Newsletter: Welcome to a New Year of Arctic News

The artist Laufey Lín Jónsdóttir during the award ceremony with Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson (to the right) and Rannveig Rist, CEO of the Icelandic aluminum company ISAL. The company sponsors the award, consisting of a statuette and ISK 500 000. (Photo: Birgir Ísleifur Gunnarsson)

Dear reader! We are starting the new year fresh with new ventures and summarizing the past year. At the same time, the High North News editorial staff has its firmly fixed on our Arctic horizon. 

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We kick off with a review of the 2023 news. 

Not everyone is off to a good start to 2024. 

The extent of the iron ore derailment in Northern Sweden before the holidays is becoming more apparent, and the prognosis for resumed traffic is now set for the end of January. 

The derailment in brings the debate about double tracks back up. (Norwegian only).

The Norwegian Fishermen's Sales Organisation, however, can pat itself on the back.

The revenues of 17.8 billion in 2023 is the highest in the organization of all time and corresponds to an increase of 3 percent from 2022. (Norwegian only) 

And good news from the otherwise volcano-stricken Iceland is in order.

The annual Icelandic Optimism Award was granted to Laufey Lín Jónsdóttir, who creates a dreamy soundscape of jazz, pop, and classical music. 

Finally, the latest news from our editorial staff, which is preparing for the future: 

"Today, News Editor Trine Jonassen takes over as Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper. However, that does not mean that I plan to quit the newspaper", announces Arne O. Holm – now Editor and Commentator – in this year's first commentary. 

Thankfully, Holm is not leaving. His unique voice and analyses are important in the debate about and for the High North, and he continues to be behind the most-read articles and commentaries in High North News. 

In case you missed it, here are the ten most popular stories from the last six months – a turbulent half-year of war, rapid climate change, and record-breaking shipping. 

On behalf of the editorial staff, I welcome you to a new and exciting news year! We will continue to tell the world about what is happening in the North, lift Arctic voices, and increase knowledge about the people who live here. 

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Best, Editor-in-Chief Trine Jonassen