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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 

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. 

READ ALSO: Norwegian police to remain armed with advice to postpone Pride events dropped

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.