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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 shuttle to Bergen airport.
Read about new entry quarantine rules, the latest Covid-19 developments and Norway being named one of the lest corrupt countries in the world. Pictured is a shuttle to Bergen airport.

Covid entry quarantine rules to be dropped

On Wednesday, 26th January, the government will remove the requirement for those who aren’t fully vaccinated or not in possession of a valid Covid-19 certificate to quarantine upon arrival in Norway.

Currently, those who aren’t jabbed and don’t have a recognised certificate are required to quarantine upon arrival in Norway for up to 10 days, but can test out of isolation on day three.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) said that travellers that are not fully vaccinated or in possession of a valid certificate only made up seven percent of registered travellers and 4 percent of infection cases and entry quarantine was therefore no longer necessary as it was having no impact on hospital numbers.

“I agree with the NIPH that the proportion of infected among travellers without a Covid-19 certificate is so small related to the infection we have in Norway now that the time has come to change the requirement for entry quarantine,” Health Minister Ingvild Kjerkol said in a government announcement.

READ ALSO: UK to end ‘Day 2 test’ requirement for travellers from Europe

18,542 new Covid infections

On Monday, 18,542 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Norway, 7,511 more than the same day the week before.

Over the last seven days, an average of 16,816 infections have been registered per day. The same average a week prior was 10,359.

As of Monday, 255 patients were in hospital with Covid-19.

Norway one of the least corrupt countries in the world

Norway has risen from seventh to joint fourth place on Transparency International’s corruption index.

The Nordic country shares fourth place, meaning low levels of corruption, with more corrupt countries ranked lower, with Sweden and Singapore.

READ ALSO: The essential documents you need to have in Norway

Out of the Nordics, Norway has the third-best ranking for corruption. Denmark and Finland were ranked first and second, respectively.

NIPH Study: Omicron 73 percent less likely to lead hospitalisation

A new Norwegian Institute of Public Health study has found that those infected with the Omicron Covid-19 variant are 73 percent less likely to end up in the hospital than with the Delta variant.

“The findings contribute to increased knowledge and show that there is a lower risk of serious illness among people infected with Omicron than with the Delta variant. This is in line with results presented in reports from a number of countries,” Line Vold, director of the infection control department at the NIPH, said of the study’s findings.

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

Fatal traffic accidents, a Covid cash row and projects facing postponements are among the main stories from Norway on Monday. 

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

Several dead after traffic accidents

Four people died, and two were flown to hospital following an accident in the Steigen tunnel, Nordland, north Norway, on Sunday afternoon.

 Another two died in an accident in Voss earlier on Sunday. Four people involved in the collision were sent to hospital. 

“We are at full speed into the season where there are usually more fatal accidents than in other periods of the year,” Cecilie Bryner from Trygg Trafikk, which promotes safe driving, said to newswire NTB. 

37 people have lost their lives on Norwegian roads so far this year. Last year, 87 died in accidents. 

Deadline for agricultural settlement

The deadline for the state and agricultural sector to agree on subsidies and funding is today. 

The farmers demand 11.5 billion kroner from the government, while the state has only offered 10.15 billion. 

The two parties have remained tight-lipped on how close they are to a possible agreement or what’s being negotiated.

This year’s settlement is considered far more complicated than during a typical year. The agreement is supposed to cover farmers’ incomes for 2023 and cover the cost of soaring prices and inflation in 2022, agricultural paper Nationen writes. 

Norway’s municipalities in Covid cash row 

A row has erupted between the government and Norwegian municipalities as funding promised to help cover the bill for Covid to local authorities was not included in the revised national budget for 2022, public broadcaster NRK reports

Several municipalities have hit out at the government as a result. 

Norway’s Minister of Local Government, Sigbjørn Gjelsvik, defended the budget and said there wasn’t a cash flow problem in Norwegian municipalities and that things should “happen in the right order”. 

This opens the door for compensation to be agreed upon after a report on Covid expenditure is published in September. 

READ MORE: What the revised national budget in Norway means for foreigners

Road projects could be pushed back 

Transport Minister Jon-Ivar Nygård has said that less money will be spent on road construction next year and that large national projects could be put on hold or scaled back. 

“We will need to review our priorities because there will probably be less money than planned for transport,” Nygård told newspaper VG

The minister didn’t say which projects were most likely to be put on the backburner, but it was most likely those that were still in the planning and preparation stages.