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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 Norway working hard to increase its capacity for refugees, increased fines for using your phone at the wheel and more in today's roundup of important news. Pictured is Henningsvær. Photo by Error 420 📷 on Unsplash

Norway working hard to increase capacity for refugees 

Norway’s Minister of Justice Emilie Enger Mehl and the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration director, Frode Forfang, have said that Norway can receive up to 1,000 refugees with a day’s notice and is working to increase this capacity further.

“Norway is prepared to take responsibility and provide protection to people on the run. We have been working the last few days intensely. As of now, we do not know how big the arrival will be, but it can change quickly,” Mehl told newspaper VG.

READ ALSO: How can people in Norway help Ukraine?

“Norway will assist countries that request it. We are prepared for an increase, and there may also be refugees who come on their own,” she added.

If it (an influx of refugees) came tomorrow, we would manage 1,000 (arrivals) without doing anything extraordinary. But we are in the process of building up and expanding the capacity, and we are now preparing a much larger capacity than we have at the moment,” Frode Forfang, director of the UDI, told VG.

The UN has said that around 660,000 people have fled Ukraine over the last week. 

Fines for being caught using your mobile while driving go up

The cost of a fine for being caught using your mobile has been increased from 5,000 kroner to 7,450 kroner and three points on your licence.

The penalty rate for being caught on your phone has now been increased for the second time in just over a year. At the beginning of 2021, the fine was increased from 1,700 to 5,000 kroner plus three points.

If you accumulate more than eight points in three years, your licence will be taken away for six months.

Gross national income increases

The country’s gross national income has increased by 788 billion, an increase of 22.2 percent, figures from Statistics Norway have revealed.

The strong growth was due to a rise in the price of oil and gas.

Russian vodka removed from Norwegian duty-frees

Travel Retail Norway, which operates duty-free stores in several airports, has removed Russian produced goods from its shelves.

According to the firm, five types of vodka have been removed as a result.

The country’s state-owned wine monopoly also opened the door to pulling Russian products from its shelves if it was recommended to do so by the authorities.

“If there is a recommendation not to sell Russian products, we will, of course, stop such sales,” communications director Halvor Bing Lorentzen said in a press release.

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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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