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

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

Lofoten, northern Norway.
Read about the Omicron infections peaking, Oslo Municipality preparing for an influx of refugees and more in today's roundup of important. Pictured is Lofoten. Photo by Graham Pengelly on Unsplash

NIPH says Norway may have passed the peak of Omicron wave

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) has said that the current wave of Omicron infection has probably peaked.

“The NIPH believes that the peak of infection has been reached- both in terms of infection rates and inpatients. We have seen a declining curve in terms of infection rates for several weeks- first in Oslo and Viken, then later in other counties,” Frode Froland from the NIPH told news wire NTB. 

“There are many factors that indicate that the peak of infection is over, and now we also see it in the hospitalisation figures. The same applies to the figures for hospitalised people in intensive care, which are declining cautiously,” Forland added.

On Wednesday, 536 patients in Norwegian hospitals had tested positive for Covid-19, a decrease of 102 compared to the peak recorded last week. 

Oslo preparing to take up to 10,000 Ukrainian refugees

Oslo Municipality is preparing to accommodate up to 10,000 refugees fleeing war in Ukraine but will need to increase its capacity to process refugees fivefold in order to do so. 

The figures come from a document sent by the City Council Department for Upbringing and Knowledge to the Education Agency, which was obtained by Oslo based paper Avisa Oslo

READ MORE: How can people in Norway help Ukraine?

It is estimated that many of these refugees will be children and young people. 

The municipality said that it currently only had a capacity for around 2,000 refugees. 

DNB to buy Sbanken

Banking group DNB will acquire competitor Sbanken after the Competition Appeals Board gave DNB the greenlight to purchase Sbnaken. 

The Norwegian Competition Authority initially rejected the purchase. The Homeowners Association has said DNB acquiring Sbanken was a “bad day for the country’s consumers”. 

READ ALSO: What are the best banks for foreigners in Norway?

“This is a bad day for all the country’s consumers and everyone who wants the best possible competition,” the general secretary of the association, Morten Andreas Meyer, said on the Homeowner Association’s website

4,759 new Covid-19 cases 

On Wednesday, 4,759 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded, 3,125 fewer than the same day the week before, which indicates a declining infection trend. 

536 patients were in hospital with Covid-19, 42 fewer than the day before. Of those patients in hospital, 47 were in intensive care, and 24 were on ventilators.  

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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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