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

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

Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday
Read about record revenues for Equinor, which industries could give Norway a boost when oil revenues decline, record Covid-19 numbers and train delays in our roundup of daily news. Pictured is an oil rig. Photo by Jan-Rune Smenes Reite from Pexels

Norway take gold in men’s freestyle Big Air to top medal table

On Wednesday morning, Norway topped the Winter Olympics medal table, replacing neighbours Sweden at the summit after Birk Ruud took gold in the freestyle Big Air event.

Ruud dominated the men’s field from the opening round, earning a near-perfect score with his first jump. By his third jump, he had built up such a commanding lead that he chose to hold the Norwegian flag throughout this round.

The win will have come as little shock as Burk topped qualifying.

Record results for Equinor 

For the second quarter in a row, oil giant Equinor posted record high pre-tax profits. The company had an operating profit before tax of 132 billion kroner.

The company have benefitted from rising oil and gas prices, with oil prices at their highest since 2014.

“This is a very strong result, and it is due to the good, solid operation we have had. We have had safe and efficient operations throughout the quarter. Here, all the platforms have produced with very high production efficiency,” Equinor CEO Anders Opedal told public broadcaster NRK.

Parts of the Bergen line closed 

Heavy snowfall and poor weather have meant that the Bergen railway line is closed between Geilo and Hallingskied.

Vy has said that delays and cancellations are to be expected due to the difficult weather conditions. Bane Nor, the state-owned company responsible for operating the country’s rail network, has said it would provide an update at 10am.

Report identifies ten industries that could flourish when oil industry begins to decline

The Norway Tomorrow report from management and consultant firm McKinsey has identified ten industries that could provide up to 200,000 jobs in total once the country’s oil industry begins to decline.

The industries highlighted by the report are hydrogen, offshore wind, electric batteries, carbon capture storage, green maritime, industrial software, consumer platforms, aquaculture, tourism and recycling.

However, the report said that these industries can only flourish if the country makes rapid investments in them now.

“But it can only happen if Norway presses on the gas now. These are ten industries that we see that other countries are investing heavily in,” Frithjof Norman Lund from McKinsey told public broadcaster NRK.

Record number of Covid-19 cases recorded

On Tuesday, 26,109 new Covid-19 cases were registered in Norway. This is a new daily infection record and comes despite a change to how infections are recorded, which results in fewer cases being reported.

As of Tuesday, there were 317 patients in hospital with Covid-19. This is an increase of three patients compared to the day before. 45 of those patients were in intensive care.

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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