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TODAY IN NORWAY

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.

Cabins in Geilo
Many will have travelled to cabins (pictured above) for vinterferie. Read about that, wood houses potentially violating housing regulations and the LGBT community reporting a lower quality of life compared to the rest of the population in today's roundup of important news. Photo by Håkon Sataøen on Unsplash

Avalanche warnings issued in several places

The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate has issued an orange danger warning for parts of Norway.

An orange warning means significant danger and has been issued in Trollheimen, Romsdal, Sunnmøre, Indre Fjordane, Voss and Hardanger.

There are also warnings of moderate danger in place for northwest areas of the country.

The Norwegian Meteorological Institute has recommended that anyone travelling to mountainous areas where a warning is in place have solid experience and knowledge in route selection and the ability to identify any potential dangers in avalanche terrain.

Study: LGBT people in Norway have a lower quality of life compared to the rest of the population

Those from LGBT groups in Norway report a lower subjective quality of life, figures from Statistics Norway have found.

The research from Statistics Norway has found that a higher proportion of the LGBT community is out of work, reports poorer living conditions, and has more financial problems than the rest of the population.

“We have seen this (LGBT community having a lower subjective quality of life) for a long time. It is a pity that it has not improved, but it is also not a surprise,” Jane-Victorius Bonsaksen from Skeiv Ungdom, the youth organisation of the Association for Gender and Sexual Diversity, told public broadcaster NRK.

The Association for Gender and Sexual Diversity said that exclusion could be one of the contributors to the survey’s findings. 

Wooden houses built after 2003 may not meet legal fire safety requirements

Wooden houses built after 2003 may be illegal and violate fire safety regulations, broadcaster TV2 reports.

The reason for this is a dispute over changes to how properties of exterior wood cladding should be classified. This led to royal impregnated wooden cladding no longer meeting requirements under building regulations.

Therefore, wooden houses that use royal impregnated wood cladding are potentially in violation of housing requirements.

The government has commissioned the Directorate of Building Quality to determine whether the current fire safety requirements are appropriate.

Vinterferie begins in parts of the country 

Today marks the first day of the winter holidays for parts of the country. Oslo, Adger, Møre og Romsdal, Vestfold og Telemark, Trøndaleg are some of the areas where the winter holiday is commencing.

Over the next two weeks, the rest of the country will begin winter break.

Many families will go on ski holidays or stay in their own or rented cabin during the winter holidays.

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TODAY IN NORWAY

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.

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