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Police in Finnmark on Friday fined a tourist for taking a short walk across the border.
June 14, 2024
Six NATO countries with a border to Russia agree to strengthen cooperation about security measures.
May 27, 2024
Only few people will be allowed to cross the border between Russia and Norway following the introduction of new traveling restrictions by the Norwegian government. There is a difficult security situation in the region, admits Magnus Mæland, Mayor of border town Kirkenes.
May 23, 2024
End comes to the last open land-border to Schengen-Europe for Russian citizens traveling on leisure and non-essential travel.
May 23, 2024
Border guards from the European agency Frontex look set to remain at Finland’s frontier with Russia throughout the summer and into the autumn months, according to a report on Monday by news group Uutissuomalainen.
April 30, 2024
State Secretary Eivind Vad Petersson with the Foreign Ministry in Oslo does not want to exclude that better relations with Russia could come. Meanwhile, the agreement stipulating visa-free travel continues for the 30-kilometers zone in Pechenga which is home to two of the most brutal brigades the Kremlin has sent to the war against Ukraine.
April 09, 2024
As expected, the Finnish government on Thursday decided to extend the closure of the border with Russia.
April 04, 2024
The newly elected Head of State started his trip to the region of North Karelia with a visit to the border-crossing point of Niirala.
March 27, 2024
The municipal council of Sør-Varanger, where Kirkenes is the town center, on Wednesday ended its friendship agreement with next-door Pechenga Rayon.
March 20, 2024
There were just over 4,000 crossings at the Norwegian-Russian border in February.
March 03, 2024
Finland closed its eastern border with Russia in December due to an influx of undocumented migrants.
February 05, 2024
Storskog has become the closest checkpoint for travelers between northern Finland and Russia, but January saw a further drop in crossings by 22 percent compared with December.
February 02, 2024
Finnish border guard on Thursday arrested 18 people from the Middle East who walked the snow from Russia.
January 25, 2024
Norwegian immigration police summarize traffic for 2023, 30% growth, but far below pre-COVID levels.
January 14, 2024
The Kremlin official claimed it is possible that the “collective West” is urging migrants to leave Russia for Finland.
January 14, 2024
Finnish authorities have begun investigating about 1,000 asylum seekers over suspicions that they committed a border offence when they entered the country.
January 14, 2024
The group was assisted by people on the Russian side, the Finnish Border Guard informs.
January 12, 2024
The head of the Cabinet of Ministers of Finland believes that the opening of the checkpoints on the eastern border still threatens the national security of the country.
January 10, 2024
Huge lines and hours of waiting for the people trying to make it across the Russian-Finnish border ahead of today's indefinite closure. Among the travellers is also a big number of migrants without valid travel documents to Finland.
December 15, 2023
Russian FSB border guard service allowed for 93 migrants to cross the Niirala border with Finland on Thursday, a move Helsinki says is a “hybrid operation” that will not be tolerated.
December 15, 2023
As soon as Finland announced the reopening of its border to Russia, migrants started to move towards the border-crossing points. Videos show a significant number of migrants preparing to cross the border from Russia to Finland by bicycle.
December 14, 2023
Vaalimaa and Niirala checkpoints will open for traffic with Russia on December 14.
December 12, 2023
Storskog on the Norwegian-Russian border is the last land checkpoint where Russians are allowed into the Schengen area on tourist visas. Now that Finland has decided to close all of its land border crossings many are worried about possible closure of Storskog. The Barents Observer spoke to people who regularly cross the border between Russia and Norway.
November 30, 2023
The Finnish Government on Tuesday decided to close the entire border with Russia for two weeks.
November 28, 2023
Migrants are now being sent back from the Murmansk region. Pressure on the Finnish border is less dramatic.
November 28, 2023

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