Group picture from Council meeting in Pechenga

New leader Rune Rafaelsen takes the Council a major step forward

Council of Border Municipalities in the North held its general assembly in Pechenga

The Council of Border Municipalities in the North held its general assembly on the 21st of June at Pasvik Visitor Centre in Nikel, Pechenga, Russia. The Council consists of 15 municipalities from four countries: Kiruna from Sweden; Karasjok, Kautokeino, Nesseby, Porsanger, Sør-Varanger and Tana from Norway; Enontekiö, Inari, Sodankylä and Utsjoki from Finland; Kola, Lovozero and Pechenga Districts plus Nikel town from Russia. 

Preparations started for the General Assembly to be held in Pechenga 21-22 June

Board of the Council for Border Municipalities in the North had a meeting in Kirkenes


The Board meeting in Kirkenes on the 7th of April 2017. From left Natalia Samokhvalova and Eduard Zatona from Pechenga District. Zatona acts as the Chair of the Board. Toni K. Laine, Municipal Manager of Inari, Liza Stepanova from Sor-Varanger,  Veronika Gnatko and Aleksandr Likholat from Kola District, Svein Somby from Karasjok and Rune Rafaelsen from Sor-Varanger. 



Representatives of 11 municipalities from four countries met in Inari

New winds are blowing for the Council of Border Municipalities in the North

The Council of Border Municipalities in the North decided to be more active and to make use of the forum created for it. A new Board has been elected, and the Chair of the  Board, Jyrki Hyttinen, Municipal Manager of Inari Municipality in Finland, is will lead the activation process with determination.

Frank Ingilæ and Kjell Sæther

Retiring leader Kjell Sæther thanked warmly for his leadership period

Frank Ingilæ new leader of Council of Border Municipalities

Frank Ingilæ, Mayor of Tana Municipality in Norway, was today elected the new Leader of the Council in the general meeting held in Ivalo, Finland.

Murmansk 25.03.2010

"International exhibition - fair"

"International exhibition -fair" organized by the project "Business Network over the Northern Borders" will take place in Murmansk on March 25th at Knipovicha street 48, the State Department of Employment Service of Murmansk region. The participaters are coming from Nickel, Pechenga, Kola and Lovozero. There will also be representatives from the Norwegian, Finnish and Russian Customs authorities.

Murmansk 21st of May 2010

Council of border municipalities in the North with board meeting and general meeting 2010.

The next board meeting and general meeting will take place in Murmansk 21st of May. The same week-end the Northern Recreation exhibition takes place in Murmansk, also with participation from our membership Municipalities.

Kunnskapens Hus at Tana Bru

"House of Knowledge" officially opened

Friday 19th February the new "House of Knowledge" was opened by Ms. Helga Pedersen. The premises are accommodating digital cooperation and are hosting Tana Educational Center, LOSA, adult education and Digforsk. At the House of Knowledge there will be courses delivered from seven University Colleges in Norway. Exams can be undertaken locally in Tana and the House will be an integrated part of Eastern Finnmark Competence Center.

Working group established

Finland is preparing new Arctic strategy

The Prime Minister’s Office has appointed a working group to prepare a report on Finland’s policy for the Arctic region. The report is to be submitted to Parliament during the spring session. Parliament has required that guidelines concerning Finland’s policy for the Arctic region be drawn up.

Logo for the 150th anniversary of Sor-Varanger Municipality

Sør-Varanger Municipality celebrates its 150th anniversary

Sør-Varanger Municipality celebrates its 150th anniversary on 7-16 November. Read more on the  Anniversary pages.

Mayor of Zapoljarniy

Board meeting in Zapoljarniy, Pechenga

The Board of the Council had a meeting in September in Zapoljarniy, Pechenga. They had the pleasure of meeting the Mayor of Zapoljarniy, Mr Vladimir Ogienko.

The most important issues on the agenda were the action plan for next year, including a new project on SME cooperation, and the ways of financing the Council's costs.

This picture of Mr Ogienko is taken by the Mayor of Karasjok Municipality, Kjell Saether. He has written news about board meetings on  Karasjok website.