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  • Wed, Nov 19, 2014
    Submitted by Elizaveta Vassilieva
    Around one third of Västerbotten's population aged 15 or older holds a higher education degree. Higher education is becoming an increasingly common trend in the Barents Region, BarentsObserver reports. In the last twenty-three years (1990-2013), the average rate of higher education attainment in...
  • Mon, Nov 17, 2014
    Submitted by Atle Staalesen
    The national economy is faltering, but unemployment figures in Russia are historically low. Figures from Russia’s State Statistical Service(Rosstat) show that unemployment in the country in September reached a record-low 4,9 percent, a decrease of 0,5 percent year-on-year and of more than one...
  • Wed, Nov 05, 2014
    Submitted by Elizaveta Vassilieva
    EU dependency and weak economy in the meat sector may lead to job loss in Norway's second largest mainland business. Figures from Patchwork Barents show a declining trend in the number of cattle in the Barents Region, the BarentsObserver reports. For example, in the period 1999-2012 the number of...
  • Tue, Oct 21, 2014
    Submitted by Atle Staalesen
    The lion’s share of processed goods in the Barents Region is out-transported by rail. Now, Finnish industrialists eye a new line to the Norwegian Arctic coast. Business interests in northern Finland have long lobbyed the project, and are now increasingly successful in lifting it up to the national...
  • Fri, Oct 10, 2014
    Submitted by Atle Staalesen
    After several golden years, a string of regional mining companies is threatened by closure. One of the smaller mining companies in Scandinavia, the Northern Iron, is increasingly struggling to make ends meet. The Barents Region is highly rich in minerals and metals and iron ore production is...

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