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Fish communities in the Barents Sea are changing, and that change is happening much faster than predicted. 

Murmansk Governor Marina Kovtun was present at a keel laying ceremony for Russia’s newest nuclear-powered icebreaker, “Sibir”. 

For the first time since 2012, Norway has surpassed Russia as the largest supplier of gas to Western Europe.

“Worrisome that elected politicians in northern Norway advocate less critical journalism and editorial freedom in one of the few news sites that cover the Barents region.”

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Three American internet firms could be blocked if they don’t hand over names of relevant bloggers to the authorities.

The country’s Arctic Brigade is mobilized as NATO countries together with Sweden and Finland start the Arctic Challenge rehearsal.

The former PM seeks an Arctic coast for Finland. Easy access to the Northeast Passage can turn the country into a global logistics hub, he argues.

President Putin has accepted the resignation of Arkhangelsk Governor Igor Orlov. He will continue as acting Governor, preparing the ground for elections in the fall.

Persons working inside Russia for foreign organizations or firms listed as “undesirable” can get hefty fines or get sentences of up to six years in prison. Norway says it is important to continue giving grants to cross-border NGO cooperation.

Norway’s Foreign Ministry sends a crystal clear message to the owners of BarentsObserver.

Nearly a hundred fighter jets participates as the joint exercise Arctic Challenge 2015 starts Monday in the skies over northern Norway, Sweden and Finland.

The network of Russian, Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish journalists urge to reverse the decision to limit the editorial freedom of BarentsObserver.

According to Finnmark County Authoritiy, the decision by the owners of the Barents Secretariat not to allow BarentsObserver to be subject to the Rights and Duties of the Editor, will have no impact on the news website’s further work.

Senator Lisa Murkowski, Alaska, and Senator Maria Cantwell, Washington, have introduced a bill that would authorize the Navy to build up to six icebreakers for use by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The editorial staff is deeply concerned about the future of BarentsObserver as owners decide to restrict the newspaper’s editorial rights and mandate to follow principles of free press.

Widerøe across Finnmark

It is Monday morning and it could have been like any other bus ride to work as I get into the seat.

Ship building, space program and development of the Far East are the biggest losers in the ministry’s proposal to cuts in state programs.

According to a doctoral dissertation to be published by the University of Helsinki, the indigenous Sámi people of Northern Finland generally have lower cancer rates than the rest of the country’s population.

Oleg Birlinskiy knows he took a risk.  

From the gardens and castles of the Czech Republic, to the icebergs and freezing temperatures of the Svalbard archipelago, Dr. Minoslav Druckmüller travelled far from home to photograph a rare celestial event.

The nickel company is ready to sell a string of non-core assets, among them the Arkhangelsk Sea Port.

A new study from Gothenburg University’s SOM Institute shows that more and more Swedes want Sweden to join NATO.

The two companies will support each other in bids for offshore projects and together counter the power of Rosneft. A key part of the cooperation will unfold in the Barents Sea.

Scientific explorers on board the “Lance” brave many dangers to collect data north of Svalbard: freezing northern temperatures, merciless winds, viscous currents and of course, polar bears. 

Russia is planning to develop a special tracked version of its Pantsir anti-aircraft gun and missile system for use in the Arctic.