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Denmark Approves Station Nord as a New Schengen Border

After over seven months of having to choose other longer, more expensive and difficult routes to reach the Villum Research Center in Northeast Greenland, scientists will finally be able to travel there through the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard once again, and this time, legally.

The Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Integration Mattias Tesfaye announced on Monday that the Government of Denmark has decided to approve the Station Nord as a Schengen border station, in accordance with the Schengen acquis.

Previously, since 2015, researchers wishing to travel to the Villum Research Center, Aarhus University’s research station at Station Nord, flew between Station Nord and the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. As Svalbard is not part of the Schengen agreement, and Station Nord was not a Schengen border station back then, these journeys were illegal.

On January 1, 2019, flights between the Nord Station and Svalbard were completely closed after the Greenland Police became aware of the traveling practice. Instead, scientists had to take other routes that were quite more expensive.

Now that the Station Nord has been approved as a Schengen border station, researchers can take the old route again to reach Villum Research Center.

Yet, now that the Station is a Schengen border station, it needs to meet several requirements that are set by the Schengen acquis. It should also cooperate with the Tax Agency in Greenland on the control of customs duties on the spot.

Station Nord is a military and scientific station in northeastern Greenland. It is about 924 km from the geographic North Pole, what makes it the second northernmost permanent settlement and base of the Northeast Greenland National Park and of Greenland as a whole.


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