Newsletter by International Barents Secretariat, 1/2016

hallberg kuva - 200.jpg

“Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.”
Samuel Johnson, The Idler; Poems

Things are not always what you expect or what they look like. The last time I was reminded of this was at a beer brewery in Arkhangelsk. Here is the story.

First of all, I want to confess one thing. I like beer. A pint of cold lager together with colleagues or friends is for me what others would happily exchange for a good glass of wine or champagne. Therefore, when planning for the meeting of the council of senior officers in Arkhangelsk, our chairman asked me for advice. As a tradition, our working meetings are followed by a cultural evening program and the question was which option we should choose. I have already forgotten what the other options were because I immediately voted for a study visit to the local beer brewery. I do not know if I was the one who convinced him, but the Bobroff Brewery was selected as our evening treat.

Read the whole letter from the Editor in Chief >>

The man behind the news


Tapani Leisti has followed the Barents cooperation as a journalist for a couple of decades. Now he will tell us what is prerequisite for well-being.


Working for dynamic and sustainable development

Beac_ministerialmeeting125px.JPGThe main objective of the Russian Chairmanship of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council BEAC in 2015–2017 is to promote the sustainable social and economic development of the North, create better life conditions for the peoples of the region, build modern infrastructure, enhance the competitiveness of the region and improve the investment climate.


Strengthening the Barents cooperation

RegionalChairmanship125px.jpgThe Kainuu region in Eastern Finland is known for its beautiful lakes, hills and vast uninhabited forest areas. Now it is also the chairman of the Barents Regional Council and wants to enhance the interaction of the cooperation participants.


Alone we are small

Posio_125px.jpgThe Breakout Session about Arctic tourism attracted seminar quests in the Arctic Business Forum, organized in Rovaniemi on April 6-7. It became evident that tourism needs cross-border cooperation to develop.

Read more >> is now

The new address for the Barents Euro-Arctic Council webpages is In addition, endings of email addresses change to The old address is still valid.

Communication across borders

Rebecka-pysty125px.jpgCommunication can be tricky when performed across borders. This is also one of the key reasons for why the IBS decided to engage in a new project, seeking to enhance the communication, cooperation and participation in the working groups of the Barents cooperation.


Barents Profile: Yury Nikiforov


The long-term diplomat with a wide international perspective sees the future of the Barents cooperation in a positive light.


Links and tips to Barents:

Coming events:    

The International Barents Secretariat

Tomas Hallberg, Head of Secretariat  
IBS Staff


Thank you for your contribution to this issue of BarentSaga: Tomas Hallberg, Johanna Westerlund, Rebecka Snefuglli Sondell, Arto Vitikka and Maija Myllylä.

BarentSaga is published by the International Barents Secretariat and the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland. 

Contributions to BarentSaga are welcome, please contact Johanna Westerlund / Arctic Centre.


Barents Euro-Arctic Council official website 2016