Two hundred kilometres above the Arctic Circle hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers are finding a new life in northern Norway, but recently the doors have been shutting on those desperate to start fresh in the High North.
Members of the LGBT community in Murmansk speak out about living in a country where the government has declared them an enemy of the state. One organization is reaching out to help youth and adults overcome the stigma and prejudice of homosexuality and live openly. But some are finding escape from Russia is the only way to gain freedom.
“Buorre beaivi.” Its “hello” in Sami language and will be more frequent in the public sector in Norway. A new government mandate calls for public servants to learn at least a little of the Sami language.
You might think that China and the USA are on top of the Beijing Olypics medal statistics. You might be wrong. The by far biggest collector of Olympic medals is actually the European Union, Medaltracker.eu writes.
The technical commission, which has studied last week’s tragic aircraft crash in Perm, Western Siberia, concludes that the catastrophe can be blamed on the pilots. The crash with Aeroflot-Nord’s Boeing 737-500 killed 88 people, among them 22 foreigners.
A musher in the Arctic Barents Race 2009 had by mistake stayed in Norway for three weeks after his visa had expired. Because of this he had to endure a three hour interrogation by the Norwegian police, he was given a 1500 EUR fine and was kicked out of the country in the end.
The Norwegian Barents Secretariat wants to materialise the role of the High North with the building of a signature building in the Arctic border town of Kirkenes. The building will be the highest wooden building ever constructed, and made in line with the best possible environmental standards.