More from: Kirkenes

Alexei Navalny died in high security penal colony in northern Russia on Friday. The day before, the exhibition “Faces of Russian Resistance” opened in Kirkenes. The Barents Observer spoke to people who came to pay tribute to the politician after hearing of his death.
February 18, 2024
"Friends of Russia are enemies of the rest of us, as simple as that," says the well-known Finnish entrepreneur and investor Peter Vesterbacka.
February 25, 2023
You could easily believe you met Russian soldiers wearing winter uniforms with the tricolor flag on the chest. The two were stopped by the police and requested to find more suitable clothing when onshore in Norway.
January 12, 2023
Russian fishing vessels making port calls to Northern Norway could be loopholes to bypass sanctions and export controls.
January 05, 2023
Consul General Nikolai Konygin had invited to commemorate the Red Army’s liberation of Kirkenes. Environed by Ukrainian flags, the 78th anniversary became very different from previous ceremonies in the Norwegian border town.
October 22, 2022
Two Sierra-class nuclear-powered multi-purpose submarines will test new weapons and deep-diving in Norwegian Sea.
October 26, 2019
Flying just a few feet above the surface, the wing-in-ground-effect craft could patrol huge areas where infrastructure is weakly developed.
July 31, 2018
“Love has no borders” was the slogan when 200 people turned out for Pride Parade in Norway’s border town to Russia.
September 23, 2017
A big majority of the EU Parliament Committee of Transport would support the projected railway line from northern Finland to the Norwegian Arctic shore, says MEP Michael Cramer.
August 18, 2017
Norwegian Government gives priority to extension of the runway at Kirkenes airport.
April 05, 2017
The verdict of the court performance staged during the Barents Spektakel festival in Kirkenes is clear: The opening of the Barents Sea to oil drilling is in conflict with the Norwegian Constitution.
February 12, 2017
After two years of decline, traffic across the Norwegian-Russian border is again on the increase.
January 06, 2017
The meddling of Russian authorities in Norwegian musician Moddi’s concerts in northern Norway does not pose a threat to cross-border cultural cooperation, says Luba Kuzovnikova, leader of curator group Pikene på Broen.
November 17, 2016
«Peace does not come by itself», says Nina Karin Skogan as she and a group of companions light up a huge fire just few hundred meters from the Russian border.
October 01, 2016
Inside this motorcade crossing the border at Storskog Thursday morning is Army General Vladimir Kulishov, one of President Vladimir Putin’s top security officials.
August 25, 2016
Official document indicates that Moscow is preparing the reintroduction of traveling restrictions in the borderlands to Norway and Finland.
August 24, 2016
Almost half the population of Kirkenes can cross the border to Russia without a visa.
August 19, 2016
A new book tells the story about how a popular movement gathered the whole community of Kirkenes in a joint protest against heavy pollution from neighboring Nikel. More than two decades later, the winds still bring poisonous sulphur across the border.
August 04, 2016
The Dark Ecology project has over the last three years explored people and nature along the Norwegian-Russian border.
June 17, 2016
VIDEO STORY: “The message that Pussy Riot was trying to spread was a legitimate one,” says the Norwegian musician Pål Moddi Knutsen. Denied inside, his translation of the song was recorded on the church steps in Grense Jakobselv.
April 27, 2016