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TODAY IN NORWAY

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.

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High electricity prices, International Women's Day and support for Ukraine are among Norway's news agenda on March 8th. Photo by Ferdinand Stöhr on Unsplash

Electricity prices hit record level 

A new record for electricity prices has been set in parts of southern Norway, broadcaster NRK reports.

Electricity costs 10 kroner per kilowatt hour as of 8am today in Oslo, Kristiansand and Bergen.

But the cost of electricity is expected to go higher still, NRK writes. Dry weather in Norway and high gas and oil prices internationally are contributors to this.

We’ll have more detail on this in an article on our website today.

Benefit concert for Ukraine raises over 60 million kroner

A fundraiser concert arranged by NRK raised in excess of 60 million kroner yesterday evening, according to the broadcaster.

The concert, which took place at the National Theatre in Oslo, was attended by Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre with several popular Norwegian artists taking part, including Sissel Kyrkjebø, Maria Mena, Trygve Skaug and Jarle Bernhoft.

Two International Women’s Day marches planned in Oslo

Norway’s traditional International Women’s Day march, organised by the March 8th committee, takes place today, leaving from the Youngstorget square in the centre of the capital. You can find more information about the day’s events here.

A second march arranged by interest organisations for polyamorous, sex workers and BDSM, is also planned in Oslo this year, left wing media Klassekampen reports.

Covid-19: 7,350 new cases on Monday

7,350 new cases of Covid-19 were registered by health authorities on Monday. The figure is 3,589 lower than the current seven-day average of 10,939 new cases daily.

It also compares favourably to the daily total from the previous Monday, when 10,394 new cases were registered.

73 of Norway’s 356 municipalities still have an increasing trend of transmissions, according to newspaper VG’s running monitor. The number of people in hospital who have Covid-19 is increasing, with 634 inpatients on Monday representing an increase of 79 compared to the previous day and 65 more than a week ago.

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TODAY IN NORWAY

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

Fatal traffic accidents, a Covid cash row and projects facing postponements are among the main stories from Norway on Monday. 

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

Several dead after traffic accidents

Four people died, and two were flown to hospital following an accident in the Steigen tunnel, Nordland, north Norway, on Sunday afternoon.

 Another two died in an accident in Voss earlier on Sunday. Four people involved in the collision were sent to hospital. 

“We are at full speed into the season where there are usually more fatal accidents than in other periods of the year,” Cecilie Bryner from Trygg Trafikk, which promotes safe driving, said to newswire NTB. 

37 people have lost their lives on Norwegian roads so far this year. Last year, 87 died in accidents. 

Deadline for agricultural settlement

The deadline for the state and agricultural sector to agree on subsidies and funding is today. 

The farmers demand 11.5 billion kroner from the government, while the state has only offered 10.15 billion. 

The two parties have remained tight-lipped on how close they are to a possible agreement or what’s being negotiated.

This year’s settlement is considered far more complicated than during a typical year. The agreement is supposed to cover farmers’ incomes for 2023 and cover the cost of soaring prices and inflation in 2022, agricultural paper Nationen writes. 

Norway’s municipalities in Covid cash row 

A row has erupted between the government and Norwegian municipalities as funding promised to help cover the bill for Covid to local authorities was not included in the revised national budget for 2022, public broadcaster NRK reports

Several municipalities have hit out at the government as a result. 

Norway’s Minister of Local Government, Sigbjørn Gjelsvik, defended the budget and said there wasn’t a cash flow problem in Norwegian municipalities and that things should “happen in the right order”. 

This opens the door for compensation to be agreed upon after a report on Covid expenditure is published in September. 

READ MORE: What the revised national budget in Norway means for foreigners

Road projects could be pushed back 

Transport Minister Jon-Ivar Nygård has said that less money will be spent on road construction next year and that large national projects could be put on hold or scaled back. 

“We will need to review our priorities because there will probably be less money than planned for transport,” Nygård told newspaper VG

The minister didn’t say which projects were most likely to be put on the backburner, but it was most likely those that were still in the planning and preparation stages.

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