Arctic News Roundup: 22-8 November

[Photo by Marc Lanteigne]

by Mingming Shi

1) The Atlantic published a photo essay featuring wintertime views of Churchill, a town in Manitoba, Northern Canada. The pictures were taken by Carlos Osorio, a photographer with Reuters, covering subjects ranging from polar bears to snowy countryside vignettes.

2) Norway’s high prices for groceries were the subject of a story by, which noted the practice of high import fees to protect local producers, a lack of competition caused by the domination of a small group of national brands, and high taxes and wages as all contributing to food costs being the second-highest in Europe.

3) As RÚV reported, after a long period of negotiations the new coalition government for Iceland has been announced. As with the previous administration, the incoming coalition is composed of three political parties, namely Left Greens (Vinstri Græn), the centre-right Independence Party (Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn) and the Progressive Party (Framsóknarflokkurinn). Katrín Jakobsdóttir retains her position as the Prime Minister, while Bjarni Bene­dikts­son, the head of the Independence Party, remains as Minister of Finance, while Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir was named as the next Minister of Foreign Affairs.

4) According to KNR, Greenland has opened its representation in Beijing, China, which is its first such office in Asia. Due to the pandemic, however, the official opening of the facilities has been postponed until next year. Greenland also maintains representative offices in Copenhagen as well as in Brussels, Reykjavík and Washington DC.

5) The University of Tromsø is advertising a new three-year UiT Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Global Arctic Studies position at the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education. The program is supervised by UiT Professor Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen. Please refer to this link for further information.