Murmansk region and Finnmark county are continuing mutually beneficial cooperation. An agreement on cooperation in sports area between the sports management bodies of the Finnmark county and the Murmansk region was signed on March 17, 2015 in the presence of the governor of Murmansk region Marina Kovtun and the Chairman of Finnmark County Council Runar Sjåstad. According to the agreement, the regions will continue cooperation in various sports, joint activities will be held annually, both parties also intend to implement exchange programs between professionals in the field of sport, as well as coaches and athletes. “I think that many of the activities which take place in Murmansk region will generate interest among Norwegian athletes and vice versa. We will provide Russian athletes with opportunities to participate in the international events and to enhance their skills” – Marina Kovtun said. "We are approaching the 30th anniversary of cooperation between the Murmansk region and the Finnmark county, which is useful for both sides," - confirmed Runar Sjåstad.