Barents Regional Youth Council (BRYC)

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The Barents Regional Youth Council (BRYC) was established in February 2004. The main goal of BRYC is to promote the idea of living in the high north as a unique opportunity for young people to express themselves.

“Our core values are tolerance, cooperation, reliability, justice and love, as a basis of everything we do!”

The council consists of one youth representative from each county, oblast, republic and okrug in the region and one representative for indigenous youth.

The 15 members of BRYC are working towards the strengthening of youth cooperation in the Barents Region. BRYC members are either elected by the youth council in their region, or chosen by their county administration based on the following criteria. The candidate must:

  • be in the age group 18-30
  • have good English knowledge (spoken and written)
  • have knowledge and/an interest about youth issues in their region
  • be interested in international cooperation

BRYC also has a board, consisting of five representatives: one from each of the four Barents countries and one indigenous representative. BRYC elects a new Board every year, during the BRYC Annual Meeting. The Board is elected among the existing BRYC members and functions as an executive body, responsible for the implementation of the annual Action Plan. Members of the Board also represent BRYC, and promotes Barents youth issues, in the Barents Regional Council.

Download the BRYC Statutes (updated on 15.02.2019)

Download the BRYC Annual Report 2019

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Barents Regional Youth Council 2019-20

  Region Representative Contact



1 Kainuu Kaisa-Reetta Seppänen
2 Lapland Jolanda Magga (Board Member) / Leevi Alakörkkö
3 Northern Ostrobothnia Riikka Karppinen
4 North Karelia Jere Juntunen / Oskar Mannelin



5 Finnmark Michael Krotov (Deputy Chair)
6 Nordland -
7 Troms Martin Gamst Johnsen



8 Norrbotten Alexandra Möller (Board Member)
9 Västerbotten -



10 Arkhangelsk Irina Zhiganova
11 Karelia Anastasia Romanova
12 Komi Alexander Terentiev
13 Murmansk Daria Makhotina (Board Member)
14 Nenets AO Alena Safonova


15 Indigenous representative August Sjøvoll (Chair)