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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 are mountains and a fjord in Møre og Romsdal.
Read about how inflation is going to be a large focus of the collective agreements in Norway and a weather warning that will be in place on Wednesday and Thursday in todays roundup. Pictured are mountains and a fjord in Møre og Romsdal. Photo by Polina Kuzovkova on Unsplash

Danger warning issued for first winter storm of the year

A storm is expected to hit large parts of Norway on Wednesday and Thursday, and danger warnings have been issued for avalanches, floods and landslides in large parts of the country.

There will be heavy rainfall throughout large parts of the country, with between 100 and 200 millimetres of rain expected in western Norway, along with plenty of wind. In some northern parts of the country, up to 35 centimetres of snow is expected.

“The weather will be challenging in many places in the next few days. The storm will hit hard across the country,” Per Erik Haga from the Norwegian Meteorological Institute told public broadcaster NRK.

High inflation to play a big part in collective agreements

Between December 2020 and 2021, prices rose by 5.3 percent, mainly due to the cost of electricity and grid rent doubling, an analysis from Statistics Norway has found.

Workers organisation UNIO has warned that this will likely impact the wage settlement negotiations that will take place during the early part of this year.

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“We need real wage growth, not least considering that salaries in the public sector have lagged behind in the past couple of years. In addition, we have had a pandemic which has been a great burden to deal with,” Ragnhild Leid, Unio leader, told public broadcaster NRK.

YS leader Erik Kollerud also warned NRK of inflation’s impact on real wages.

“Electric prices are an important part of the general price increase, and with it the requirements for the wage settlement. Last year, we agreed on a moderate settlement where we kept purchasing power. For the time being, it appears that we have seen a large decline in real wages, we cannot accept that,” he told NRK.

6,540 new Covid-19 cases

Over the last 24 hours, 6,450 new Covid-19 infections have been registered in Norway. That is 1,307 more than the same day last week.

Monday’s figure is also 104 more cases than the average for the previous seven days, which is 6,436.

READ MORE: How could Norway’s Covid-19 rules change this week?

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

Authorities mull euthanising a famous walrus, a 'dramatic' new climate report, and a salmonella outbreak are among the headlines from Norway on Friday.

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

Authorities say Freya the walrus may be euthanised

Norwegian authorities are considering putting down a walrus that won hearts basking in the sun of the Oslofjord amid fears it is putting itself and the public in danger, they said Thursday. 

Despite repeated appeals to the public to keep their distance from the walrus — a young female weighing 600 kilos (1,300 pounds) that has been nicknamed Freya -the mammal continues to attract big crowds, the Fisheries Directorate said in a statement.

 Its text was accompanied by a photograph of a group of onlookers crowding near the animal.

 “The public’s reckless behaviour and failure to follow authorities’ recommendations could put lives in danger”, a spokeswoman for the fisheries agency, Nadia Jdaini, said.

“We are now exploring other measures, and euthanasia may be a real alternative”, she added.

The Arctic is heating up much faster than expected

Temperatures in the Arctic have risen four times faster than the rest of the planet, with the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard warming up even quicker, a new study has found. 

The environment minister Espen Barthe Eide has called the study’s findings dramatic. 

“These are dramatic figures. The study is another serious warning about how quickly climate change is happening,” Eide told Norwegian newswire NTB. 

“The ice is melting at record speed, the water is getting warmer, the permafrost is thawing, life on land as well as in the sea is changing,” he said. 

“Parts of Svalbard are in the process of changing from an Arctic to an Atlantic climate,” he added. 

The study concluded the temperature in the Arctic has increased by 0.75 degrees Celsius per decade, and this is almost four times as fast as the rest of the globe. In the areas around Svalbard and Novaya Semlja, the temperature has increased by as much as 1.25 degrees per decade. 

Salmonella outbreak linked to watermelon

An outbreak of salmonella has been linked to a batch of watermelon, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority has said. 

The authority said it was working to identify the watermelons linked to the outbreak, in which 18 people have neem infected, but said it was unlikely that the batch in question was unlikely to be found in supermarkets anymore. 

Ukrainian refugees didn’t receive money they were entitled to from the UDI

A number of Ukrainian refugees did not receive the basic benefits they were entitled to when they first arrived in the country, with the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) working to identify who may be owed money. 

“We cannot say anything about when we will start the repayments themselves, but UDI wants to make it clear that this is a high-priority matter and that there are many people working on the matter,” press adviser at the UDI, Per-Jan Brekke, told the newspaper Aftenposten

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