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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.

Reindeer in Troms og Finnmark
Read about what's happening in Norway on Monday with The Local's short roundup of important news. Pictured are reindeer in Toms og Finnamrk. Photo by Secret Travel Guide on Unsplash

Norway withdraws oil fund from Russia 

Norway will freeze the Government Pension Fund’s (oil fund) investments in Russia and has begun the process of withdrawing assets from the country over time, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre announced Sunday.

At the turn of the year, Norway invested 25 billion kroner into the Russian market. The government will send a letter to Norway’s central bank, Norges Bank, to immediately freeze all funds in Russia.

The decision to withdraw oil fund investments is a response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and is part of a string of sanctions imposed in response to the war in Ukraine.

Norwegian government is considering sending arms to Ukraine

The Norwegian government is considering sending weapons to Ukraine, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Einvind Vad Petersson told Public Broadcaster NRK.

On Sunday, the government decided to send military equipment but stopped short of providing weapons.

“There is definitely room for assessment. There were new meetings yesterday afternoon and evening. We will have meetings today. If we do this, we must do it thoroughly and properly. We will act quickly but will not rush,” Pettersson said.

“We must make sure that we have broad support,” the state secretary added.

Fears sanctions will affect Norwegian companies

Some Norwegian companies fear that economic sanctions against Russia will harm business.

Klimek, which is a shipyard in Kirkenes, northern Norway, gets a large amount of its turnover from Russian customers who fish in the Barents Sea.

READ ALSO: How Norway’s border with Russia could be affected by the invasion of Ukraine

“I am worried that sanctions will be initiated that affect people they were not meant to affect. There are two groups of people suffering from this conflict, including the Russians (who oppose the conflict). We must be careful not to blame them. The question is also what counter-sanctions are implemented from the Russian side,” Greger Mannsverk, director of Kimek, told newspaper VG.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all travel to Russia

Norway’s foreign ministry is advising against all travel to Russia. The ministry said that the situation in Russia is confusing and that the situation could deteriorate quickly.

Closed airspace over Europe is set to make it travel to and from the country, and the ministry says that several travellers have already been affected by the situation.

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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