Stories

  • For the second year in a row, turnover of goods between Russia and Norway shrinks. Last year, down 462 million Norwegian kroner (€55 million).

  • Nenets Autonomous Okrug has posted impressive economic statistics for years. Already five years ago,BarentsObserver could tell that officials in the region were ranked as the ones with highest salaries among all officials in Russia.

  • “That will be €100,” says booking clerk NiinaKörkkö to the couple from Russia that together with their two children want the 1000 meter reindeer sleigh ride. The man cashes out the €100 without blinking. Santa Claus and Rudolf is big business in Lapland.

  • Figures assembled by BarentsObserver show that both oil and gas production in northern Norwegian fields dropped significantly in the course of 2013.

  • Regions with powerful universities and research centers are the only population growth areas in the Barents Region, data from the last 20 years show. On top of the list are the regions of Oulu, Västerbotten and Tromsø.

  • For decades, Murmansk was the by far biggest port hub in the Arctic, serving a powerful fishery industry and the major mining and metallurgy enterprises of the Kola Peninsula.

  • Despite the number of government measures taken to get the country back on track after the 2008-2009 financial crisis, the economy continues to falter. Figures from 2013 show that the Russian GDP grew only 1,4 percent in the course of the year.

  • While neighboring Norwegian and Russian regions put their faith in Arctic oil and gas, the northern Swedish region of Norrbotten is becoming on of Europe’s bigger producers of wind energy.

  • As energy companies step up extraction on the tundra, a number of local villages are getting paid in oil spills. Among the waterways badly hit is the Kolva River in the Timan-Pechora province.