The borderland has been a stage for world wars, border disputes, cold war tension and a continuous experiment in control and surveillance. But in spite of this, ties across the borders have prevailed throughout history. It is now time to see what the border citizens have long seen: the borderland as one.
The borderland bears many different meanings; a politically supercharged area, an international system cocktail, a militarized territory, a common historic landscape and an increasingly strategic space in the development of the Barents sea. By showing this area and viewing the Russian and Norwegian borderlands as one, hopefully one change the perception of this part of the world, and one can begin a discussion on an alternative use of it, an alternative future. The time that could very well be the turning point in history, when the rationale of the border towns merges with the national state’s agenda, is slowly emerging.