehensive and long-standing cooperation the U.S. has in the Murmansk and Arkhangelsk regions might end as Russia says no new projects are envisioned for 2015. “A big setback,” says nuclear physicist Nils Bøhmer with the Bellona Foundation.

Russia deploys its newest and most advanced anti-aircraft missile system, the S-400, near the borders to Norway and Finland.

Drilling rig ”GSP Saturn” arrives in Murmansk after a troublesome voyage through stormy Arctic waters.

Statistical trends indicate growth in higher education in the Barents Region. Still, some big contrasts dominate the regional picture, with the Swedish counties on top and the Russian at the bottom.

Gazprom Neft has so far shipped 200,000 tons of oil from its platform in the Russian Arctic.

Despite improved road standards, lethal car accidents continue to haunt travellers in the Barents Region. More than 600 people will die on regional roads this year.

Norwegian aquaculture equipment supplier AKVA Group has concluded a NOK 63.2 million contract with Russian Sea Group on delivery of salmon farming gear.