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...
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...