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Hundreds of Norwegians and Russians arrived in the first week of February in the town of Kirkenes on the Russian-Norway border to see the spectacular installations, to visit unusual exhibitions and to speculate about the future of the Arctic territories at the international art festival Barents Spektakel.
Visit of Foreign Press Association to Murmansk
Foreign Press Association members stop in Nikel.
FPA is an association for foreign correspondents in Norway, aiming to facilitate the work of foreign journalists. It organizes meetings with key politicians, business leaders and other newsmakers, as well as press trips and social events.
Open to all journalists covering Norway for international media, the FPA currently has about 75 members.
Journalists started their Murmansk trip in Kirkenes, than crossed the Russian boarder and visited town Nikel.
Jonas Karlsbakk from the Norwegian Barents- secretariat guided them in the Murmansk Region. The travelling seminar was devoted to the new opportunities for cooperation in the Barents Region with the regard of Shtokman project development, fishery and mining industry.
The trip was organized by the Norwegian Barents-secretariat in cooperation with Murmansk regional journalist union and Barents Press.
Photo: Björn Lindahl