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

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

Norwegian country roads.
Read about the latest reaction to the war in Ukraine, a key deadline for local authorities and next year's flu season in today's roundup of important news. Pictured are Norwegian country roads. Photo by Anastasiya Dalenka on Unsplash

Norway to send arms to Ukraine

Norway will send 2,000 M72 anti-tank weapons to Ukraine to help support it. The weapons will be sent as soon as they are prepared.

The weapons are being sent in addition to protective vests and helmets.

“The government has this afternoon decided that Norway will offer Ukraine arms support to defend the land against the military aggression from Russia. We are thus on the same line as close allies and the other Nordic countries. Norway has a restrictive practice for the export of military equipment, but Ukraine is now in an extraordinary situation,” Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said Monday.

In Norway, there has been a ban on exporting weapons to countries on the brink of or already at war since 1959.

Deadline for counties to apply for dissolution 

Today is the last day that Norway’s counties can apply to the government to be dissolved.

Viken, Norway’s largest county, Troms og Finnmark and Vestfold og Telemark have all voted to dissolve, while Innlandet has decided to remain as is.

The government has given counties, which were only formed a few years ago, the option to dissolve into their smaller, historic forms in a bid to try and decentralize services.

READ MORE: What changes about life in Norway in March

Flu season to return in full next year

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) has said a major flu epidemic in Norway this year is unlikely, but a typical flu season should be expected next year.

One challenge for next year’s flu season will be developing an effective vaccine due to there being so little infection over the past two years.

“It will be challenging to select the flu virus strains that will be included in the vaccine this autumn. When there is so little infection in society, it becomes more difficult to make a qualified guess about which viruses will dominate and spread and thus which strains should be selected for the vaccine,” Kristin Greve Isdahl Mohn from Haukeland University Hospital told media outlet ABC Nyheter.

Threat picture in Norway remains unchanged in light of the invasion of Ukraine

Threat levels in Norway remain unchanged; however, the country’s security service PST and the police are setting up a group to monitor the current situation, Justice Minister Emilie Enger Mehl announced Monday.

The group will provide an ongoing assessment of current events so that the government can assess the situation accordingly.

The current threat level, last updated on February 11th, will not be raised. The previous assessment refers to Russia as a threat factor when it comes to cybercrime.

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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