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Manchester United Men's Juan Mata draws out Norway during the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 final tournament draw in Manchester on Thursday. Norway will face hosts England, Austria and Northern Ireland in Group A.
Manchester United Men's Juan Mata draws out Norway during the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 final tournament draw in Manchester on Thursday. Norway will face hosts England, Austria and Northern Ireland in Group A. Photo: Lindsey Parnaby / AFP

Finance minister signals tax reforms in budget

The new finance minister Trygve Slagsvold Vedum says that significant changes to taxation will be made next year, despite the short deadline for the budget, news wire NTB writes.

Erna Solberg’s government presented its proposed budget before leaving office, as is common practice when there is a handover following a general election.

The new Labour Party and Centre Party coalition has until November 10th to submit any amendments. The government is scheduled to meet on Saturday to discuss next year’s budget.

“We are going to have a completely different distribution profile. If you earn under 750,000 kroner, you will find the tax changes we make will result in a simpler daily life,” Vedum told NTB.

Norway to double climate development aid

Norway will double climate aid to developing countries over the next five years, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre told newspaper Aftenposten. Støre is to attend the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, beginning next week.

“Supporting developing countries makes their transition (to green solutions) possible,” Støre told the newspaper.

The government’s target will be to double climate funding to developing countries from 7 billion kroner in 2020 to 14 billion kroner in 2026, according to the report.

The policy roughly matches that of the former government led by Erna Solberg.

University of Oslo figures on international ranking

The University of Oslo is the only Norwegian university to figure in the 2021 Time Higher Education World University Ranking.

Place in the 126-150 ranking section, UiO has 12.2 students per teacher, 17 percent international students and a female:male student ratio of 62:38.

International academics respond to surveys on which universities they think have the best reputation for teaching and research, with responses used to form the ranking. A total of 200 international universities are included. Harvard University is number 1, MIT second and Oxford University number 3.

996 new Covid-19 infections

Yesterday saw 996 new Covid-19 infections registered nationally. That is 248 more than last Friday but a shade under the figures for the last two days, which were both over 1,100.

203 of new infections occurred in Oslo. That is 40 more than last Friday’s number, but 53 fewer than on Wednesday this week.

The seven-day national average for infections is now 831 per day. That compares to 503 a week ago.

107 people are currently hospitalised with the coronavirus in Norway.

READ ALSO: Norway to retain Covid-19 travel restrictions as infection rate increases

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

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Pictured is Holmenkollen in Oslo.
Read about the interval between doses two and three being shortened and the death of Kåre Willoch in today's roundup of important news. Pictured is Holmenkollen in Oslo. Photo by Michael Ankes on Unsplash

Tributes paid to Kåre Willoch 

The former prime minister and Conservative Party leader Kåre Willoch passed away yesterday aged 93. King Harold, prime minister Jonas Gahr Støre and former PM Erna Solberg were among those to pay tribute to Willoch. 

“He was a very gracious and nice person who was concerned with people and political issues,” Solberg said. 

The former PM pointed to Willoch’s modernisation reform in Norway as his most significant political legacy. 

“The most important thing he did was the modernisation of Norway,” she said. 

Health minister to decide on new Covid-19 measures

New coronavirus measures are on their way in Norway, with the health minister, Ingvild Kjerkol, set to decide on new restrictions following a rise in infections, outbreaks of the Omicron variant and parts of the health service nearing capacity. 

“There will be measures we will notice in our everyday lives,” Kjerkol said to public broadcaster NRK

“The situation is demanding, and that is the reason why we are now looking at new measures. We have a health service that is in full swing, and our goal is to have control of the pandemic, in the form that the municipalities and hospitals are able to provide proper health care,” Kjerkol explained.

READ ALSO: How could Norway’s Covid-19 restrictions be tightened this week?

The minister didn’t reveal any details on what could be announced but said that decisions would be made on Tuesday. 

Coronavirus booster vaccine interval shortened 

The interval between vaccine doses two and three for those aged between 64 and 45 will be shortened by a month, Norway’s health ministry has announced

The interval will now be five months when it was previously six. All adults with serious underlying conditions and those working in the health and care sectors will also have the interval cut. 

One in three think Covid-19 measures are too relaxed

A third of Norwegians feel that the current Covid measures in place in Norway are insufficient and need tightening, according to a survey conducted by Norstat for public broadcaster NRK.

Ten percent said the measures were too comprehensive, and just under 50 percent said that the current level of action was appropriate. 

4,117 new Covid-19 cases in Norway

On Monday, 4,117 new Covid-19 cases were registered in Norway. That is 1,240 more cases than the same day last week. 

As of yesterday, 295 people were hospitalised with Covid-19. 

A graph showing the number of weekly cases in Norway.
The total number of weekly cases in Norway throughout the pandemic. Source: Norwegian Institute of Public Health.