Researcher believes Norway’s security will be affected if jobs in Finnmark disappear

Kirkenes - Russian consulatePhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB
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The extensive sanctions against Russia also affect the economy in Finnmark. If jobs disappear, it will affect Norway’s security, an FFI researcher believes.

The sanctions against Russia due to its aggression against Ukraine have led to a trade stop between Finnmark and Russia.

The company Orinor sounds the alarm and warns that 300 of 2,100 man-years in Kirkenes are directly dependent on cooperation with Russia, and 670 are linked to Russia, the newspaper VG writes.

“We have already seen cases of suppliers who do not want to sell to companies in Kirkenes because they know that the companies have relations with Russia,” Frode Stålset in Orinor told VG.

Emigration from Finnmark can affect Norway’s security, chief researcher Kristian Åtland at the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment (FFI) stated.

“Seen from a security policy perspective, it is important that Sør-Varanger is not depopulated. It is important, also seen from a total defense perspective, that national authorities are aware of this issue,” Åtland noted.

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