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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. 

A snow covered cabin.
Read about interest rate hikes, a breakdown in wage settlement negotiations for the construction industry and the first Ukrainian patients arriving in Norway for treatment. Pictured is a cabin covered in snow. Photo by Rune Haugseng on Unsplash

Interest rate rise coming this week

Experts expect that the key interest rate in Norway will be raised from 0.5 percent to 0.75 percent this Thursday. 

Norway’s central bank, Norges Bank, is responsible for raising the key interest rate. As many as four interest rates are expected this year. 

“The starting point is that the interest rate is very low. It is much lower than the normal level for Norges Bank, which means that monetary policy is very expansionary,” Kyrre Aamdal, senior economist at DNB, told news wire NTB. 

First Ukrainian patients arrive in Norway 

The first Ukrainian patients to arrive from neighbouring countries around Ukraine arrived in Norway on Monday. 

“It is a small consolation to be able to help in this terrible situation. I am happy that the first patients are coming to Norway today, and I am confident that they will receive the best possible treatment in Norway. I send them my warmest thoughts,” Minister of Health Ingvild Kjerkol told NTB. 

Last week, the government said it aimed to bring 2,500 Ukrainian refugees from Moldova to Norway. In addition, the government announced that it would also bring 550 patients requiring medical care to Norway and their close family members. 

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

Wage settlement talks for construction industry break down

A disagreement over minimum wage and the use of piecework has led to a breakdown in talks in the wage settlement for the construction industry. 

The talks between the Norwegian Construction Industry Association and Fellesforbundet will now be handled by an ombudsman (Riksmekleren)

READ ALSO: What foreign residents in Norway should know about workers’ unions

The talks between the industry organisation and trade union broke down after only two days of negotiation. 

3,760 new Covid cases and 480 in hospital 

On Monday, 3,760 new Covid-19 cases were registered by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. 

1,637 fewer cases were registered on Monday than on the same day a week prior, indicating a declining infection trend. 

There were 480 patients in Norwegian hospitals on Monday, ten less than the day before. 54 of those patients were in intensive care, and 20 were on ventilators. 

Over the last seven days, an average of 3,706 infections have been registered per day. The same average a week before was 5,941. 

More than 1.3 million have tested positive for Covid-19 in Norway. 

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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