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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.

Svingoll in Innlandet
Read about Norwegian PM Jonas Gahr Støre meeting his Danish counterpart, and rising fuel costs potentially leading to more expensive flight tickets in today's roundup. Pictured is the scenery in Svingoll. Photo by Ebba Thoresson on Unsplash

Norwegian paralympic great to hang up skis 

Norway’s Nils Erik Ulset is hanging up his skis and gun after two decades of paralympic success.

Ulset, 38, made his Paralympic debut in Salt Lake City in 2002 and has since netted 13 medals, including three gold competing in biathlon and cross-country skiing.

On Friday, he’ll race in his last event — biathlon — at the Beijing Winter Paralympics and is hoping to end his sporting career on the podium.

“I’m hoping to put together a really good race and have fun out there,” he told AFP in Zhangjiakou, outside the Chinese capital.

Ulset won’t be straying far from the competition sidelines — he will continue working as a para-sports consultant for Norway’s Olympic and Paralympic Committee.

“Sport has given me so much… now I can try to give back,” he said.

Norway’s prime minister visits Denmark 

Norwegian prime minister Jonas Gahr Støre is today in Copenhagen to meet with Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen.

The two government leaders are scheduled to meet over lunch before giving a press briefing. The war in Ukraine will be high on the agenda, with Norway having initiated major divestments of its Russian assets.

Last week, the Norwegian sovereign wealth fund, the world’s largest, estimated that its Russian assets had been reduced to a tenth of their value due to the war in Ukraine and sanctions imposed on Russia.

Airline tickets could be on the rise

Over the last week, aircraft fuel has risen by 33 percent, which could lead to more expensive airline tickets for passengers, NRK reports.

“We have not yet seen any significant change in pricing with the airlines, but I am sure that there will be an increase in the price during March or the beginning of April,” air industry analyst Jans Jørgen Elnæs form Winair told NRK.

Elnæs added that as some airlines operating in Norway do not have a fixed price agreement on fuel they will likely be forced to pass on the increased costs to consumers.

READ ALSO: Even higher costs predicted as Norway sets new record for electricity prices

“Fuel prices are perhaps 20-25 percent of the cost of an airline today. Now (due to rising prices) it goes up to between 30 and 40 percent. I find it difficult (to believe) that they have any other option than to charge higher prices if this situation continues,” he added.

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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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