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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.

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Read about record bicycle thefts, border shopping returning to pre-pandemic levels and Norway's reaction to the situation in Ukraine in today's roundup of important news.

Border shopping skyrocketing after pandemic dip

Norwegians are returning to Sweden in their droves for cheaper groceries with the number of cross border shoppers approaching pre-pandemic levels, public broadcaster NRK reports.

Figures from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration show that traffic at Norway’s busiest border station Svinesund is approaching pre-pandemic levels.

READ MORE: Is the return of cross-border shopping in Norway really a good thing?

Last weekend there were 34,000 border crossings registered, around 5,000 less compared to the same weekend in 2019.

People in Norway choose to travel to Sweden to shop due to the lower prices and larger selection available.

Støre doesn’t think sanctions will deter Putin

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre has said that he thinks Vladimir Putin is fully aware that Russia will face sanctions over the ongoing situation in Ukraine but that this will be unlikely to deter him.

“No, I do not think that it’s as easy as that. It seems Putin has a big project that he has prepared for a long time with the mobilisation of military forces,” he told public broadcaster NRK’s show political quarter.

READ MORE: Norway to back EU sanctions on Russia

The PM, however, emphasised that the sanctions were important to send a message.

Record number of bike thefts

This winter has seen a record number of bike thefts in Norway, according to figures obtained by NRK.

This winter, insurance companies have reported record payouts for bike thefts and an unusually high number of thefts of expensive and electric bicycles being stolen.

Oslo and Bergen have seen the highest number of bike thefts in Norway.

The police have said that most stolen bikes are taken out of the country and sold elsewhere on the black market.

Foreign minister: Norway will still try and cooperate with Russia over northern regions 

While Norway will join the EU in imposing sanctions against Russia, the country will try and maintain cooperation with the government over the northern regions.

Norway and Russia share a border in what’s referred to as the High North.

“Nevertheless, it is important to cooperate with our neighbouring country,” Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt told public broadcaster NRK.

Norway has several agreements with Russia, such as a bilateral fishing agreement and one on helping one another search for missing persons in the Barents Sea.

“Our task is to be clear on violations of international law and clear when we describe Russian aggression. But we want to take care of things in the High North,” the foreign minister said.

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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

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