Pia Svensgaard

Pia Svensgaard overtar i Barentssekretariatet

Pia Svensgaard ble i dagens styremøte ansatt som ny sekretariatsleder for Barentssekretariatet. Hun begynner i sin nye stilling fra 1. november. 

Photo: Thomas Nilsen

Branding Barents, tour operators team up

Northern Norway Tourist Board conduct a project that aim to study how cross-border marketing of Northern Norway with Murmansk and Arkhangelsk counties can gain more visitors.The projects is supported with 500 000 NOK from the Norwegian Barents Secretariat.


Young journalists team up in Barents

“Young journalists are the future of cross border communication in the North. We feel it is important to give them a possibility to network and learn about new media”, says Virpi Komulainen, project coordinator of the Barents Mediasphere.


700 athletes gathered for Barents Games

TROMSØ: Youth from all four Barents countries competing in nine different sports gathered for the first Barents Winter Games. See photos on BarentsObserver.com.


Border Dialogue Conference

The Norwegian Barents Secretariat invites you to attend the Barents Border Dialogue Conference in Kirkenes on the 6-7 February 2014. The event will be devoted to practical and theoretical attention to the field of cross-border statistical cooperation, data visualization and data journalism in the Barents Region.


Young Innovative Entrepreneurs event

Barents entrepreneurs match-making

Maria Yarandaykina is hoping to find companies and IT-students to cooperate with when starting up her technology company. This weekend she was one of 90 aspiring entrepreneurs from Norway, Finland, Russia and Sweden that gathered in Kirkenes for match-making.

The Barents Euro-Arctic Council 2013

Finland takes the Barents chair

- We are determined to promote economic cooperation and people-to-people contacts across borders, said Finland’s Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja after receiving the gavel from the outgoing chair of the Barents Council, Norway’s Børge Brende.


Telemedicine to Nenets tundra

Nenets has telemedicine equipment, but too few doctors can use it. The Barents health program has supported a project to promote the use of Norwegian telemedicine expertise to improve health care in Nenets.

Photo: Anja kristine Salo /BarentsObserver

Barents girl power

These two sparring partners proved that not only boys could be wrestling champions. This weekend the annual Oktober championship was organized in Kirkenes, with financial support by the Norwegian Barents Secretariat.


Russian politicians on Barents seminar

A delegation of Russian parliamentarians is in Kirkenes to learn and discuss the experiences from 20 years of Norwegian – Russian cooperation. - This should be an open forum for good discussions, Secretary General Rune Rafaelsen said in his opening remarks. 



Norwegian Barents Secretariat
Po box 276
NO-9915 Kirkenes

Visitors address:
Rådhusgata 8, Kirkenes.

Twitter: @BarentsSec
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Telefon: +47 78 97 70 50

Russian offices

Contact our Russian offices for project assistance or other relevant issues:

Murmansk Office
Arkhangelsk Office
Nenets Office

Talking Barents

Increase your knowledge about Russia with the help of the Norwegian Barents Secretariat.

About us

The Norwegian Barents secretariat aims at improving the Norwegian-Russian relations by promoting cross border cooperation.

The Secretariat is also a center of compentence for Norwegian-Russian relations and for regional cross border cooperation.