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

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

Rjukan, Norway
Read about the bodies of four US marines killed in an aircraft crash in Norway being recovered, an earthquake in western Norway and more in today's roundup of important news. Pictured is Rjukan. Photo by Marek Piwnicki on Unsplash

North Sea earthquake felt throughout western Norway

On Monday morning at around 06:33am, an earthquake was registered in the North Sea between Stad and the Faroe Islands. 

According to the Norwegian National Seismic Network, the earthquake was measured at 4.4 on the magnitude scale

Earthquakes of such magnitude are rare in Norway and only occur every ten years or so in western parts of the country, Lars Ottemoller, professor of seismology at the University of Bergen, told local newspaper Bergens Tidende

Ottemoller added that earthquakes of such magnitude are not dangerous for those on land. 

Several residents in western Norway said they felt the quake this morning. 

“I was laying in bed asleep and noticed the glass was rattling, and it rumbled for a while. I thought it might have been a rockslide, but also then thought of an earthquake,” one resident in western Norway told public broadcaster NRK

Bodies of four US marines recovered after aircraft crash in Norway

The bodies of four US marines killed when their plane crashed during NATO exercises in Norway have been retrieved, Norway’s defence ministry said Sunday.

A Norwegian Sea King rescue helicopter found the bodies at the accident site south of Bodo in northern Norway, where their V-22B Osprey aircraft belonging to the US Marine Corps was reported missing on Friday evening.

READ MORE: Four Americans killed in US marine plane crash in Norway

The ministry said the bodies would be brought to Bodo prior to transportation to the United States.

It added the plane went down just south of Bodo during a training mission as part of Cold Response military exercises involving 30,000 troops from NATO and partner countries.

An investigation has been opened into the crash amid first indications the aircraft hit a mountain.

Russian superyacht allowed to refuel

A superyacht belonging to an oligarch linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin, which had been unable to leave a port in Narvik as local suppliers refused to refuel it, has been refuelled and will leave Norway on Tuesday. 

The Ragnar, owned by Russian oligarch Vladimir Strzhalkovsky, a former KGB agent who has long been linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been moored in Narvik for over a month. 

READ MORE: Russian oligarch’s superyacht stuck in Norway as no one will refuel it

Over the weekend, a provider from Alta agreed to deliver diesel to the vessel, NRK reports

Ukraine crisis: Norway has registered more than 3,000 asylum applications

Since February 25th, the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) has received 3,455 applications from Ukrainian refugees seeking asylum. Last week, 1,691 applications were registered. 

The Norwegian government said it is expecting as many as 35,000 refugees to arrive in Norway in 2022. The government has introduced several special rules for Ukrainian refugees, such as introducing 

The most significant of these measures is the introduction of temporary collective protection for Ukrainians.

READ MORE: What special rules have Norway put in place to help refugees from Ukraine?

Typically, each asylum application is assessed individually, based on the specifics of the applicant’s situation. However, collective protection grants asylum to an entire group of people, in this case, Ukrainians. The last time the government did this was in the 1990s for those fleeing from Kosovo.

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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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