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All but six of Norway’s remaining post offices to close

25 of the 31 remaining post offices in Norway are to be shuttered for good.

All but six of Norway’s remaining post offices to close
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The country’s postal service Posten Norge announced the closures as part its ongoing process to replace post offices with counters in shops.

That means 25 post offices are to be closed by the end of 2022, NRK writes.

Five post offices in Oslo and one on Arctic archipelago Svalbard will remain, meaning there will be no post offices at all throughout most of the country.

“There is still a large enough volume in Oslo to justify that there are post offices there. There is a lot of post there connected to business customers, public administration and large institutions,” Posten Norge’s head of press communications Keneth Pettersen told NRK.

The closures will affect 170 employees and take place over the next two-and-a-half years.

A decline in the volume of physical post as well as the closure of DNB bank services at post offices were cited as primary reasons for the new round of post office closures.

“When the Post loses in September the ability to offer bank services from DNB and the decrease in letter volume grows, that will result in reduced activity and revenues for post offices. We have to adapt to that,” Pettersen said.

DNB announced last year that it intended to scrap post office banking and has instead reached agreements with Norgesgruppen supermarket chain to provide cash banking services in stores.

The closing post offices will themselves be replaced by counters in shops. An advantage of this for customers is more flexible opening hours in comparison with traditional post offices.

Posten Norge is also set to put in place around 1,000 ‘parcel boxes’ (pakkebokser) across the country, enabling parcels to be collected around the clock using an app.

“Society is becoming more digital and we must react to that. A solution such as this will make post services more accessible,” Pettersen told NRK.

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CHRISTMAS

These are Norway’s deadlines for sending international mail in time for Christmas

The Norwegian postal service Posten Norge has advised customers to send Christmas cards, letters and parcels in plenty of time if they want to be sure that shipments will arrive before Christmas Eve.

These are Norway’s deadlines for sending international mail in time for Christmas
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Delivery time from Norway to other countries is usually two to six days for mail within Europe and four to eight days for the rest of the world.

But Posten has posted on its website special Christmas deadlines for sending letters and packages, which it says should be followed to ensure on-time delivery for Christmas.

The deadlines have been set out in collaboration with other countries' postal services.

Parcels going to Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland should be sent before December 13th, while letters and small packages to those countries should be sent by December 15th.

For other countries in Europe, the deadline for letters and small packages is December 13th.

If you are sending any Christmas cards or small packages to the US or Canada, make sure they are in the post by December 11th.

For the rest of the world, letters and small packages should be sent by December 4th at the latest, if you want to make sure they arrive at their destinations before Santa’s sleigh departs. If you are sending larger post, Posten Norge has published a country-by-country list of postal deadlines for sending parcels abroad.

For post within Norway, no special deadlines apply, but Posten has advised customers to allow a little extra time to account for the seasonal rush.

READ ALSO: Norway's ten weirdest Christmas traditions

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