In 2007, a total of 108 708 people crossed the border between Norway and Russia, compared to an annual average of a few thousand during the Cold War, adding on to the evidences of increased interaction between the two countries. Norway has 20 representatives on the Russian side of the border, spread on the three foreign missons: the embassy in Moscow, the Consulate General in St. Petersburg and the Consulate General in Murmansk. In 2007 they processed respectively 28%, 40%, and 35% more visa applications than in 2006, and the tendency is continuing in 2008. Around 98% of the applicants are granted their visas.

More about this: Chronicle by Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs; Jonas Gahr Støre.