About us

The Council of Border Municipalities in the North works for better cooperation across borders on the local level, between municipalities and people to people. The Council has focus on culture, tourism, education, youth and sports, and it also works on promoting transport connections, easier border crossings and inter-municipal cooperation.

The council consist of 15 municipalities. 

Finland : EnontekiöInariUtsjokiSodankylä
Norway: KarasjokKautokeinoNessebyPorsanger,
Sør-VarangerTana
Russia:   Kola DistrictLovozero District,
Nikel CityPechenga District,
Sweden: Kiruna

Board Members from 2017:

Rune Rafaelsen, Sør-Varanger (Chair),
Vice Member Elisabet Erke from Tana
Aleksandr Likholat, Kola District (1st ViceChair),
Vice Member Aleksandr Shestak from Lovozero District
Toni K. Laine, Inari (2nd Vice Chair),
Vice Member Jari Rantapelkonen from Enontekiö
Thomas Määttä, Kiruna,
Vice Member Viveca Kohkoinen from Kiruna
Marit Helene Pedersen, Nesseby,
Vice Member Svein Somby from Karasjok
Vuokko Tieva-Niittyvuopio, Utsjoki,
Vice Member Viljo Pesonen from Sodankylä
Eduard Zatona, Pechenga District,
Vice Member Elena Budakhina from Nikel town

Legal status:

The Council is organised as an association and is registered in the state registry in Finland.