Dear High North News reader; While the heat records in the Arctic keep coming, relations get colder. At least in Svalbard, where the Norwegian government deprives a significant part of the population of the right to vote. NATO and defense were also a hot topic in the past week.
Climate change is causing alarming high temperatures in the Arctic. In fact, new research shows that the Arctic climate is disappearing before our eyes, and what a few decades ago was the occasional poor winter up north has become the new normal.
The changes he is referring to are the Norwegian Government's new requirement about three years of residency in a Norwegian municipality for non-Norwegian citizens in order to have the right to vote and be eligible for Longyearbyen Local Council.
Foreigners not having any affiliation to the Norwegian mainland will thus lose their right to vote and the opportunity to stand for local council.
“The Norwegian neo-nationalism in Svalbard stirs surprisingly little debate”, says Holm.
Next week, the NATO countries will meet in Madrid, where, among other things, Finnish and Swedish membership are on the agenda. While they wait, Finland is ready to resist a possible attack from Russia.
Canada is also upgrading its defense and over the next six years the country will invest close to five billion dollars to modernize continental defense.
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Best regards from Trine Jonassen, News Editor.