While retired border inspector Frode Berg is kept in pre-trial detention in Moscow accused by FSB of espionage, locals in the Norwegian border town of Kirkenes on Saturday arranged a support rally under the slogan «Help Frode Home!»
The warm sealskin products are easy to sell in the cold conditions of the Arctic. The material would also be available in Finland, but, because of an EU ban against seal trade, only sealskin from Greenland can be traded.
The reindeer herding cooperatives that graze their reindeer in the old forests of Inari criticize the state-owned forestry company Metsähallitus Metsätalous Oy for not following the logging plans they have agreed on.
Due to budgetary shortfalls, the Lapland Police Department has announced plans to move the police force from the small town of Enontekiö to the larger city of Muonio. The station is set to be shut down early next year, when the officers who work there retire. The plans reflect a recent trend of shuttering some police stations in remote locations across the region.
Leading Sámi advocates Veikko Feodoroff, Tanja Sanila and Sergei Kp. Fofonoff were all hoping that the Skolt Sámi in Finland could choose between several candidates in the election of a new official representative for the nation.