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

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

a lake and mountain top in Norway.
Read about the government wanting to make it easier for foreign residents to get national ID cards, rising house prices and the reaction to the latest developments in Ukraine. Pictured is a mountaintop lake. Photo by Anastasiya Dalenka on Unsplash

Government freezes research and education cooperation with Russia

The government have announced that they are freezing all cooperation agreements between Norwegian and Russian educational institutions.

“The responsibility for the serious situation in Europe lies with the Russian government, and the attack on Ukraine must also have consequences for research and education cooperation. Therefore, we suspend all dialogue with the Russian authorities. As a general rule, all institutional agreements between Norwegian and Russian research and educational institutions must be put on hold,” Minister of Research and Higher Education Ola Bortern Moe said in a statement.

READ ALSO: How Norway could be impacted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

“At the same time, we want the sanctions to be directed as far as possible at the Russian authorities and not at civil society. Academia can be an important counterweight to the authorities in Russia as well. That is why we give Norwegian universities, colleges and research institutes a small opening to continue collaboration that there is a professional basis for it,” he added.

The government wants to allow foreigners to obtain a national ID card

The Norwegian government has said that it wants to make it possible for foreigners to obtain Norwegian ID cards.

“Many foreign citizens residing in Norway need an ID certificate that documents their Norwegian fødelsnummer (birth/identity number) or d-number, in the National Population Register. With a national ID card, they will easily and safely be able to identify themselves on a daily basis,” Erik Idsøe, state secretary in the justice ministry, said in a statement.

The scheme will apply to foreign nationals who have a residence permit or right of residence in Norway for more than three months.

The justice ministry has sent the proposed changes for consultation in parliament. The deadline for the consultation is June 3rd.

House prices rose in February 

The price of a home in Norway rose by 1.3 percent in February, Real Estate Norway (Eindom Norge) announced.

Over the last year, house prices in Norway have risen by 6.3 percent.

 Home prices continued to rise sharply in February. Much of the price increase can be explained by the weak supply side,” CEO of Real Estate Norway Henning Lauridsen said.

READ ALSO: Where can you buy a house in Norway for less than 3 million kroner?

The CEO added that there had been a short supply of homes entering the market so far this year.

The average price for a home in Norway at the end of February was 4,344,759 kroner, and it took an average of 38 days to sell a home.

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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