Honorary Members of the NRCC

According to the Statutes of the NRCC, individuals who made considerable contribution  promoting Norwegian-Russian trade, industrial relations, economic, cultural cooperation and other activities in accordance with the Chamber's goals, can after suggestion by the General Assembly of the NRCC, be appointed honorary members of the NRCC.

By 2013, the following persons are honorary members of the Norwegian-Russian Chamber of Commerce.

Kaare Karlstad

Kaare KarlstadIn the second half of the 1970s, the Norwegian-Finnish Company Pomor Nordic Trade was established by director Kaare Karlstad. He started an import of wooden materials, frozen capelin, berries and other products from the North-Western district of the Soviet Union to Norway.
In 1982-1983, Karlstad was allowed by the two Border Commissioners to initiate pilot trade crossings across the common border. He established a pallet production factory, Pomor Industries, in Kirkenes based on imported pre-cut materials across the border from the Soviet Union, and a transport company transporting the materials to the factory. A coastal liner was owned by Karlstad sailing cargo from Murmansk to Northern Norway. Karlstad was soon nick-named “Pomor Karlstad” as his initiative indeed was a revival of the old Pomor Trade between the two regions Iin the Russian High North.
Director Kaare Karlstad was a pioneer in a time with serious challenges hardly understood today, including instance centralized foreign trade monopolies, the Cold War and a solid Iron Curtain. His initiatives were in many ways the starting signals for the later Barents regional cooperation.
Karlstad was awarded honorary membership of the NRCC in December 2009.


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