Grensehistorie Vannkraft Grenseliv

Border history

Kart - GrensehistorieToday, the Pasvik river forms the border between Norway and Russia. The Pasvik river valley has been and remains a meeting place for different cultures and peoples. The politics, wars and borders of the nation states have had huge consequences for the people living in the area. The Norwegian state marked its territory, and built schools, chapels, tourist stations and experimental farms.

The Finnish-Russian War left its traces among the people of the Pasvik valley. The Cold War between East and West also had a big impact on life by and on the river. But Norway and the Soviet Union also co-operated on a project to develop the river for generating hydro-electric power.

Today there are close relations between Norway and Russia, and there is co-operation in culture, tourism, energy and research. But crossing the border on the river is still forbidden!

Norsk markering av land (Foto: Ingar G Henriksen - Sør-Varanger museum) Cold War World War II Norwegian colonisation Finnish immigration The people without borders The border country Prehistoric times Glasnost Finnish neighbours

Grensehistorie Vannkraft Grenseliv
Førhistorisk tid Grenselandet Det grenseløse folket Finsk innvandring Norsk kolonisering Finske naboer 2. verdenskrig Kald krig Glasnost