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

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

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

NIPH: Peak of Covid-19 infections may have been reached

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has said that Norway may have already reached the peak of the current wave of infections, driven by the Omicron variant.

“It is possible that we have already reached the very peak of infection and possibly just got over it,” Geir Bukholm, infection control director at the NIPH, told newspaper VG.

“But it may seem that the effects of the peak of infection could still be 1-2 weeks ahead of us,” he added.

Bukholm also said that Norway was reaching immunity in the population that is sufficient enough to see infections go down without measures.

“We are talking about population immunity rather than herd immunity. It is when the infection curve stops rising, flattens out and shows a downwards trend. We have gained a basic immunity in the population in the population which means that the R number will fall below one,” he explained.

Northern Lights seen over southern Norway 

The Northern Lights were seen in far more southern parts than is usual last night. The Borealis was observed over parts of Oslo and Viken County.

The lights are typically only visible further north in the country. However, this is at least the third time this season, which runs between late September and early April, the Northern Lights have been visible as far south as Oslo.

READ MORE: When will you next get to see the Northern Lights in Norway?

For the lights to be seen in the south, certain conditions need to be met, such as a powerful magnetic storm and lots of solar activity.

Changes to housing rules have made the selling process longer

In the New Year, a new law was introduced that meant sellers could no longer sell a house “as is”. This puts a greater responsibility on the seller to highlight flaws and issues with the house than before.

The new rule has meant that there are now far stricter requirements on the documentation of the home’s condition than there have been previously.

READ ALSO: How easy is it to get a mortgage in Norway as a foreign resident?

DNB Eindom, a real estate firm, has advised those looking to sell to get all their documentation in order before listing their home.

“You must obtain documentation on, for example, who refurbished your bathroom, who laid wires when you refurbished your bedroom. I think many have been unprepared and spent much more time on this process than one had imagined. Maybe they (sellers) have had to postpone both the sale and the appraisal,” Terje Buraas, head of DNB Eindom, told public broadcaster NRK.  

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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