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Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday 

Frazer Norwell
Frazer Norwell - [email protected] • 20 Jul, 2021 Updated Tue 20 Jul 2021 09:05 CEST
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Find out what's going on in Norway on Tuesday with The Local's short roundup of important news. 

Norway summons Chinese envoy over cyber attack

Norway summoned a Chinese diplomat on Monday evening to protest an "unacceptable" cyber attack on the Norwegian parliament earlier this year. 

Parliament claimed in March that it had been targeted in a global cyberattack on Microsoft Exchange Servers by Chinese state-backed hackers. 

Seven months earlier, parliament was the victim of another attack, this time by a Russian based group. 

"We summoned the embassy of China earlier in the day," Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide told a news conference.

"We clearly told them that this sort of attack is unacceptable."

She added that the attack was carried out "from China" but stopped short of directly blaming the Chinese state. 

In a statement, China's Oslo embassy said it was "waiting for the Norwegian side to provide evidence for today's claim".

"Cybersecurity requires cooperation and collective effort other than political manipulation," it added.

Woman dies following scooter accident

An 18-year-old woman has died following a collision between a car and an electric scooter in Kvinnherad, Vestland, Western Norway. 

The accident happened on Monday night, and the woman was alone when she collided with the vehicle. 

Investigations into the accident have continued throughout the night and the woman's relatives have been notified. 

Scooter companies and authorities have been under immense pressure over the last few weeks to introduce more regulation into the rental scooter sector following a surge in accidents. 

Last week Oslo Municipality said it would introduce new measures, including a curfew, at the end of the summer. 

REVEALED: How Oslo will crackdown on electric scooters

Telenor's profits fail to meet expectations

Norwegian telecommunication firm Telenor's adjusted profits fell around half a billion kroner short of expectations. 

The company had been expected to make a pre-tax profit of 12.84 billion kroner and an after-tax profit of 2.83 billion kroner. 

The company recently sold off its interest's in Myanmar following a military coup earlier in the year. 

195 new Covid-19 cases in Norway

On Monday, 195 new cases of coronavirus were recorded in Norway. This is an increase on the average for the previous seven days. 

In Oslo, 22 Covid-19 infections were registered on Monday. 

Total number of covid-19 cases in Norway. Source: NIPH



Frazer Norwell 2021/07/20 09:05

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