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Theme: Opening the Northern borders

People in the Nordic region are used to visa-free travel and a common labour market, while the relationship with Russia has been characterised by closed opportunities. But these are new times. People in the Northern border region want freedom to travel and work in each other's countries. A visa-free zone could be the beginning of the tearing down of those barriers. Jelena Romanov has just got her work permit in Kirkenes and commutes from Zapoljarny. "The time difference means I can leave home at eight o'clock in the morning, spend two hours travelling and passing the border and still be at work for eight Norwegian time," says Jelena Romanov.
The changes hidden behind the smokescreen

The changes hidden behind the smokescreen

As the Iron Curtain came down, contacts between the Nordic region and Russia multiplied. Yet the image of the Eastern neighbour needs updating, even in the part of the Nordic region which has enjoyed the friendliest relationship - the Norwegian municipality of Sør-Varanger on the border with Russia. The nickel plant across the border has been a smokescreen both literally and figuratively.

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Russian Arcady's weekly commute to Finland

Russian Arcady's weekly commute to Finland

Many travel the 400 kilometres between Helsinki and St Petersburg on business. Yet despite improved communications, a common labour market still is some time away.

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Visa-free travel between Russia and the EU - what will happen?

Most people in the Nordic countries take it for granted that they can travel abroad without the need for a visa. It's only needed for exotic destinations - or Russia. And Moscow uses every opportunity to bring the issue up with the EU.

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Visa-free zone heralds Norwegian-Russian labour market in the North

Visa-free zone heralds Norwegian-Russian labour market in the North

Another milestone in Norwegian-Russian cooperation is reached as Norway and Russia agrees on visa-free travel for border region residents,. The visa-free zone crosses the Schengen border, making it a rarity in Europe. Yet there are reasons to remain patient. It could take another 12 months before the agreement comes into force.

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