A leading hub for research on the Arctic and a key region for fisheries, known for its low pollution

The county of Troms borders on both the Finnish Lapland region and the Swedish Norrbotten County and has a long history as Norway`s key region in the North. The city of Tromsø is regional capital and an important Norwegian hub for Arctic research. Important institutions like the University, the Polar Institute and the North Norwegian University Hospital are located in the city.

The region has a territory of 25 869 square kilometer, a lies scattered over a great number of islands, among them the Hinnøya and Sørøya. There is a well-developed infrastructure based on sea ports and ship transport, as well as roads and air traffic. There are three regional airports, of which the airport of Tromsø is the by far biggest.

Regional economy is based on fisheries, tourism, public administration, education and research, as well a growing number of companies working within the field of IT development and oil and gas.

The County of Troms and the Tromsø City is the cultural center of northern Norway. A number of acknowledged cultural institutions are based in the city.


Regional stories

Biggest in the Arctic on wind power
New wind parks take northern Norway to the lead
By Atle Staalesen, The Independent Barents Observer

The Norwegian government has approved the development of the Kvitfjell and Raudfjell wind parks outside the city of Tromsø. That will make the region the biggest producer of wind power in the whole Arctic, BarentsObserver reports.

The new parks will have an annual capacity of up to 800 GWh, enough to power 40.000 households. The park will be ready for production in 2017.

From before, the north Norwegian county of Troms produces 124 GWh (2014), figures from Patchwork Barents show. When adding the neighboring counties of Finnmark (200 GWh) and Nordland (100 GWh), North Norway in 2014...

Which region is home to the biggest Barents Brains?
Patchwork Barents presents the latest data on higher education in the Barents Region.
By Elizaveta Vassilieva, Barents Secretariat

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 the Barents Region has almost doubled itself.

The highest rate of tertiary education attainment can be found among the population of Västerbotten, Sweden. In 2013, 31.5 % of the population aged fifteen or higher held a higher (university level) education degree. 

The five Russian Barents counties rank relatively low, compared to the rest of the Barents Region. In Murmansk Oblast, which has the highest tertiary education rate on the Russian side, the share of population holding a higher education degree is...

Decreasing cattle population causes economic pitfalls for the Barents Region
EU dependency and weak economy in the meat sector may lead to job loss in Norway's second largest mainland business.
By Elizaveta Vassilieva, Barents Secretariat

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 cattle went down with almost one-third in Troms County (see visualizations below the story). 

The biggest changes in cattle husbandry were observed in Northwestern Russia. In Arkhangelsk Oblast, the number of cattle had dropped over 84 percent between...