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The Kirkenes conference is held the 21st and 22nd of February 2024. As always international relations in the far north is an important part of the agenda.

The conference will be opened by Norway´s Prime Minister, Jonas Gahr Støre. Among other topics he will talk about the changed relations in the high north due to the full stop of Norwegian Russian cooperation, and more focus on Norwegian-Finnish and Norwegian-Swedish contact.

We have also invited a panel of international ambasaadors to talk about the changed relations in the Arctic and how to manage the changed geopolitical situation. Mayors of border municipalities and counties has also been invited to a discuss changed neighbouring relations with Russia. From a situations of close cooperation across the Euro-Russian border, the border is now closed and relations have been frozen for a long time ahead.

The conference has also invited a broad panel of ambassadors who will discuss international relations in the Arctic, and possibilities for future cooperation in the north.

The conference will be held with Norwegian-Russian translation.