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

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

Read about a lack of Swedish workers in Norway and the country being handed an unwanted climate award and more. Pictured is a Norwegian cabin in autumnal weather.
Read about a lack of Swedish workers in Norway and the country being handed an unwanted climate award and more. Pictured is a Norwegian cabin in autumnal weather. Photo by Error 420 📷 on Unsplash

Norway slapped with “fossil of the day” award

The country has been handed the ‘prize’, given to those who are “doing the most to achieve the least”. 

The unwanted award is organised by the Climate Action Network (CAN). The global network of civil society organisations handed Norway the award and said that Jonas Gahr Støre was a ‘fossil fuel cheerleader’ after speaking about Norwegian gas and carbon storage at COP26. 

The award has been given out daily at negotiating conferences since 1999. 

Karoline Anduar, general secretary of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Norway, said the country was playing both sides when it came to the environment, being both a climate advocate and one of western Europe’s largest oil and gas exporters. 

READ ALSO: How do Norway’s CO2 emissions compare to other countries?

“In a short time, Støre has taught the UN that gas is an energy source for the future, at the same time as he has put forward concrete proposals to combat climate change,” Anduar told newspaper VG.

New report finds Immigrants used Norwegian media to obtain Covid-19 information 

A new report from the Norwegian Media Authority shows that immigrants preferred Norwegian media as their chosen means of obtaining information relating to Covid-19. 

Norway’s most prominent media outlets such as NRK, VG and TV2 were the most common sources of information for immigrants throughout the pandemic. 

“Even though the sample is not representative, it can be a good pointer to how Norwegian media have reached out with information about the coronavirus,” Mari Island, head of the Norwegian Media Authority, told public broadcaster NRK.

The report from the media watchdog also revealed that immigrant groups wanted the language used to be simpler. 

Norway facing a shortage of Swedish workers  

Several industries are bemoaning a lack of Swedish workers in Norway. 

“It is a very frustrating situation. We see the guests standing and knocking on the door. Then there is no one who can work, we do not have enough people,” Bjarte Wigdel, general manager of bar and restaurant, Knettsetra, in Trysil, told NRK

The Border Service, established by Norwegian and Swedish authorities, have said that Swedes are unsure of working in Norway following the pandemic. 

“There is growing scepticism among Swedish workers after the pandemic. There are still some mental barriers left. We know it’s very serious,” Trond Erik Grundt, general manager of The Border Service, said to NRK. 

He also explained that Swedes had felt a “us and them” mentality in Norway, leaving them feeling alienated and discriminated against. 

Highest daily Covid infections for almost two months

On Tuesday, 1,626 people have tested positive for Covid-19. That is 482 more than the same day last week and the highest number of daily infections since September 6th. 

The seven day average for coronavirus cases is 1,098. The average seven days ago was 721. On Tuesday, 163 patients were hospitalised with Covid-19, five less than on Monday. 

In Oslo, 318 new Covid-19 infections have been recorded. 

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.
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