The Politics of Presence: The Longyearbyen Dilemma 

Authors

  • Torbjørn Pedersen Nord University
DOI: https://doi.org/10.23865/arctic.v8.682

Abstract

The large presence of Norwegian citizens in Svalbard has subdued the misperception that Norway’s northernmost territory has an international or internationalized legal status. Now this Norwegian presence in the archipelago is about to change. Amid tumbling coal prices, the state-owned mining company Store Norske is shrunk to a minimum, and no current or proposed business in Longyearbyen has the potential to compensate for the loss of Norwegian workers, in part due to their international character and recruitment policies. This study argues that the likely further dilution of Norwegians in Longyearbyen may ultimately fuel misperceptions about the legal status of Svalbard and pose new foreign and security policy challenges to Norway. 

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Author Biography

Torbjørn Pedersen, Nord University

Professor (Associate)

Faculty of Social Sciences

Published

2017-08-16

How to Cite

Pedersen, T. (2017). The Politics of Presence: The Longyearbyen Dilemma . Arctic Review, 8. https://doi.org/10.23865/arctic.v8.682

Issue

Section

Original Articles

Keywords:

Arctic, foreign policy, international law, International Relations Theory, Longyearbyen, presence, sovereignty, Svalbard.