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

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

Skiers on a tour.
Read about Norway's reaction to Russia's attack on Ukraine, a Labour minister pledging to back tax owed on commuter housing and Norway's population growth in today's roundup of important news. Pictured are skiers on a tour. Photo by Hendrik Morkel on Unsplash

Norway condemns Russian attacks on Ukraine

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre has said that Norway strongly condemns Russia’s military attack on Ukraine.

“This attack is a serious violation of international law and endangers the lives of innocent people. The Russian authorities have full responsibility for throwing Europe into this very dark situation. Russia must immediately stop its military actions and respect Ukraine’s sovereignty,” the Norwegian PM said in a statement to news wire NTB.

The PM said the country stood with the people of Ukraine.

Hadia Tajik will pay back-tax on commuter housing

Minister of Labour and Social inclusion Hadia Tajik will pay back the tax she owes for receiving free commuter housing between 2006-2010 but denied that she had evaded tax.

The Labour deputy leader applied for free commuter housing, which she was told she would have to pay tax on because she had no other housing expenses before submitting new information that made her exempt, newspaper VG reports.

The minister claimed that she had housing expenses while living at her parent’s home, but she has been unable to document this.

On Wednesday, she said she would voluntarily pay back any tax owed between 2006 and 2010.

“It is important to me that people feel that they can trust me, and my values. So when I can not document the expenses I had in 2006, then it is my own responsibility,” Tajik said in an email to VG.

Norway evacuates diplomats to Lviv

Norway has temporarily moved its diplomats in Ukraine from Kyiv to Lviv in western Ukraine.

“The embassy will operate from Lviv but has very limited capacity to assist Norwegian citizens in Ukraine,” Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt said in a statement.

The embassy will not be open to the public but will be contactable by phone and email until further notice.

The Foreign Minister also advised all Norwegian citizens to leave Ukraine

“I urge all Norwegian citizens who are still in Ukraine to leave the country. We have been in contact with those who have registered on or in the app Reiseklar to remind them about the travel advice,” Huitfeldt said.

Norway passes 5.4 million inhabitants

Norway’s population has passed 5.4 million inhabitants, a population increase of 33,900 compared to the year before. The population grew in all parts of the country apart from the north.

Net immigration was higher than the birth surplus last year, which has happened every year since 2005.

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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