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

Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday 
Bergen's world famous harbour. Photo by Michael Fousert on Unsplash
Find out what’s going on in Norway on Wednesday with The Local's short roundup of important news. 

Norway set to pass 5 million Covid-19 vaccinations 

On Wednesday, Norway is expected to pass the 5 million vaccine mark, which Prime Minister Erna Solberg has described as “good news” for the country’s reopening strategy. 

“There are lots of positive numbers at the moment. We have not seen an increase in infections since our last assessment. Since then more vaccines have also been rolled out,” Solberg told newspaper VG

Norway postponed the final step of its exit plan for easing Covid-19 measures early in July over fears of the spread of the Delta variant

Solberg told the paper that the government would begin assessing the situation next week with a view of lifting restrictions at the end of July or the beginning of August. 

Large seizure of weapons linked to right-wing extremism

Three people have been arrested, and weapons including machine guns and grenades have been seized by police. 

Six machine guns, ten rifles, five pistols, 31 ammunition belts, 18 magazines, grenades and 8,000 rounds of ammunition were found at an address in Bodø, Northern Norway, and subsequently confiscated by law enforcement. 

A man has been arrested in connection with the weapons, and two more men, one from Lillestrøm and one from Hamar, have also been arrested on weapons charges. 

The men are said to have links to right-wing radical groups. 

Service held at vandalised memorial of Norwegian teen killed in racist attack 

An impromptu service was held for Benjamin Hermanson at his memorial in Homlia, Oslo, last night after the site was vandalised with the message “Brevik was right” earlier in the day. 

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Around 30 people gathered at the memorial to Hermanson, who was just 15 when he was killed by three members of the neo-Nazi group The Boot Boys in 2001. 

The graffiti was discovered two days before the tenth anniversary of the July 22nd terror attacks, in which 77 people were killed.

Famous Norwegian beauty spot to host first-ever wedding

Trolltunga, one of Norway’s most renowned mountain tops and one of the country’s most popular hikes, will host its first-ever wedding in August. 

Ullensvang municipality, the local authority responsible for the mountain in West Norway, has given one lucky Danish couple permission to get married at the site. 

One lucky couple will be getting married at the famous Norwegian mountain top.

Other couples will also be able to get married on Trolltunga provided they contact the municipality and are willing to have the ceremony on August 14th. 

The soon to be newlyweds and their guests will have to complete a 27-kilometre hike to reach the ceremony. 

246 new Covid cases in Norway 

On Tuesday, 246 Covid-19 cases were registered in Norway. This is an increase of 79 on the seven-day average of 167. 

In Oslo, 29 coronavirus infections were recorded.

Total Number of Covid-19 cases in Norway. Source: NIPH

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