The High North pp 113-155 | Cite as

The Political Dimension: North European Countries and the High North



The Nordic states are very active and much engaged members of the Arctic community. Similarly to other Arctic states, they are jockeying for the most favorable position to partake of the new opportunities which are opening in the Arctic part of the High North. The Nordic authorities treat this area with extreme seriousness which translates into actions to develop a comprehensive policy in the region. The prospects set by the Nordic governments were ahead of their time or too far-reaching. However, the plus side definitely was that although the Strategies were dedicated primarily to the existing natural resources there, they treated also on much broader issues than oil and gas. They also deal with ensuring sustainable harvesting of the fish stocks in northern waters, monitoring the state of ecosystems and research studies, strengthening and expanding cooperation with Russia, safeguarding the rights of indigenous peoples, etc. In addition, it is extremely important that together with broadening the issues of the Northern Areas by including onshore land areas (until then, there was a tendency to limit the High North only to marine offshore areas), the governments envisaged the necessity of discussing these issues in the fora of NATO, EU, UN, and in the USA.


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  1. 1.Jan Kochanowski UniversityKielcePoland

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