Barents Sea

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The Barents Sea forms part of the Arctic Ocean. It lies to the north of northern Norway and the Kola Peninsula of north-west Russia, and is bounded to the east by Novaya Zemlya and to the north (approximately) by the Franz-Joseph Land and Svalbard archipelagos. The sea was renamed after the Dutch explorer Willem Barents (c.1550-1597) in 1853; it had previously been known as the Murmean Sea.