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Experiences from Cooperation in the European Arctic Skriv ut E-post
søndag 17. april 2011 10:56

“The European Union will have clear benefits of participating and engaging in the development of the Barents region.” This was stated by Mrs. Pia Svendsgaard, Chair of the Barents Regional Council, in a seminar in the European Parliament this week arranged by the North Norway European Office together with the EU-Arctic Forum and the Barents Regional Council.

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Continued investment in the high north crucial for Europe Skriv ut E-post
fredag 04. februar 2011 11:24

On the 2nd of February political representatives from the Northern Sparsely Populated Areas in Finland, Sweden and Norway met with the European Commission to highlight the importance of continued investment in the regions.

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Norwegian explorer highlights ice-free Arctic Skriv ut E-post
mandag 27. september 2010 16:59

For the first time in history a sailing vessel has completed both the Northwest and the Northeast Arctic passages in one season, using less than 3 months. The Norwegian explorer Børge Ousland stated that the purpose of the voyage was to highlight how climate changes have reduced the amount of ice in the Arctic.  




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Multi Level Governance in the Arctic Skriv ut E-post
torsdag 24. juni 2010 17:19
On Thursday June 24th North Norway European Office arranged its fourth workshop on Arctic issues: Multi Level Governance in the Arctic.
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torsdag 08. mars 2007 12:10


Response from North Norway to the EU on Maritime Green Paper

 The County Governments of Nordland and Troms have transmitted their views from North Norway on the Green Paper on an EU Maritime Policy.  The County Governments of Nordland and Troms have already submitted their views on the EU Maritime Policy to the national level in Norway. We fully agree with and support the national document from Norway, which was sent to the Commission before Easter. This additional response is to emphasise that there are some very important aspects of an EU Maritime Policy concerning issues along the coast of northern Norway that need special attention.

  • The illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing is our greatest concern. The IUU fishing affects all European coastal regions depending their livelihood on fishing. The forthcoming action plan should find measures to combat IUU fishing.
  • We support the principle of subsidiarity. Regarding planning matters relevant to maritime policies, it is important to ensure that local and regional authorities are strengthened within the framework of a new maritime policy.
  • There should be a separate window for marine related research. We would like to draw special attention to the MAREANO research programme.
  • The safety of the transport corridors along our coastline is of vital importance due to the expected increase in both oil transport and container and general cargo.
  The active participation by the county governments during the consultation phase of the Green Paper is strongly supported by the county Parliaments in Troms and Nordland. Nordland has participated in the CPMR-project, “Europe of the Sea”, and both counties have put their views forward in the North Sea and Baltic Sea Commissions.



North Norwegian participation at the conference "European regional young ambassadors"

The European Youth Ambassador and County Council deputy chairman Ane-Marthe Aasen from Troms participated at the conference "European regional young ambassadors" in Brussels the 26th February this year. The main attraction was the meeting with the EU Commissioner Margot Wallström. The main message at the conference was that motivated young people should be heard in a European context. In addition to the conference Ane-Marthe Aasen met with us at the NorthNorway European Office and informed about the conference as well as other activities at home, while the office informed about our agenda for the spring.

"The European Youth Ambassador Scheme" is supported by the AER and its main task is to improve young peoples EU knowledge in their respective regions. A "European Youth Ambassador" achieves its title once a year while participating at a Youth Summer School organized by AER. Aasen was one out of two participants from Troms County Council at the AER Youth Summer School 2006. The next Youth Summer School will take place in Devon from 26. August to 1. September 2007.

You can find more information about AER Youth Summer School here
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    Having opened up for discussions on the Crimean crisis, newspaper editor Yevgeny Belyanchikov is confronted with extremism accusations from the regional prosecutors.

    The accusations come after Belyanchikov, editor of the newspaper TVR Panorama, published a social media correspondence between his readers. The correspondence included critical remarks on Russian conduct in the area, Novaya Gazeta reports. The publication was made with the concent of the participants and the harshest statements were removed. Still, the article quickly got the attention from the prosecutor’s office.

    Belyanchikov’s publication could fuel inter-ethnic tensions between Russian and Ukrainians and can be seen as extremism, the prosecutors argue. In a letter, they warn the editor that the participants in the debate could face legal action unless demands are met.

