Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Barents Cooperation in 2018, we now have the opportunity to talk to the Foreign Ministers of the Barents countries to shed light on the results and the future of the cooperation. Read more ..

  • Joy lives in North Karelia

    Joy lives in North Karelia

    North Karelia is a region located in Eastern Finland with almost 170 000 inhabitants. What else should we know about the new member of the Barents Regional Council? Read more ..

  • Climate Change

    Climate Change

    Climate change has a significant impact on the Barents Region – we are responding with projects and outreach. Read more ..

  • Swedish Chairmanship of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council

    Swedish Chairmanship of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council

    Get to know the goals of the Swedish Chairmanship of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council. Read more ..



    Are you familiar with Barents Environmental Hot Spots? Read more ..

  • Indigenous Peoples in the Barents cooperation

    Indigenous Peoples in the Barents cooperation

    Sami, Veps and Nenets are active participants on all levels of the Barents cooperation. Read more ..

News and updates
  • Sergey Lavrov: The young generation will determine the development of the Barents region


    "Through joint efforts, we have managed to create a zone of confidence, stability and good-neighborhood relations in Northern Europe. That said, our multifaceted cooperation is resistant to fluctuations of political environment", says Sergey Lavrov, the Foreign Minister of Russia, about the main achievements of 25 years history of the Barents cooperation. Read more

  • Barents Chronicles: Barents Cooperation needs better visibility


    Roman Gokkoev has been replacing Laura Quist at the IBS as the Executive Officer since mid-August. We asked him to share his views on the Communication about the Barents Cooperation after three months of his work with us. Read more

  • The first Barents Scholarships for Cultural Cooperation awarded


    The First Barents Scholarships for Cultural Cooperation, each amounting 10 000 euros, were awarded to photographer Jaakko Heikkilä, travelling theatre Samovarteateret, poet and writer Mona Mörtlund and Ethno-Cultural Initiatives Support and Development Fund in the Republic of Karelia for their impact and exceptional work across the borders in the field of performing arts. Read more

Calendar of events


The Barents Euro-Arctic Region

The Barents Euro-Arctic Region

The Barents Region, sometimes referred to as the Euro-Arctic Region, is a young and newly defined region comprising northern parts of Russia, Norway, Finland and Sweden. This evolving region is dynamically shaping its identity – drawing from its long history and rich variety of cultures. Even though the Barents region is located on the edge of Europe, it is at the center of growing international cultural, political and economic interests.

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Project funding in Barents

How to make your Barents project dreams come true? We have gathered information for all Barents relevant funding sources in our new portal.

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Internship at the IBS

The International Barents Secretariat in Kirkenes invites students and young professionals to be part of the secretariat’s team as interns. More information below.

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