Newsletter: Setting the Course for the High North

Solnedgang i oktober. Ramberg, Lofoten. (Foto: Trine Jonassen)
October sunset at Ramberg, Lofoten. (Photo: Trine Jonassen, High North News)
Dear reader; We have waited long and hard for the whitepaper on the High North, and now it is ready. We will finally get to see how the Norwegian government envisions the future for those living in the Norwegian Arctic.

It is finally ready, after a lot of back and forth, postponing and discussion. The Norwegian government’s new High North whitepaper will be presented on Friday 27 November. [Norwegian only]

It will be launched in Alta. It has been nine years since the previous High North whitepaper was introduced.

Meanwhile, future Arctic leaders have submitted their own High North whitepaper with a clear message to the politicians:

Take good care of that which we are to live from when we become your bosses!

Trump the Toddler

While we eagerly await the peek into how the government envisions the future of the Arctic, “everybody” wants to go to Greenland. Now, Great Britain is next as it will once again be an independent coast state for the first time in 40 years post-Brexit, in 2021.

Across the pond, the Trump administration pushes on and has no plans about giving in. It now accelerates the process of auctioning controversial oil exploitation licenses in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Surely many are tired of Trump now, including our very own Editor-in-Chief Arne O. Holm:

Donald Trump has occupied the White House in Washington D.C. outside the bunkers, discussions abound about how the USA’s relationship with Europe and the Arctic will develop when Trump the Toddler is back out on the street.”

Ups and downs

The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has now entered the Canadian High North and in Alaska, unemployment is surging in the oil and gas industry.

Yet in Northern Norway, two clusters were successful in their applications and were awarded a national Arena Pro status.[Norwegian only]

We wish you all the best for the upcoming week!
Trine Jonassen,
News Editor, High North News