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TODAY IN NORWAY

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

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

Pictured is Bergen's world famous habour.
Read about tighter measures in schools and why seventy percent of billpayers may end up paying more in grid rent next year. Pictured is Bergen's harbour. Photo by Florencia Viadana on Unsplash

Coronavirus restrictions in schools tightened

Measures in schools will move to either yellow or red level depending on whether they are primary or secondary level. Adult education centres and vocational colleges will also be at red level. 

Yellow level means social distancing, assigned seating plans for each student, no physical contact between individuals and minimising mixing between different classes to limit the spread of Covid-19.

Red level sees measures such as much smaller class sizes or cohorts and partial online schooling being implemented. 

The restrictions were announced on Monday in a bid to curb rising Covid-19 cases. 

Not all schools in the country have welcomed the measures, though. In Oslo, all schools will switch to digital teaching as they cannot correctly implement the new restrictions with current staff absence levels. 

Seven out of ten facing higher grid rent next year 

Grid rent, the price energy providers charge to deliver electricity to your homes, will be calculated under a new model from January, and up to 70 percent could wind up paying more than they currently do. 

The figure that the vast majority would pay more in grid rent comes from an analysis from Guldbrandsal Energi. The company used the consumption of its 48,000 customers over the last 12 months as the basis for its figures. 

However, it wasn’t all bad news as the firm found that 40 percent of customers could avoid higher bills by reducing their consumption. Additionally, those in Trøndaleg are expected to pay less in grid rent too. 

READ ALSO: This is how much electricity in Norway will cost this winter

5,741 Covid-19 cases 

On Wednesday, 5,741 new Covid-19 cases were registered in Norway. This is 482 more infections than the same day the week before. 

Over the last seven days, an average of 4,925 positive test samples have been recorded. The same average a week before was 4,055. 

Total number of Covid-19 cases in Norway.
The total number of weekly Covid-19 cases in Norway since the pandemic. Source: Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

Covid-19 certificate to be required to enter Sweden

Sweden will require travellers from Norway and the other Nordic countries to present a valid Covid-19 certificate to enter the country. 

Norwegians will also be expected to follow the same Christmas rules in Sweden that apply in Norway. 

“Do not move the party across the border,” Sweden’s PM, Magdalene Andersson, told news wire TT.  The new rule will apply from December 21st.

Under current rules, everyone travelling to Sweden needs to show either an EU vaccine certificate or a vaccine certificate from a so-called “approved” country, alternatively a negative test no older than 72 hours or proof of recovery from Covid-19 – the exact rules depend on which country you’re travelling from, and some categories of travellers are exempt from the rules.

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TODAY IN NORWAY

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

Wolf population management and the second day of the Bergen International Festival, are among the main stories from Norway on this Thursday Ascension Day.

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

Ascension Day

This public holiday in Norway today is tied to a Christian holiday celebrating Jesus’s ascent to heaven. Expect store closures and busy roads as people hurry to holiday homes.  

Sweden to seek cooperation with Norway on wolf management

Sweden’s government has announced that it will allow a major wolf cull this year, with hunters licensed to kill as many as half of the estimated 400 animals in the country.

The decision means that “the government should investigate the possibilities for cooperation with Norway on the management of the Scandinavian wolf population as the population is in both countries”, according to rovdyr.org.

On Wednesday, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency was commissioned to investigate in more detail what is required to bring the wolf population down to the level decided by the Swedish government – between 170 and 270 individuals.

There are currently 480 wolves living in an estimated 40 packs between Sweden and Norway, with the vast majority — about 400 — in central Sweden. 

Queen attends opening of the Festival Exhibition in Bergen

The Bergen International Festival opened on Wednesday, which this year celebrates 70 years.

On Thursday, the Festival Exhibition 2022 opens in Bergen Kunstshall. The exhibition is one of Norway’s most important contemporary art exhibitions, and Queen Sonja will be present at the opening.

Bergen’s annual cultural and music festival is the largest festival in the Nordic countries of its type and runs for 14 days across the city. 

Norwegian’s Casper Ruud plays the second round of Roland-Garros

On Thursday morning Rudd will play in the second round match against the Finn, Emil Ruusuvuori after winning the opening round against the French veteran Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Tuesday.

In two previous meetings, Ruud has beaten Ruusuvuori in straight sets. Rudd, who is from Snarøya in Norway is ranked number 8 in the world.

Drink-driving limits

And if you missed this article yesterday, we compare which countries in Europe have the strictest drink-drive limits.

Certain countries around Europe have stricter policies than others regarding drinking and driving and harsher punishments for those caught exceeding legal limits. 

While the safest thing to do of course, is to drink no alcohol at all before driving it is useful to know what the limit is in the country you are driving in whether as a tourist or as someone who frequently crosses European borders by car for work.

In Norway, the limit for standard drivers is 0.2g/l. It could take a woman with average weight one standard drink, or one can of beer, to reach that level. Penalties in Norway can start at a one month salary fine and a criminal record. 

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