Priority 3: People to People co-operation and Identity Building



Crossover Crafts - Artisans without borders

The aim of this project is to recreate, preserve, transfer and documenttraditional handicraft skills. This is to contribute to the preservation and profitability of traditional handicrafts. The project includes e.g. workshops, exhibitions, educations and courses, and learning materials. 

Lead Partner: Midt-Troms Museum


Support for leaving care in Murmansk region and in Lapland

The project aims to plan and pilot a leaving care support system in Lapland and Murmansk region. Leaving care means support and assistance for young people who are in care (in this case, the SOS Children's Villages in Lapland and Murmansk region) and moving on towards adulthood and independency. 

Lead Partner: Children's Village SOS Kandalaksha


New Horizons

The project promotes intensified cultural cross-border cooperation.  It has a large number of participants involved in five sub-projects:

  • Barents Forum of Strategic Cultural Planning and Policy Implementation
  • Young entrepreneurs for culture and creative sector
  • Museum, cultural heritage and northern identity
  • X-BORDER 2013
  • Sound of Barents

Lead Partner: County Council of Norrbotten


Barents Journal

The project will develop an international academic publication:  Barents Studies: Peoples, Economies and Politics. The idea of the journal is to provide scientific knowledge and latest research news related to developmental processes within the Barents Region as well as socio-economic, political, environmental developments, and thus providing information outside and within the programme area.


The project aims to promote research co-operation and popularization of research results in the Barents Region by sharing topical scientific news through the journal. At the same time the purpose is to expand the understanding of the Barents Region as a global, social, political and in economic context.


The first issue of the jounal is due to release in fall 2013. During the project three peer-reviewed academic issues and one popularized issue will be published.


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Lead Partner: Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland



Limited Abilities – Unlimited Potential

The overall objective of this projects is to create prerequisites for improving quality of life of the physically challenged people.  The project will seek to promote inclusion and integration into the society by providing equal opportunities for accessing education, culture, vocational guidance, labour market, sports and health promotion. It is essential that the people with different disabilities have the ability to influence ones life and situation, and have possibilities for independent living in the programme areas.

Cross-border co-operation between the physically challenged people on the Barents region has not yet been widely utilized. It could lead to significant achievements. These groups of people have a lot of common experiences, but also differences in their circumstances on different sides if the borders.

Lead Partner:  The Regional Public Organisation of the Disabled “ Nadezhda”

See a project poster here: KO343 Limited Abilities - Unlimited Potential NEW.pdf (205.8 kt ) 


The Northern Beauty

  The project aims at enhancing co-operation in arts and culture, especially concerning visual arts and art history. The objective is to build up a network for implementing multilateral activities such as exhibitions, workshops and symposiums. The network’s task will be to increase awareness about rich and diverse arts and cultural heritage of the North.

  In the background there is the fact that during the last years the number of multilateral cultural projects across our region (North Calotte and Northwest Russia) has strongly declined. There is though a strong interest for cooperation. There is a demand of a new generation of cultural pioneers and entrepreneurs who are able to take the cultural cooperation into a higher level and to meet new challenges.

Lead Partner: University of Lapland

The Northern Beauty website


Arctic Expo Centre - Nuclear powered icebreaker Lenin (ICE)

The project will plan and implement a science and historical exhibition onboard Icebreaker Lenin in Murmansk harbor. Exhibition elements will be shared among the partners institutions.  The objective is also to produce educational programmes, related to the common exhibition elements.

These activities will:

  • establish a unique science and historical exhibition centre dealing with icebreaking and the Arctic situated onboard nuclear-powered icebreaker Lenin.
  • provide a mutual platform for developing common cross-border educational programmes.
  • contribute to the improvement of services towards various audiences such as tourists and the tourism industry.
  • increase the awareness of region specific issue and the future role of the Arctic

Read more about the project in a poster: Arctic ECPO Centre - Nuclear powered icebreaker LENIN.pdf (576 kt )

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A School for All

The project aims at promoting educational opportunities of persons considered as vulnerable by increasing their access to and participation in society in the North Calotte and North-West Russia.

A School for All –project develops inclusion in schools and teacher education through school-based development work and research, with a particular focus on learners who are vulnerable to exclusion. This objective  is promoted by developing training for practicing teachers and providing future teachers with essential competences for inclusive education.

Lead Partner: University of Lapland

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Barents Mediasphere

The goal of the Barents Mediasphere project is to create a flexible cooperation mechanism for journalists working in the region and to increase regional visibility in media and in other open sources. It aims to improve the cross-border communication and information flow.

Even if a lot of Barents information is already available, cross-border information flow within the media in the region is undeveloped. Media needs to strengthen cooperation for responding to the current needs.

Some examples of the project’s activities are: Barents Mediasphere will increase the visibility of the region, involve media houses in the region, improve the expertise of the journalists in the region in Barents related topics, make news and human interest material available and provide practical help for journalists.

Lead Partner: University of Lapland, the Arctic Centre

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CYB – Connecting Young Barents

The project carries out match-making meetings for people working with youth projects, organizes thematic youth music festivals in Russia, Norway and Finland, implements photo exhibitions of young photographers of the Barents region in Russia, Norway and Finland. Bu different activities, the project aims at creating communication networks among creative young people and among youth workers to stimulate identity among people interested in youth sub-cultures and self-realization in the Barents region.

Lead Partner: Non-commercial partnership "Education, innovation and scientific research union "Socium+". 

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Northern Cross-Border Cultural Experts (SWOP)

Northern Cross-Border Cultural Experts – project will e.g. arrange exhange of students and teachers between Finnish Northern Lapland and Murmansk region in Russia. This is done in the branches of culture, education and entrepreneurship. The project also aims at increasing mutual interest and knowledge about the education system, culture and language of the neighbouring countries. It may lead to an increase in student exchange also after the project. All this is done in order to deepen the familiarity of the neighbouring regions in general.

Lead Partner: Kalottikeskus (an educational and development institution of Inari municipality), Finland

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Barents Cultural Co-production Network

Barents Cultural Co-production Network is a project that aims at activating cultural co-operation, that many people claim to have decreased during the last few years. The project is collecting cultural organizations and cultural managers of the region to common forums, to discuss what projects would be desired and successful in the coming years, and what themes are topical and common. The project is a short planning project. 

Lead Partner: Norrbotten Museum (under the Norrbotten County Council), Sweden


Kolarctic Sports and Recreational Activities

Kolarctic Sports and Recreational Activities – project has as a general objective to increase sports and recreational cross-border activities in Kemijärvi, Salla (Finland), Kandalaksha, Polarnie Zori and Kirovsk (Russia). The project wants to increase cross-border participation in order to make better use of the different resources in these towns. Some towns have sports and recreational infrastructure and some towns have more active people for these activities. The increased sports and activity participants will create demand and motivation to develop these facilities further, and thus create an upward spiral of development. In the long term, the project will also develop mutual understanding and cooperation.

Lead Partner: Kemijärvi municipality, Finland

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