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Cooperation with Norway

The delegation of Leningrad region visited Nordland county

From 28 to 31 May the delegation of Leningrad region headed by the Governor Alexander Drozdenko made a visit to Nordland county (the Kingdom of Norway), dedicated to the 30th anniversary of friendly relations between two regions.

The central issues of the visit were renewal of the established formats of cooperation and current directions of partnership in conditions of modern challenges.

During a plenary session dedicated to the anniversary Alexander Drozdenko noted that economic cooperation with Norwegian partners in the wide range of spheres, such as shipbuilding, petrochemical industry, construction and tourism, has been developing successfully.

“Nordland occupies the leading positions in aquaculture and we are interested in implementation of investment projects in aquaculture with the participation of Norwegian capital in the territory of our region. Development of joint educational programmes in agriculture and aquaculture on the basis of higher education institutions of Leningrad region and Nordland could also be interesting for us,” said Alexander Drozdenko.

During the visit two regions also discussed prospective joint projects in recycling, professional orientation and organization of exchange within WorldSkills movement. The parties also considered measures of support and development of humanitarian connection, public diplomacy initiative, expansion of contacts between municipalities of two regions including those in the context of administrative reform of local governments in the subjects of the Russian Federation aimed at increase of its efficiency.



The partnership developed by the parties is unique, it doesn’t have any analogues neither in Russian nor in Norwegian regions. Friendly relations between Leningrad region and Nordland county were established in 1987 when the parties signed an inter-regional cooperation agreement. Special attention is paid to development of local ties, there are 7 couples of twin cities: Kingisepp – Narvik (since 1973), Vyborg – Bodø (since 1990), Volkhov – Vefsn (since 1992), Kirishi – Tysfjord (1992), Podporozhye – Steigen (since 1993), Lodeynoe Pole – Gildeskål (since 1995), Tosno – Ballangen (since 1999).

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