What on earth is the Barents?
The Barents Region is Europe's largest zone of cross-border cooperation. Collaboration among the four countries was officially launched in 1993 in Kirkenes, Norway. The region is named after Willem Barentsz, a Dutch captain who explored the area in the 1500s.
These pages present five relatively remote and small places around the Barents, they features some of the findings of the research project 'Neoliberal Governance, Local Communities and Sustainable Development in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region'.
- Kirkenes, Norway >>
- Pajala, Sweden >>
- Inari, Finland >>
- Teriberka, Russia >>
- Ust-Tsilma, Russia >>
Home to 5.2 million people
Most live in Russia
Indigenous peoples: Sami, Nenets and Vepsians
1.75 million km2
Harsh climate and long distances
Rich in natural resources: forests, berries, fish, minerals, oil and gas
Arkhangelsk, Russia: pop. 350 000
Murmansk, Russia: pop. 300 000
Largest Nordic city
Oulu, Finland: pop. 200 000
Most towns and villages are relatively small
Read more about the Barents region from here.
The five case studies featured here - Kirkenes, Pajala, Inari, Teriberka and Ust-Tsilma - were part of the international research project NEO- BEAR, Neoliberal Governance, Local Communities and Sustainable Development in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region.
The research shows how neoliberal policies at the local level are a mix of new and old governance practices that sometimes lead to paradoxical situations.
Read more >>
Домa в Баренц-регионе (Slideshow in Russian).