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

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

A meteor (not the one pictured) was spotted over southern Norway on Sunday.
A meteor (not the one pictured) was spotted over southern Norway on Sunday. Photo by Benjamin Child on Unsplash

Health authorities change guidelines for home tests 

The Norwegian Institute for Public Health (NIPH) has updated its guidelines in relation to the use of ‘home’ or ‘self’ tests for Covid-19, the authority said in a statement this morning.

The rapid antigen tests which can be administered at home are generally referred to as self-test in Norway and are also known as lateral flow tests.

According to NIPH, self tests which take samples from only the nose will detect most infections but samples from both the nose and throat may detect a higher number of Omicron infections.

“Particularly adults with symptoms can therefore take samples from both the nose and throat when they do self-tests,” NIPH medic Joakim Øverbø said in the statement.

The sample should be taken from the throat first and then the nose, or only the nose – but not from the nose and then the throat, Øverbø said.

Language council to make ‘hen’ pronoun

The Language Council of Norway (Språkrådet) is to make “hen” a personal pronoun, according to media Blikk.

If the proposal is approved, “hen” will be added to the Norwegian dictionary as a gender neutral equivalent to “hun” (she) and “han” (he).

“The proposal is to give hen the status of a personal pronoun as a third person, such as that of hun and han today,” section manager Daniel Ims of the Language Council of Norway told Blikk.

“Hen” can be used as a neutral word for something with unknown gender or for someone who does not define themselves with “hun” or “han”, Ims said.

The word could be added to the dictionary later this year.

Meteor spotted over south of country

A new meteor was spotted above Norway in several locations on Sunday evening, newspaper VG writes.

The meteor was registered with the Norwegian Meteoritical Society (Norsk Meteornettverk) at 6:09pm yesterday evening, the paper reports.

The celestial object is estimated to have entered the earth’s atmosphere 113 kilometres above Telemark and disintegrated at an altitude of about 25 kilometres before landing in the sea off Telemark.

Any debris from the meteor will have landed in the sea, an expert said to VG.

Covid-19: 14,040 new cases in Norway

14,040 new cases of Covid-19 were registered in Norway in the most recent daily update.

That is 6,113 cases less than the average daily total (20,153) for the last seven days and 1,394 more cases than last Sunday.

In Oslo, 4,065 new cases were registered, 1,438 more than yesterday.

A lower number of new cases is generally registered on weekends.

On Sunday, a total of 230 people with Covid-19 were admitted to hospitals in Norway, a drop of 13 compared to the previous day and three more than seven days prior. 53 patients with the virus are currently admitted to ICUs.

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

A shortage of GP’s, Oslo making it more expensive to own an electric car and Norway asking the EU to be exempt from a new rule are among the main stories on Friday.

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

Report: 150,000 without a GP

Last year, the number of people without a GP in Norway grew once again, according to the Norwegian Directorate of Health’s annual report on the fastlege system.

“The low recruitment growth and the increasing reduction in total capacity in the GP scheme underline the seriousness of the situation. We share the concern of GPs that the scheme is under great pressure,” Bjørn Guldvog, health director at the Norwegian Directorate of Health said.

The health directorate’s report found 150,000 were without a GP last year. 

Only 3 out of 100 medical students and newly qualified doctors in Norway have said that they think they will work as a GP, broadcaster TV2 reports.

READ MORE: How to register with a doctor in Norway

Hiker in Troms flow to hospital after fall

A hiker in her 20s was flown to hospital after a fall from the mountain Mjeldskartinden in the Troms region of northern Norway.

“It is a matter of a tour group of two people, where one person has fallen from the mountain as the snow shovel at the top breaks. The other person, who called the police, estimates that the injured person has fallen a couple of hundred meters,” Eirik Kileng from the local police district told newspaper VG.

The woman was flown to the University of Northern Norway Hospital by an air ambulance. Despite the reported fall of a few hundred metres, the patient is said to be in a stable condition with moderate injuries.

Norway to ask EU for exemption from egg rule

The Norwegian Ministry of Health will ask to be exempt from a new EU directive that will reduce the shelf life of eggs from 35 to 28 days, according to agricultural outlet Bondebladet.

The reason for the new rule is that parts of Europe are struggling with a salmonella infection.

Several figures from the agriculture sector have said that the new rule would led to increased transport costs and threaten the viability of egg production in remote parts of the country.

Oslo Municipality raises prices for charging electric cars

In its revised budget for the year, Oslo Municipality said it would raise the price for using municipal car chargers.

Currently it costs between 12 to 17 kroner per hour to park and charge a electric car between 9am and 8pm, and 7 kroner outside these times.

Parking will be raised to between 18 and 23 kroner between the day and 13 kroner at night.

READ ALSO: Norway to remove VAT exemption for electric cars