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.
KIRKENES: The Barents Spektakel festival in Kirkenes is larger than ever. One of the main attractions of the 2012 festival is the five young accordionists from North Korea. See the video of their first performance in Kirkenes.
MURMANSK: Blogger51 is the name of one of the most influential blogs in Murmansk. Everybody reads it, but very few people know who is behind it. BarentsObserver has met with the young web designer behind this news blog in his new hometown of Murmansk.
In the view of the Norwegian authorities, the sentence of two years’ imprisonment imposed on the three women of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot gives cause for concern, says Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre.
The European Union has broken down borders and created cross-border unity in a formerly war-torn continent. The EU gets the 2012 Peace Prize for its advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.