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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.

A polar bear in Svalbrad.
Read about Svalbard making the first steps to go green, Anders Brevik's parole hearing beginning and the latest Covid-19 developments in today's roundup. Pictured above is a polar bear in Svalbard.Photo by Mathieu Ramus on Unsplash

Anders Brevik parole hearing begins

Anders Brevik will ask a court for parole today, a request widely expected to be turned down.

The request for parole comes just over a decade on from the July 22 attacks where Brevik killed 77 people, most of them teenagers.

For the attacks, Brevik received a 21-year sentence that could be extended indefinitely, the maximum that could be given at the time.  

He had to serve at least ten years of that sentence before making his first request for a conditional release.

His attacks were the deadliest the country has seen since World War Two.

Svalbard moving away from coal power 

Longyearbyen on Svalbard is in the process of acquiring a giant battery as the first step towards an emission-free energy supply.

Currently, the settlement is dependent on Norway’s only coal-fired power plant backed up by diesel-powered generators for power.

The battery system has an output of six megawatts, and the storage capacity is enough to power Longyearbyen for an hour.

The local council has decided that the coal power plant will be closed by autumn next year. The transition from coal to diesel will have the town’s C02 emissions by around half.

Beyond 2023 the local council is planning a zero-emissions solution.

11,031 new Covid-19 cases 

On Monday, 11,031 new Covid-19 infections were registered in Norway, 4,491 more than the same day a week before.

Over the last seven days, an average of 10,359 infections have been registered per day.

The same average a week before was 6,622, indicating that the infection trend is rising.

As of Monday, 240 patients in hospital had Covid-19. 79 of those patients were in intensive care, and 55 were on respirators.

READ ALSO: When will the current wave of Covid-19 infections in Norway peak?

High energy prices could impact tomato production

Just over a quarter of tomato farmers will not grow the vegetable this year, a new survey has revealed.

The reason why so many are opting out of growing tomatoes is due to high energy prices cutting into profit margins.

According to an annual survey carried out by the Green Producers’ Cooperation Council and reported by newspaper Nationen, the rising energy costs have contributed to farmers and greenhouse producers struggling to make ends meet.

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

The threat of major strikes, meat and eggs becoming more expensive and families being eligible to receive financial support to buy children's glasses are among the stories from Norway on Tuesday.

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

Mediation talks go to overtime

Thousands could be taken out on strike after mediation talks between the state, unions, and ombudsman ran into overtime for three separate settlements. 

As many as 3,500 employees are ready to strike from Tuesday morning if their demands are not met. The current mediation talks on wages cover government ministries, police, customs, and tax staff. 

In the municipal settlement, around 10,000 employees could be taken out on strike, affecting schools, kindergartens and services across the country. 

Oslo municipality negotiates separately from the state, and 1,700 staff could strike if an agreement isn’t reached. 

READ MORE: What foreign residents in Norway should know about workers’ unions

Meat and eggs to become more expensive 

From July 1st, meat and eggs will be more expensive, the board of food giant Natura has decided, agricultural newspaper Nationen writes. 

The wholesale price increase corresponds to a rise of 5.65 percent and comes after following rising costs over the winter and a regular price adjustment six months earlier. As a result, the cost of eggs will go up 80 øre per kilo. 

Several types of meat have increased by between 13 and 17 percent over the past year. Suppliers and supermarkets usually adjust their prices twice a year. 

READ ALSO: Five essential tips for saving money on food shopping in Norway

Families will be able to apply for financial support when buying kids’ glasses

The government has proposed reintroducing support for kids’ glasses. Under the scheme, children under 18 will be eligible to claim support for 75 percent of the costs, newspaper Aftenposten reports.  

The rules won’t apply to children who need glasses for reading. Families will be able to claim anywhere between 900 kroner and 3,975 kroner. If you meet the requirements, you will be able to apply for support from NAV. 

The proposal has been sent for consultation and could be brought in from the beginning of August. 

Minister of Labour and Social Inclusion Marte Mjøs Persen said that the new scheme would cover more families than the previous one. 

Norwegians’ financial expectations plummet

Norwegian households’ faith in the economic future has plummeted and is at its lowest level in 30 years, according to the latest survey conducted by Finans Norge and polling firm Kantar. 

The survey measures Norwegian households’ expectations of their own and the country’s economies. Confidence fell from 1.8 to -15.8 on the firm’s index between the first and second quarters. 

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