Dear BarentSaga Readers,
It is always a pleasure to announce a new BarentsSaga newsletter to be released. I am certain that our readers can find interesting stuff at our website that has recently been renewed to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council. So they will be able to read about the events relating to the anniversary, incl. a symposium “The First 20 Years”; the way how the design and layout of our website have undergone a quite thorough facelift; a trip of Finnish and Norwegian journalists to Murmansk and Apatity; and tourism in the Barents region. There is also an interview of a veteran Finnish politician of great insight regarding politics in the High North, Mr Paavo Väyrynen.
Obviously the Barents Prime Ministers’ Meeting on 3-4th June 2013 in Kirkenes is the thing among anniversary events not least because of the new declaration that is to be issued. Until now we have seen such summit-like gatherings only once in ten years. But the daily routine will soon resume and then the redesigned website is certainly an asset. While visiting the website everybody can see how fruitfully the Barents cooperation is being conducted on a daily basis. And if we wish to give a more tangible meaning to the word “visit” we can set off for the Barents region as tourists!
Ari Sirén, Head of the International Barents Secretariat
On 22 - 25 April 2013 several newsrooms in Murmansk received visiting colleagues from the Barents Region. During the time in Murmansk, the Norwegian and Finnish journalists got to know the city, everyday life in the Russian media and the most important, got to know their colleagues across the borders. Read more >>
See also the previous issues of the BarentSaga.
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The BarentSaga is published by the International Barents Secretariat and the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland. Contributions to BarentSaga is very welcome!
Contributed to this issue: Ari Sirén, Yury Nikiforov, Jenny Mikkelsen, Roy Hojem, Jenni Lintula, Arto Vitikka, Markku Heikkilä, Joonas Vola and Hans Hatle.