Arctic Norwegian town welcomes Russian “invasion”


Right at home: Russians feel welcome in Norwegian Kirkenes

For decades they lived just minutes from a cold war frontline. But the people of Kirkenes in the Arctic north of Norway have always had a friendly relationship with their Russian neighbours. Today the town of Kirkenes looks, sounds and feels almost as Russian as it is Norwegian, and a new agreement means local people from both sides of the border are free to cross what is one of only three borders between NATO and Russia. Here’s my report for Deutsche Welle, from Kirkenes in Northern Norway.

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