A step-by-step increase up to SEK 5,5 billion will be added to the annual defense budget following the Ukraine crisis. The cash will partly come by cutting spending on environment and nuclear safety cooperation with Russia.

KARASJOK: Up and coming indigenous designers presented their newest collections at the spectacular show.

The Kremlin intends to establish a new state body responsible for national Arctic governance.

Three days processing of visa-applications is history. “Always apply at least 15 days prior to scheduled departure. Our processing time is 10 days,” says Marit Egholm Jacobsen, head of the visa section at Norway’s Consulate General in Murmansk.



The state oil company is considering to develop the Murmanskoye, a gas field located in waters near the Kola Peninsula.

Russia introduces Arctic oil brand as Gazpromneft has loaded to tanker the first oil ever produced in ice-covered waters north of the Arctic Circle.

More than 900 reindeer die of hunger on the Russian Arctic island of Kolguyev following a critical lack of available local pasturelands. The reindeer stocks in the area are too badly managed, regional authorities admit.

Construction of windmills worth €200 million start now at three wind parks in Kittilä, Sondankylä and Iin Myllykangas in northern Finland.

Canada’s environment Minister and Chair of the Artic Council Leona Aglukkaq says Canada is taking a “principled stand” against Russia by not attending an Arctic Council meeting in Moscow this week.

Norway should not drill for oil along the border to Russia in today’s political situation following the annexation of Crimea, says leader of Parliament’s Energy Committee.

The state nuclear power company Rosatom is about to reach a deal with United Shipbuidling Corporation on the construction of two powerful icebreakers.

Having opened up for discussions on the Crimean crisis, newspaper editor Yevgeny Belyanchikov is confronted with extremism accusations from the regional prosecutors.

Russia plans to resume testing of the submarine-launched ballistic missile Bulava this summer. The country’s two newest strategic nuclear-powered submarines will start trials as soon as the ice conditions in the White Sea will allow.

The Norwegian Arctic town of Kirkenes is supplying aggregates to Russia’s grand port project in Yamal.

A monument devoted to the “creators of the Russian nuclear shield” is to be erected at Belushya Guba, the main settlement at the Novaya Zemlya.

Military paratroopers have have landed on the North Pole. See amazing video of 90 paratroopers with heavy gear jumping out in minus 70 degrees celsius.

Barents Institute Director Aileen Espiritu says the new journal certainty will highlight cross-border research in the Barents Region for an international audience.

“Dmitry Kiselyov is a propagandist for President Putin and well known for his anti-Semitism and hate speech,” says Secretary General Bjørn Engesland with the Norwegian Helsinki Committee.

Board member Amund Trellevik in the press network fears entry-denial of Kremlin’s controversial propaganda-journalist Dmitry Kiselyov could be retaliated by refusing Norwegian journalists access to Russia.

Putin’s chief propagandist and television host had already booked his fishing vacation to Gjesvær in Finnmark when EU included him on the visa sanction list, also followed by Norway.

Security situation in Europe was highlighted when the Defense Ministers from five Nordic countries met in Tromsø to discuss strengthening their joint military cooperation.