Coast Guards in the Arctic

  • Andreas ØsthagenEmail author


Coast guards and navies vary across the countries in question. Each set-up and division of labour is tailored to the national and historic circumstances in which they were developed, while they are also often a result of the size of both the country itself (geographically), its population and economy. This chapter looks at what a coast guard entails, why they came about, and explicitly examines six Arctic coast guards: Denmark (Greenland); Iceland; Norway; Canada; USA; and Russia. Summarising these differing structures, this chapter turns to a brief discussion on the notion of an effective coast guard-model in the Arctic and beyond.


Coast guards Civilian-military spectrum Coast guard structures Arctic 


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  1. 1.Fridtjof Nansen InstituteLysakerNorway

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