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2005 was proclaimed the year of indigenous people of the Barents Sea
This decision was made on Wednesday at a session of the Barents Euro-Arctic Region Council in Petrozavodsk. Representatives of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Finland, Sweden, Norway and administrations of Russia's northwestern regions are taking part in the session. A number of events in the spheres of public health care, education, culture and environmental protection will be held in Northern Europe and Russia. Among them are the meeting of leaders of indigenous people in February 2005 in Norway, an international folklore festival in Arkhangelsk and traditional sports competitions in Murmansk in spring. An international Finno-Ugric festival in Syktyvkar, a conference on mass media problems in Petrozavodsk, youth camps, exhibitions, contests and other events are scheduled for the summer. The Barents Euro-Arctic Region Council is an intergovernmental organization comprising Russia, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. It includes the Arkhangelsk and Murmansk regions, the Republic of Karelia and the Nenets autonomous area and a number of administrative units of North European countries. The council's activities are aimed at the development of international cooperation in the region in the spheres of economy, tourism, nature protection, transport and transportation links, education and culture.
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