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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.

Russian President calls on the Federal Security Service (FSB) collegium to make priority to Arctic border infrastructure.

Refugees find Arctic route to Norway via Russia, but appear to shun neighboring Finland.

The first ever agreement on visa-free travel between Russia and a Schengen-member state was signed in Oslo today. The agreement stipulates how the population in the near-border areas can cross the border only by showing their ID-card.

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.

KIRKENES: A group of Russian border guards last week conducted a live-fire exercise and weapons inspection at a Norwegian army post during an annual border guard exchange between the two countries.

Terrorism fears, with police and soldiers likely targets, is the reason for the special decision to allow Finnish Border Guards to be armed when on patrol in the normally relaxed town of Kirkenes in Norway’s northeastern corner.

SALMIJERVI: Contrary to earlier plans, FSB border guards reinforce the physical protection along Russia’s border to Norway. A brand new, and partly double barbed wire fence is now under construction.

Welcome to Finland.

A record high number of 6,8 million people crossed the Finnish-Russian border in 2010. Also the countries’ northernmost checkpoints experienced an all-time-high of travelers.

Russia works seven days a week with new highway to the border, but the Norwegian Public Roads Administration today announced that the new highway on their side will not open before 2017.

Visa regulations will be eased for white-collar workers from the EU, the U.S. and Japan, if a bill elaborated the Federal Migration Service is approved by the State Duma.

Biometric self-service passport control in Finland.

Russian citizens can by the end of the year enter Finland at the Vaalimaa border crossing point with the use of automatic control of identity and passports.

The Norwegian and Swedish Foreign Ministers, Jonas Gahr Støre and Carl Bildt were two of the people to have their passports che

20 percent more people crossed the Russian-Norwegian border in the first six months 2010 compared with the same period last year. The main reason is Russians going to Kirkenes for shopping on Saturdays.

Salla Border Station

Person number 100.000 in 2010 crossed the Salla border station on the Finnish-Russian border this week, breaking a new barrier for the border station.

Photo: Barentsphoto.com

The much-announced roadmap for visa-free traveling between Russia and the EU will not be presented as planned at the upcoming Russia-EU Summit in Nizhny Novgorod.