Dear reader; while the war is raging in Europe and the West is showing its muscles in the North, the friendship between the people in the Arctic is a hot topic. At the same time, investments are being made in the Norwegian industry. Even in times of crisis, life does not stop. Here is the week as seen from the North.
After Tromsø municipality in Northern Norway ended its friendship agreement with three Russian cities, a somewhat heated debate followed in the media about Northern Norwegian cities’ relationship with Russia. So far, no other municipalities have chosen to follow Tromsø’s example:
"We do not sanction against the Russian people," says a Labour Party politician.
"The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs should take action," says the mayor, who believes Putin is now achieving exactly what he wants; division.
In other news from the world of politics, the Faroese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jenis av Rana, has been fired after numerous statements against queer people. Now, a new election will be held on the Faroe Islands.
Investments and internet coverage
Starlink internet arrived across large parts of the North American and European Arctic last week. Additional service expansion will come in early 2023 for near-complete coverage of the Arctic, outside of Greenland and Russia.
The Swedish mining company LKAB is not kicking back these days.
The company just announced that it will become the main owner of the Norwegian company REEtec. Together, the companies will create a base for a Nordic value chain for rare earth metals.
"This investment is extremely important for the future of the port," says the Senior Project Leader at LKAB in Narvik.
The exercise is clearly aimed at Russia and intended to deter expansionist behavior.
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Wishing you a good weekend on behalf of the editorial staff,
News Editor Trine Jonassen
This newsletter has been translated by Birgitte Annie Molid Martinussen