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Elizaveta Vassilieva

Elizaveta Vassilieva is Adviser with the Norwegian Barents Secretariat and works with the statistics and data journalism projects Barents Patchwork.

Content by Elizaveta Vassilieva

Almost 5000 asylum seekers have crossed the Norwegian-Russian border since the European migrant crisis arose. The Norwegian government decides to toughen the asylum regulations.

While the overall use of passenger cars in the European Union has decreased, in Norway it is growing at full speed. 

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.

Since June 2015, distribution of many everyday goods, such as toothpaste and cleaning products, is a complicated case in Russia. New federal regulations on alcohol consumption state that products containing over 0.5 percent alcohol are subject to licensing.

How come that the Barents and the Balkan regions have nearly the same average life expectancy, but their GDPs are dramatically different? BarentsObserver compares two border regions trying to find an answer.

Do you think Ivan and Ola are still the most popular names in the Barents Region? Not anymore. Patchwork Barents reveals the currently most popular names given to newborns across the region.

Russians are forced to spend more money on basic consumer goods, foodstuffs in particular. Patchwork Barents presents last month’s consumer price figures.

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

While Norwegian and Swedish Barents regions registered the lowest HIV-rate in ten years, Barents Russia registered its highest ever.

The Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian Barents counties have set a new record in renewable energy. Patchwork Barents presents the current state of wind electricity production in the Barents Region.