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

Find out what's going on in Norway on Tuesday with The Local's short roundup of important news. 

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Read about a new ferry route opening in Norway and a reported decline in the quality of life in the country and more in Today's roundup of important news. Pictured is a woman sat on a ferry in Norway, watching another ferry sail by. Photo by Vidar Nordli-Mathisen on Unsplash

Quality of life in Norway is lower than last year

An annual quality of life survey in Norway conducted by Statistics Norway has found that fewer people are satisfied with their lives compared to last year. 

Compared to 2020, there has been a decline in 10 of the 12 metrics Statistics Norway survey regarding people’s happiness. Overall one fifth is highly satisfied with their standard of living while 28 percent have a general low feeling of happiness regarding their quality of life. 

There has also been an increase in the number of those having symptoms of anxiety, depression, sleeping problems and feeling lonely and isolated. 

Overall young people are less satisfied than older people. This applied to almost all the quality of life indicators except physical health, optimism for the future and rewarding social relationships. 

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New ferry route linking Norway to the Netherlands to open next year

From April 2022, shipping company Holland Norway Lines will run a ferry route between Kristiansand, southeastern Norway, and Eemshaven, Groningen, Holland, three days a week. 

“We bring Europe closer to Kristiansand and southern Norway,” Bart Cunnen, managing director of Holland Norway Lines, said in a press release

The journey will take around 18 hours, and the ship will have 700 cabins with a capacity of 1,500 guests and 350 cars. 

The ferry is well equipped with several bars, a tax-free shopping area, spa and theatre hall.  

Rising Covid-19 hospitalisations to become increasingly demanding 

A sharp rise in Covid-19 hospitalisations will create a demanding situation for hospitals in Norway in the coming days and weeks, Bjørn Guldvog, health director of the Norwegian Directorate of Health, has told newspaper VG

“It can be more demanding in the days and weeks to come,” Guldvog said. 

A total of 168 people are currently hospitalised with coronavirus, with 47 new admissions occurring in the past 24 hours. 

Guldvog said the best way of easing pressure on healthcare services was for municipalities in areas with rising infection to issue clear advice and rules reasonably quickly. 

“When the infection increases, it is good that the municipalities go out with clear recommendations as they recently did in Tromsø,” he explained. 

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Highest number of daily Covid cases since September

On Monday, 1,335 new Covid-19 cases were recorded. This is 422 infections more than the same day last week and the highest number of people testing positive for the virus since September 8th. 

Over the last seven days, an average of 1,029 coronavirus cases has been registered. 

In Oslo, 282 people returned positive tests for Covid-19 on Monday. 

A graph showing the total number of Covid-19 cases in Norway.
A graph showing the total number of Covid-19 cases in Norway. Source: Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

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

Find out what’s going on in Norway on Tuesday with The Local’s short roundup of important news. 

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.