What is the Barents Region?
The Barents Region, sometimes referred to as the Euro-Arctic Region, has many contradictions. While being a young and newly defined region, still trying to create an identity, it is largely influenced by ancient history and cultures. It is located in the periphery of Europe, however, is at the center of international political and economic interests. Its population consists of indigenous people, locals and newcomers from other regions and countries.
Evidently, when defining an area as vast and diverse as the Barents Region one has to include numerous variables in order to understand it. The Barents Region, in short, can be defined as “a restricted geographical region encompassing the north of the Nordic countries and the north-western corner of the Russian Federation. It is interdependent through transnational economic, cultural and historical ties, however, restricted due to the distinct national identities, different languages and national borders. In 1993 the Barents Region was politically institutionalized with the establishment of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council and the Barents Regional Council.”
The Barents Region.