Scandinavian Arctic Path

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My good friend and fellow personal publisher Raymond had a post earlier this month on the topic of Norway that caught my attention.  In it he spoke about the melting of the arctic ice, a topic I’ve followed for the past few years, and the strange prospects for Scandinavia when this new northern trade route opens up.  Focusing on the city of Tromsų as a potential crossroads for these new routes, Raymond asks:

Could Tromsų or another harbour in Northern Norway be the new Rotterdam? Could we see a development in Northern Norway that defies gravity and is as exciting and news-worthy as the development in the capital of Norway? What will happen once ships can safely travel from Europe to Asia through the arctic region?

He also mentions existing and planned sea, rail, and air links between Scandinavia,  Europe, Asia.  As well as the importance of the world’s largest iron ore mine located in Sweden.

While the melting of the arctic is alarming and indeed, steps should be taken to reduce carbon emissions to hopefully slow global warming, it is also interesting to imagine what the future could bring for regions of the world like Northern Norway.  Places that in this day and age are seen as remote or isolated, suddenly becoming connected and significant in so many ways.