Norway’s High North Policies

  • Geir HønnelandEmail author


The High North is the number one priority in Norwegian foreign politics. The country’s High North strategies have traditionally centred on its relationship with other states in the Barents Sea area, Russia in particular. During the Cold War, security interests dominated, while after the dissolution of the Soviet Union institutionalized cooperation with Russia became the hallmark of Norwegian High North politics. From the mid-2000s, the division between foreign and domestic policies gradually dissolved, while more recently the circumpolar dimension has grown in importance. Balancing the domestic, regional, and circumpolar levels is a challenge in Norwegian High North politics, but this also gives an opportunity to cultivate different dimensions of these policies depending on the international political situation.


Norwegian Arctic politics Norwegian High North politics Barents region 


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  1. 1.Fridtjof Nansen InstituteOsloNorway

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