    The TVR Panorama has now removed the disputed correspondence from the newspaper pages. At the same time, however, Belyanchikov has appealed to a local court for support. He intends to prove that the newspaper has conducted no extremist acts and that the accusations from the prosecutors must be revoked, Novaya Gazeta writes.

    The pressure against the local newspaper comes just few days before a planned visit of President Vladimir Putin to the Republic of Karelia. 

  • First international Barents science journal

    Barents Institute Director Aileen Espiritu says the new journal certainty will highlight cross-border research in the Barents Region for an international audience.

    Barents Studies: Peoples, Economies and Politics are headlines in the publication from the science comminutes in northern Norway, Russia and Finland. The journal presents reviewed scientific articles about social issues, Sàmi culture, and ecological questions. Book reviews and articles from young researchers in the Barents Region are included.

    Aileen Espiritu with the Barents Institute, a Kirkenes based branch of Norway’s Arctic University in Tromsø, believes the journal can get high scores internationally. “We will promote the Barents Studies at the Eighth International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS VIII) to take place in Canada in May,” she says to BarentsObserver.

    The journal is based on empirical research in the Barents Region but with strong connections to social science theories and methodologies in general. The journal is meant for researchers, students, and readers interested in current issues and developments in the Barents Region. 

    In addition to the Barents Institute in Norway, science partners to the journal are the Univeristy of Lapland’s Arctic Centre in Rovaniemi and Luzin Institute for Economic Studies, a branch of the Russian Academy of Science’s Kola Science Centre in Apatity.

    Professor Monica Tennberg with the Arctic Centre is editor of the first issue.

    “The journal wants to offer its readers new research based information about the Barents region, and find topics that are interesting and informative for both people in the region and beyond”, says Research Professor Monica Tennberg. 

    The journal is available free of charge online. Another three issues are planned to be published this year.

  • Murmansk under 300,000

    While Russia just recorded the first natural population growth since the collapse of the Soviet Union, it’s the other way around for Murmansk.

    At the peak in 1989, Murmansk had around 480,000 inhabitants. By end of 2013, the population of the city is now 299,100, down another 3,400 compared with 2012, FlashNord reports with reference to the Bureau of medical statistics.

    The main reason for the decline is emigration out of the region. 3,478 children were born, while 3,462 died in Murmansk last year. Murmansk, however, still holds the position as the largest city in the world north of the Arctic Circle.

    In Murmansk Oblast, the population was down 1,2 percent in 2013. 771,000 people lives in the region, reports B-port with referance to Murmanskstat. In the late 80ies, Murmansk Oblast had nearly 1,2 million people (see visualisation graph under). 

    <p>In 2013, Russia recorded the first natural growth since the collapse of the Soviet Union. According to <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Rosstat</a>, the growth wasn’t particularly large, counting to 23,000 people. The population was by January 2014 said to be 145,7 million.</p></div>

    In 2013, Russia recorded the first natural growth since the collapse of the Soviet Union. According to Rosstat, the growth wasn’t particularly large, counting to 23,000 people. The population was by January 2014 said to be 145,7 million. If counting the around 2 million people that was added two weeks ago, when Russia decided to annexing Crimea from Ukraine, the total population in the Federation is now close to 148 million.

  • In the bottom of the bottle, a story about Arctic excess

    Northern Russians and Finns are the by far biggest drinkers in the Barents Region. They are also the ones with the highest homicide and suicide rates, figures from Patchwork Barents show.

    The Barents Region is topping international statistics on alcohol consumption. And the further north you go, the more frequent are the toasts.

    Thirsty northerners
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    In Russia, figures on distilled beverages show a similar situation with far higher consumption in northern regions compared with the national average. In Murmansk Oblast, the average per person consumption in 2012 amounted to 17,20 liters. Consumption is the highest in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug, where per person consumption of distilled alcohol in 2012 amounted to 25,8 liters and in the Komi Republic where the figure was 24,1 liter. The Russian national average pure alcohol consumption was 15,6 liters per person in 2012.

    Norway and Sweden do not have regional figures on alcohol consumption. However, national figures from the countries’ statistical offices show a consumption of 6,21 and 9,20 liters of pure alcohol per person respectively in year 2012.

    Deadly alcohol 
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