The 'High North': An Elastic Concept in Norwegian Arctic Policy

FNI Report 10/2010. Lysaker, FNI, 2010, 22 p.

The term High North is a fairly recent addition to the vocabulary of systematic academic discourse. It was introduced as the English synonym for the Norwegian term nordomr√•dene (i.e. the northern areas) in the mid 1980s, but not adopted as the official language of Norwegian authorities until the beginning of the 21st century.  This paper seeks to explore the usage of the term, including its political significance, in the dynamic perspective of developments that have taken place in the course of the past three and a half decades.