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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.

Norwegian skier Aleksander Aamodt Kilde competing in Italy on December 27th.
Norwegian skier Aleksander Aamodt Kilde competing in Italy on December 27th. Photo: Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP

3,750 new Covid-19 cases

Monday saw a total of 3,750 new cases of Covid-19 registered by health authorities.

The figure is 334 higher than the average for the preceding seven days, which is 3,416, but 291 fewer than on Monday last week, when 4,041 were registered.

There are currently 328 patients with Covid-19 admitted to hospitals across Norway, an increase of 21 from the previous day. The highest number of hospitalised patients so far during the current wave was 383 on December 17th.

Capital Oslo saw 811 new infections in the last day.

READ ALSO: How has Christmas affected number of Covid-19 cases detected in Norway?

Sweden’s new travel restrictions come into force

As of today, many foreign travellers need to show a negative Covid test to be allowed to enter Sweden, regardless of whether or not they are fully vaccinated and regardless of which country they’re travelling from – non-EU, EU or any of the Nordic countries.

The test must have been carried out 48 hours before arriving in Sweden and the original test result document must be written in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, English or French.

Swedish citizens and foreign residents who can prove they live in Sweden are still among the categories of travellers who are exempt from showing a negative test. But note that a separate recommendation to get tested after arriving in Sweden still applies to everyone, regardless of whether or not they had to show a test result on the border.

Driver loses license for not scraping ice from windscreen

A motorist in Moss Municipality has lost their licence for driving without removing ice from their windscreen, local police said.

In Twitter post, police published a picture of the offending windscreen – which appears near-opaque — and said the driver’s licence had been confiscated for driving “without due caution” after the car was reported to them for “very erratic driving”. The driver was also charged for the traffic offence.

Disqualification for an icy windscreen may seem harsh at initial glance, but is not unheard of in Norway, where traffic laws provide several options to police when motorists fail to ensure their windows are cleared.

READ ALSO: QUIZ: Would you pass the Norwegian driving theory test?

Burning of firewood in chimneys doubles amid high electricity prices

The sky-high price of energy appears to be encouraging many in Norway to turn to their fireplaces for heating.

Almost twice as much firewood as usual is currently being used for fireplaces and wood stoves, according to insurance firm IF. The trend was directly linked to the cost of electricity.

“This winter is special because electricity is so expensive. Many people are therefore using fireplaces to reduce their electricity bills,” the company’s head of communications Sigmund Clementz said in a press statement.

The insurance company has advised people using firewood to be alert to chimney fires and call fire services immediately should they be discovered, newspaper VG writes.

READ ALSO: Norway’s government agrees package to slash energy bills this winter

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

The latest on the electricity crisis and why dangerous weather alerts don't always reach the right people, plus other news from Norway on Monday. 

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

PM to meet parliamentary leaders 

Norwegian Prime Minister, Jonas Gahr Støre, will meet with the leaders of the other political parties in his office today to brief them on the electricity situation and explain how the government intends to deal with it. 

Pressure has been mounting on the PM for weeks due to record energy prices throughout the summer. 

Yesterday the PM announced the electricity subsidy scheme would be strengthened a month earlier so that 90 percent of the bill, which costs more than 70 øre per kWh, will be subsidised by the government. 

Tourists very rarely receive weather warnings 

Norway is a hotbed for tourists, with many coming in their droves to experience its stunning scenery. 

However, in the event of dangerous weather conditions, visitors are very rarely notified, public broadcaster NRK reports. 

“It is largely based on people having to follow along (with the situation) themselves,” the emergency manager at Vestland County, Håvard Stensvand, told the broadcaster. 

In the event of a yellow danger warning, there is a limit to how much local authorities can notify people by sending out text message alerts. 

“With the current arrangements, our experiences so far indicate that it is unfortunately not possible to reach everyone with this type of information,” Johan Marius Ly at the Directorate for Social Security and Preparedness (DSB) said. 

As a result, a new system will be put in place. 

Government pledges to increase electricity support sooner and mulls export restrictions.

Increased electricity support will take effect from September rather than October, meaning the government will pay 90 percent of consumers’ bills where they paid more than 70 øre per kWh for energy a month earlier. 

The government has also said it will limit foreign exports when the reservoirs are low to avoid other measures such as rationing. 

On Monday, the government will also decide whether to reconvene parliament early to address the situation. 

Freya the walrus on the move

On Sunday, a walrus that has captured worldwide attention after being spotted in several locations in Oslo this summer was on the move once again. 

The 600-kilogram walrus named Freya by locals was spotted at Vollen Marina in Asker pursuing a duck. 

Both professionals in the Directorate of Fisheries and the police have several times asked people to keep a good distance from the animal to avoid dangerous situations and stress for the animal.