Newsletter by International Barents Secretariat, 2/2015

Dear Readers,

hallberg kuva - 200.jpgIn the old time, October was the month for moving in Sweden. It was the time when the peasants were allowed to renegotiate their employment contracts and were thus free to move. For some reason, the tradition of moving during this month remains, even though there is no longer any practical reason for it. October is also a month of change for us this year. On the 14-15 October, the Finnish national chairmanship was handed over to Russia and the regional chairmanship was changing from Arkhangelsk to Kainuu in Finland.

At the IBS office we are also facing some changes. Our Environmental Adviser, Tuuli Ojala, is leaving and we are currently finishing the recruitment of her replacement. We thank Tuuli for a very good effort during her two years with us and we wish her all the best in her new position.

As you may already have noticed, we also have a new layout on our website and we hope that this will make it easier for you to find what you are looking for. We are more than happy to receive your feedback on the content and the structure of the new website.

In this edition of the Barents Saga you have quite a ‘smorgasbord’ to choose from. You can read a report from the Barents Summer Games or meet young entrepreneurs inspiring the audience at the Barents Reunion in Torneå/Haparanda. Two of our working groups, the Culture JWG and the working group on Education and Research, will also provide updates on their current issues. If you feel like a brief escape from the autumn darkness, you can also follow our new intern, Rebecka Snefuglli Sondell, on her cycling trip from Sweden to Kirkenes.

Have a nice time reading.
Tomas Hallberg
Head of the International Barents Secretariat

BEAC Ministerial Meeting in Oulu

barentsaga-thumb-Oulu.jpgIn Oulu, Timo gave the Barents gavel to Sergey. Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov flew in for a five-hour visit to mark Russia´s commitment to the Barents cooperation. He was hosted by Finnish foreign minister Timo Soini. As a sign of their good contact, the ministers called each other by their first names.


First Barents Summer Games a real success

bs-etusivu-games.jpgThe long history of sports cooperation in the Barents region has reached a new level with the multi-sport Barents Winter and Summer Games. Sport cooperation in the region also includes many other things than competitions.


Eighth Barents Reunion: Inspiration and Motivation for Region’s Young Entrepreneurs

bs-thumb-reunion.jpgSince 2008, Barents Reunion has offered "inspiration and meetings for the people of Barents", to paraphrase the headline of this year’s meeting. The target group of the reunion is the youth of the region.


To internship in IBS – by bike!

bs-etusivu-Rebecka.jpgRebecka Snefuglli Sondell, the new intern of International Barents Secretariat, arrived in Kirkenes by bicycle. Here she tells about her journey.


Youth in the Barents region

bs-etusivu-youth.jpgYouth play a crucial role in the Barents region. One of the common problems that all four countries in the Barents region – Finland, Norway, Russia and Sweden – continuously try to solve is how to attract young adults to stay in the region to grow, develop and cooperate.


News from the field of Education

BarentSaga-Education-frontpage.jpgRole of Barents academia in the Barents Region development increases.


Science Centre Lenin – New, Unique Life for Nuclear Icebreaker

bs-etusivu-lenin.jpgIn May 2015, the science centres of the world got a new member. A new and unique science centre was opened in Murmansk, Russia, on board the world’s first nuclear-powered icebreaker Lenin. This science centre focuses on the Arctic Ocean and on the Russian nuclear icebreaker fleet.


Barents Profile: Maija Lummepuro

bs-etusivu-lummepuro.jpgCounsellor for Cultural Affairs Maija Lummepuro from Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture was interviewed By BarentSaga about her experiences as the co-chair of the Joint Working Group for Culture.


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The International Barents Secretariat

Tomas Hallberg, Head of Secretariat
IBS Staff


Thank you for your contribution to this issue of BarentSaga: Zhanna Guzenko, Tomas Hallberg, Markku Heikkilä, Maria Kalinina, Ari Laakso, Rebecka Snefuglli Sondell, Outi Snellman, Ilkka Tiensuu and Arto Vitikka.

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

Contributions to BarentSaga are welcome, please contact Ilkka Tiensuu / Arctic Centre.


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