By clicking on the "Accept & Close" button, you provide your explicit consent to the processing of your data to achieve the above goal.
Despite its sturdy public image and renowned welfare solutions, the Norwegian economy remains heavily dependent on oil and was therefore one of the hardest hit by the oil crisis. Remarkably, many Norwegian businessmen have relied on Russia to solve the country's swelling economic problems, despite the government's hard line against Moscow.
Kirkenes-based company Barel has profited from its production in Russia and finds it strange that the crisis-affected Norwegian oil industry has failed to use possibilities in its vast neighboring country. For over ten years, Barel's Sales Director Geir Torbjørnsen has benefited from the Russian market and believes the Norwegian oil industry can do well in numerous gas projects in northwestern Russia.
"Some 35,000 people have lost their jobs in western Norway alone, so why don't oil engineers learn some Russian vocabulary and get busy?" Geir Torbjørnsen asked rhetorically Norwegian national broadcaster NRK.
In the years to come, a number of large-scale gas projects are scheduled to be built in the Russian part of the Arctic, and Torbjørnsen thinks Norwegian players should not miss the opportunity.
"With such large projects not affected by sanctions, it would be strange of us not to take action," he said.
In 2014, Norwegian oil companies had an overseas turnover of over 200 billion kroner (roughly 25 billion dollars). Regional director the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise in Rogaland Svein Olav Simonsen believes it is only a fraction of what it could have been. According to Simonsen, the Norwegian authorities ought to provide better help to companies trying to establish their business in Russia.
"It is a common challenge that we do far too little abroad in terms of the potential we have," Simonsen told NRK.
Simonsen, who previously served as CFO in an oil-technology company, also stressed that many businesses tend to avoid Russia because of the potential criticism by Norwegian authorities.
"If only we had received more help from the Norwegian government, we may have had second thoughts," he said.
Atle Berge of the Norwegian construction company Ølen Betong, which is present in Russia's Murmansk, is also highly critical of the Norwegian policy towards Russia. According to him, many potential investors have been scared off by Norway's negativism.
"The official Norwegian message is so negative that it scares off everyone," Berge said.
However, Communications Advisor at Norway's Foreign Ministry Rune Bjåstad stressed in an e-mail to NRK that restrictive measures were necessary in response to Russia's "violation of basic international rules."
The fact of registration and authorization of users on Sputnik websites via users’ account or accounts on social networks indicates acceptance of these rules.
Users are obliged abide by national and international laws. Users are obliged to speak respectfully to the other participants in the discussion, readers and individuals referenced in the posts.
The websites’ administration has the right to delete comments made in languages other than the language of the majority of the websites’ content.
In all language versions of the sputniknews.com websites any comments posted can be edited.
A user comment will be deleted if it:
does not correspond with the subject of the post;
promotes hatred and discrimination on racial, ethnic, sexual, religious or social basis or violates the rights of minorities;
violates the rights of minors, causing them harm in any form, including moral damage;
contains ideas of extremist nature or calls for other illegal activities;
contains insults, threats to other users, individuals or specific organizations, denigrates dignity or undermines business reputations;
contains insults or messages expressing disrespect to Sputnik;
violates privacy, distributes personal data of third parties without their consent or violates privacy of correspondence;
describes or references scenes of violence, cruelty to animals;
contains information about methods of suicide, incites to commit suicide;
pursues commercial objectives, contains improper advertising, unlawful political advertisement or links to other online resources containing such information;
promotes products or services of third parties without proper authorization;
contains offensive language or profanity and its derivatives, as well as hints of the use of lexical items falling within this definition;
contains spam, advertises spamming, mass mailing services and promotes get-rich-quick schemes;
promotes the use of narcotic / psychotropic substances, provides information on their production and use;
contains links to viruses and malicious software;
is part of an organized action involving large volumes of comments with identical or similar content ("flash mob");
“floods” the discussion thread with a large number of incoherent or irrelevant messages;
violates etiquette, exhibiting any form of aggressive, humiliating or abusive behavior ("trolling");
doesn’t follow standard rules of the English language, for example, is typed fully or mostly in capital letters or isn’t broken down into sentences.
The administration has the right to block a user’s access to the page or delete a user’s account without notice if the user is in violation of these rules or if behavior indicating said violation is detected.