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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.

Vigelandsparken, Oslo.
Read about rising household costs, children having their Norwegian citizenship revoked and Norway being at the forefront of mobile fraud and more in today's roundup of important news. Pictured is Vigelandsparken, Oslo. Photo by Tommaso Curre on Unsplash

Household costs could rise by 38 percent by 2024 

Costs including clothing, car maintenance, food, personal care and general living expenses will increase by 16 percent by 2024, compared to prices seen in 2020, figures from analysis firm Samfunnsøkonomisk Analyse provided to broadcaster TV2 have revealed.

When taking into account property tax, municipal taxes, energy costs and insurance, housing costs will rise by 38 percent for a family on two incomes and with two children living in a home of 120 square metres.

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The rising costs are due to many Norwegian municipalities not carrying out maintenance work on electricity networks and water and sewage networks for several decades.

“There is a large backlog that must now be cleared. This means that these costs (household costs) will grow significantly more than consumer price inflation. Here there will be a real and clear cost increase for most people in most places,” Andreas Benedictow, chief economist at Samfunnsøkonomisk Analyse, told TV2.

Norway is at the forefront of telephone fraud in the Nordics

Norway is much more exposed to telephone fraud than the other Nordic countries, figures reported by NRK have revealed.

Telia blocked around 4 million fraudulent calls in Norway during January, almost twice as many as in Denmark and Sweden.

One scam call on the rise is called “wangiri”,- which means ring and cut in Japanese. This is the act of calling someone and hanging up before they answer and then charging high fees when people call back to follow up on the missed call.

44 Children have had Norwegian citizenship revoked since 2020 

The UDI has revoked the citizenship of 44 children in the last two years, according to figures obtained by broadcaster TV2.

As a general rule, children’s Norwegian citizenship will not be provoked due to incorrect information being provided by parents.

Despite this, the UDI has found reason to revoke the citizenship of 44 children.

“The UDI does not revoke the citizenship of “long-term” children, i.e. children who have a strong connection to Norway and live in Norway. In exceptional circumstances, we can evoke the citizenship of a child if a child does not have a strong connection to Norway,” Kjersti Tøseid, director of control at the UDI, told TV2.

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The Norwegian Organisation for Asylum Seekers (NOAS) has called the figures disturbing.

“These are alarming numbers. We are generally concerned that the children have to pay the price for parents making unwise choices,” Pål Nesse, secretary-general of NOAS, told TV2.

The UDI has said the children who have had their citizenship revoked are primarily small children who do not have a strong connection to Norway, children who have never or lived with Norway, or have relocated to another country with their parents.

According to TV2, 70 percent of the children deprived of citizenship had lived in Norway for more than five years when the decision was made.

329 patients in hospital with Covid-19 

As of Sunday, 329 patients in Norway were in hospital with Covid-19. That is 35 more than the day before. Of these patients, 42 were in intensive care, and 25 were on respirators.

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

Fatal traffic accidents, a Covid cash row and projects facing postponements are among the main stories from Norway on Monday. 

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

Several dead after traffic accidents

Four people died, and two were flown to hospital following an accident in the Steigen tunnel, Nordland, north Norway, on Sunday afternoon.

 Another two died in an accident in Voss earlier on Sunday. Four people involved in the collision were sent to hospital. 

“We are at full speed into the season where there are usually more fatal accidents than in other periods of the year,” Cecilie Bryner from Trygg Trafikk, which promotes safe driving, said to newswire NTB. 

37 people have lost their lives on Norwegian roads so far this year. Last year, 87 died in accidents. 

Deadline for agricultural settlement

The deadline for the state and agricultural sector to agree on subsidies and funding is today. 

The farmers demand 11.5 billion kroner from the government, while the state has only offered 10.15 billion. 

The two parties have remained tight-lipped on how close they are to a possible agreement or what’s being negotiated.

This year’s settlement is considered far more complicated than during a typical year. The agreement is supposed to cover farmers’ incomes for 2023 and cover the cost of soaring prices and inflation in 2022, agricultural paper Nationen writes. 

Norway’s municipalities in Covid cash row 

A row has erupted between the government and Norwegian municipalities as funding promised to help cover the bill for Covid to local authorities was not included in the revised national budget for 2022, public broadcaster NRK reports

Several municipalities have hit out at the government as a result. 

Norway’s Minister of Local Government, Sigbjørn Gjelsvik, defended the budget and said there wasn’t a cash flow problem in Norwegian municipalities and that things should “happen in the right order”. 

This opens the door for compensation to be agreed upon after a report on Covid expenditure is published in September. 

READ MORE: What the revised national budget in Norway means for foreigners

Road projects could be pushed back 

Transport Minister Jon-Ivar Nygård has said that less money will be spent on road construction next year and that large national projects could be put on hold or scaled back. 

“We will need to review our priorities because there will probably be less money than planned for transport,” Nygård told newspaper VG

The minister didn’t say which projects were most likely to be put on the backburner, but it was most likely those that were still in the planning and preparation stages.