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Opening of new Norwegian National Museum delayed until 2022

Construction delays have resulted in the postponement of the opening of the new National Museum in Oslo until 2022.

Opening of new Norwegian National Museum delayed until 2022
Photo: Annar Bjørgli / Nasjonalmuseet

The project, located at Vestbanen in the Norwegian capital and already subject to an earlier six-month delay, has been further set back by “the effects of Covid-19 combined with delays in deliveries and installation of security doors”, the National Museum said in a statement.

The National Museum had been scheduled to take over the new building from constructors Statsbygg in the spring. That is no longer possible, with the installation of art now unable to commence before the beginning of next year, according to the statement.

“The new National Museum is a complex construction project with strict security, temperature and climate requirements. The construction workers are finished, but some testing and problem correction is outstanding,” Statsbygg CEO Harald Nikolaisen said in the statement.

Although security doors, which have previously been cited as a cause of delay on the project, are now functioning “almost as they should”, some electronic, climate regulation and control centre work remains to be finished.

Covid-19 has impacted both the Statsbygg construction work and operation of the National Museum itself. The existing museum is closed to visitors at the current time due to Oslo’s social lockdown.

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Transport, logistics and quarantine on specialists and construction workers from aboard have all affected Statsbygg’s work, according to the museum’s statement.

As such some uncertainty remains as to a definite opening date for the new museum.

National Museum director Karin Hindsbo said it would “hopefully not be too far into 2022 that we can open our doors to the public.

The new National Museum, at just under 55,000 square metres, will be the largest art museum in the Nordics. Its construction budget is 6.1 billion kroner.

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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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