US embassy in Oslo evacuated in bomb scare

Norwegian police have evacuated buildings in the vicinity of the US embassy in Oslo on Tuesday after a suspect package was found under a parked car nearby.

Police have evacuated all buildings within a radius of 500 metre around the U.S. embassy in Oslo after the discovery of a suspicious object.
"We are about to let the ministries and agencies within this radius to commence an evacuation,"  said Martin Todnem at Oslo police to the NTB news agency.
Police had by Tuesday lunchtime not been able to identify the nature of the suspicious object
"Embassy staff reported that they had spotted a suspicious object under a nearby car," Todnem said. "The bomb squad is on site, but we have not received any feedback from them yet."
Police have asked that all those living within a 500 metre radius to leave the area.
Police report that they have not received notice of any specific threats directed towards the embassy.
The US embassy in Oslo is located on Henrik Ibsens gate, a few hundred metres from the royal palace.
The Royal Family is not at the palace, said communications manager Marianne Hagen to NTB.
"We have evacuated the visitors at the palace because the Queen open park is blocked off," she said. "The employees at the palace have not however been evacuated, but are considered to be safe," she added.
The nearby Norwegian foreign ministry had at 12.15am however not been evacuated. 
"We have not yet been evacuated and are working normally," said press spokesperson Hanne Melfald to NTB.
"Beyond this I have no comment," she said.
Oslo police were notified of the suspicious object at 11.22am on Tuesday.

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Have Oslo’s new electric scooter rules reduced accidents?

New rules were brought in to combat the sharp rise in accidents and injuries involving electric scooters in Oslo. But, one month later, have the new regulations done the job?  

Have new rules had an impact on the number of accidents involving scooters in Oslo. Pictured it two e-scooters parked outside a

New rules brought in to cut down on the number of e-scooter accidents in Norway’s capital appear to have had the desired effect as incidents were more halved in September, when the rules were introduced, compared to the month before. 

This is according to figures from Oslo University Hospital’s (OUS) emergency department that have been obtained by newspaper Aftenposten

The Emergency Medical Service in Oslo registered 143 injuries in connection with electric scooters in September. In August, the month before measures were brought in, there were 301 injuries.’

Compared to the peak of accidents in June, where 436 injuries were recorded, incidents are down by almost two-thirds. 

“We are very happy. This is what we hoped for,” Henrik Siverts, chief physician at OUS’s emergency department, told the newspaper Aftenposten

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Among the new stricter rules introduced for rental scooters, which included significantly cutting the number of devices in the city, was a curfew that prevented people from using them between 11pm and 5am. 

Siverts said that the curfew had a dramatic effect in reducing accidents at night. 

“Unsurprisingly, accidents have gone down at night time. What injuries we do get at night are probably people who privately own their scooters. But accidents have also gone down during the day, too,” he explained.  

Just eight injuries were recorded in September at night, compared to just under 100 in August. 

Over the summer, a surge in accidents meant accident and emergency departments in Oslo were forced to have more staff on during weekends. Still, as a result of the reduction in scooter accidents, staffing has now returned to normal. 

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