Dear reader! While Nordic defense is strengthened, Finland sends out emergency oil to the European market. In Sweden, measures are taken to sustain the mining industry in the High North. And both Finland and Sweden work hard to find out whether or not to apply for NATO membership.
The environmental impact from Cementa’s limestone quarry in Southern Sweden may bring a halt to further production in Northern Sweden’s mines.
75 percent of Sweden’s cement supply comes from the company that is currently working to find solutions to prevent a cement crisis in Sweden. A production halt may have serious consequences for the LKAB iron ore production in Northern Sweden. (Norwegian only)
The war in Ukraine puts pressure on both people and defense in the Arctic. In Norway, defense capacities in the High North are strengthened with immediate measures.
People in the North can tangibly feel the increased distance to neighboring Russia.
This year, the Norwegian-Russian Border Resident Certificate scheme celebrates its 10th anniversary. 2022 was also to be the year when the friendship twin cities of Kirkenes (Norway) and Pechenga (Russia) were to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
Now, however, doubts are cast on whether the relationship between the Norwegian and the Russian people will survive the war.
Before Easter, our Editor-in-Chief Arne O. Holm wheeled the HNN mobile office along the border between Russia and Finland, where the debate about a potential NATO membership runs high.
“The barely visible winter-dressed road we have followed will end in Pechenga, Russia – were it not for a gate marking the end of democratic values that thus brings my onward journey to the East to a halt.”
A descriptive and personal story from the border areas that is worth a read.
“The countries still spend time, considering what the Council’s future may look like”, he says. (Norwegian only.)
Still a pandemic
The pandemic is still active in the Arctic, two years on.
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Wishing you all the best for the upcoming weekend from the High North News’ editorial staff,