The ‘High North’ is riding high

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MESSAGE TO OUR READERS: If there’s one area of Norway that keeps grabbing attention, both locally and internationally, it’s the far northern regions of Troms and Finnmark. So, at the end of a relatively busy summer news season in the southern areas of the country, we decided it was high time to re-visit what many call Norway’s “High North.”

The northern city of Tromsø is among those attracting new investment and development in recent years. PHOTO: Views and News

Rich in natural resources and stunning scenery, Troms and Finnmark are attracting enormous investment in the oil, gas and mining industries, and in tourism. Visitor counts alone are up 29 percent this year, at a time when tourism in Europe is otherwise hit by economic crisis. The region is also home to Norway’s indigenous Sami people, who have a long and often troubled history of challenges in dealing with state authorities.

We simply feel a need to update ourselves as much as we can on the area, limited by how much time we can break away from the daily news flow. Readers of Views and News are likely to see less general news on our pages over the next two weeks, but more views, in the form of photos. We’ll still publish new stories, keep an eye on major breaking news and update our social media offerings on Facebook and Twitter.

We’ll be back in business as normal from August 20.

As the Norwegians would say, “fortsatt god sommer!” Keep having a great summer, what’s left of it.

Views and News from Norway/Nina Berglund

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