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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 Maria Therese Tviberg in action in Italy last week.
Norwegian skier Maria Therese Tviberg in action in Italy last week. Photo: Jure Makovec / AFP

Majority supports division of Norwegian county according to poll

A survey by broadcaster NRK shows that 56 percent of residents are in favour of splitting the county of Viken into two smaller counties.

27 percent are against such a move, according to NRK.

The survey, conducted by Norstat on behalf of NRK and Amedia, asked 3,000 residents of the county.

Another survey, in Innlandet, found that two thirds of people under the age of 30 want to split that county and return to the two administrative regions of Hedmark and Oppland.

Norway underwent a restructuring of many of its counties (fylker) in 2017, reducing the number of counties from 19 to 11 and merging several. That resulted in the creation of the storfylke (greater county) of Viken.

Authorities warn of hazardous roads in southwest

The Norwegian met office this morning issued a warning due to highly slippery road surfaces in the Western Norway region.

Icy roads could occur across a large area stretching from Stavanger in the south to Ålesund in the north.

“Difficult driving conditions are expected on Tuesday morning. We recommend setting extra time aside and adapting (journeys) to the conditions,” the West Police District tweeted.

Experts call for government to exercise caution over lifting Covid-19 restrictions

While neighbouring Denmark is scrapping its Covid-19 restrictions today, medical experts in Norway have urged the government to be cautious in considering taking the same step.

“I hope that the government and health minister are not too inpatient and release all restrictions at once,” medical professor Steinar Westin told newspaper Dagbladet.

The current numbers of Covid-19 patients in hospitals and new Covid-19 cases registered daily are low because of the restrictions, Westin said.

Those sentiments were echoed by Norwegian University of Science and Technology professor in epidemiology Lars Johan Vatten, news wire NTB writes.

Vatten said it was difficult to predict the future course of the pandemic.

“A problem could arise if a new and infectious variant is found which causes significant illness. I’ve previous reacted by saying we’ve been naïve,” he said.

The professor added that the rule of potential future variants — after omicron – should not be discounted.

15,988 new Covid-19 cases registered

A total of 15,988 new cases of Covid-19 were registered in Norway in the latest daily update. That is 4,364 fewer cases than the average (20,352) for the preceding week up to Monday.

The figure from Monday also represents a drop of 2,554 from Monday last week, when 18,542 cases were recorded.

It should be noted that a change in the testing system, effective on January 24th, means fewer cases are likely to be registered than under the old system.

257 people with Covid-19 are currently inpatients at Norwegian hospitals. That is 27 fewer than the previous day. The number of ICU patients dropped slightly, from 53 to 51.

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

Why food will be more expensive from today, a key strike deadline and a heavy rain warning for east Norway are among the main stories from Norway on Friday.

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

Food to be more expensive from today 

The price of food in Norway will be “noticeably” higher from today, with the annual shopping bill for families expected to rise by a few thousand kroner from July 1st. 

The reason is that July 1st is one of two days each year when supermarkets raise prices for many different food products. 

Food will become expensive for several reasons. Firstly, as part of the agricultural settlement this year, farmers are allowed to charge more for their grain, meat and dairy products, and fruit and vegetables. 

Suppliers to supermarkets have also raised their prices, and it has become more expensive for food to be imported to Norway. 

“There is no doubt that there will be price increases, noticeable price increases,” Bård Gultvedt, director of business policy and government contact in Norgesgruppen, which owns Kiwi and Meny, said. 

Oslo shooting: Police appeal for video evidence

Oslo police, which is investigating the shooting in Oslo that left two dead and 21 injured last weekend, has appealed for the public to submit more video evidence if it has any. 

So far, Oslo police have received more than 70 tips from the public. They have also asked that video recordings from CCTV and the like from before the attack be stored for eight weeks rather than the typical seven days. 

“We are now working primarily with what we call the video project,” police attorney Børge Enoksen said at a press conference. 

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Mediation deadline for potential SAS pilot strike 

The extended mediation deadline for SAS and pilots working for the airline to reach an agreement and avoid a strike is midnight, July 2nd. 

If the two parties cannot agree, nearly 900 pilots will go on strike, with 400 being in Norway. 

A strike would lead to many of SAS’s flights from Norway over the weekend being cancelled. Previously, VG has reported that a strike would ground around 140 flights. 

READ ALSO: What a potential SAS pilot strike means for travellers in Norway

Heavy rain warning

A yellow danger warning is in place for heavy rain in Eastern Norway on Friday. 

“Heavy rain showers are expected in the eastern region. There are large local variations in intensity and quantity, and the weather can change quickly. The location of the precipitation is uncertain. Locally, the precipitation is expected to pass 15 millimetres per hour,” meteorologists forecasted.

Rain is also expected in north Norway. 

“Heavy rain can cause locally difficult driving conditions due to surface water and danger of aquaplaning. Adjust the speed according to the conditions and have a safe and good trip,” the State Highways Authority tweeted.