Jonas Karlsbakk

Jonas Karlsbakk
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Jonas has been working for the Norwegian Barents Secretariat since 2008. He has a Masters Degree in Geography from NTNU in Trondheim from 2003. Between 2003 and 2008 he worked as a journalist in the local newspaper in Kirkenes, Sør-Varanger Avis.

Content by Jonas Karlsbakk

Sports in the Barents region have joined forces and established Barents Games. This weekend athletes from all over the region met in Oulu to compete in 14 differents sports during the Barents Summer Games. See our slide show from the competitions.  

Even though most diplomatic contacts are on freezing level between Norway and Russia, there are no changes for the annual Norwegian-Russian search and rescue exercises in the Barents Sea.


”This will generate value for the Norwegian people for decades,” says Minister of Petroleum and Energy Tord Lien with the thumb up for Arctic drilling as the Goliat platform arrives Hammerfest.

Anna Kireeva says Bellona Murmansk can not continue to work like before after her organization was placed on the “Foreign Agent” list by Russia’s Ministry of Justice.

After years of focusing on international operations and phasing-in of new equipment, the Norwegian Navy is ready for more activity in the northernmost parts of the country. This week Norway’s newest frigate “Thor Heyerdahl” took part in the Joint Viking exercise.

Europe’s longest and and one of the world’s hardest dog sledge races, Finnmarksløpet, takes place this week. The winner becomes the world champion for 2015.

MURMANSK: The Northern Character film and TV-festival in Murmansk has become one of the most important arenas for Barents filmmakers.

Brende and Lavrov in Kirkenes

Børge Brende and Sergey Lavrov marked the 70th anniversary of the Red Army’s liberation of Norway’s northernmost county from NaziGerman occupation. See video of the press conference.

PASVIK: See the quick response of the Norwegian border guards. BOTV got a chance to film an alarm exercise.

PASVIK VALLEY: Norwegian Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide opens a brand new € 17 million border station, as Norway’s military cooperation with the Russian neighbour is put on hold.