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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. 

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Read about the latest on Ukrainian refugees and refugee centres, immigration statistics and what airlines think of an expansion to Oslo Gardermoen in today's roundup of important news. pictured is a house in rural Norway. Photo by robin mikalsen on Unsplash

Justice ministry to put profit cap on private refugee centres

The majority of emergency accommodation for Ukrainian refugees is provided by private companies, and Norway’s Minister of Justice has said the government will put a cap on their earnings. 

The justice minister, Emilie Enger Mehl, did not say how much private companies running accommodation for refugees will have their profits limited by. 

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

However, Mehl added that it was natural that private firms should expect to earn something for providing emergency accommodation on behalf of the public sector. 

She noted that without private companies, the state would struggle to offer suitable capacity for the influx of refugees it is expecting. 

Immigration into Norway increased in 2021

Norway registered a growth in net immigration in 2021 following a decline the year prior triggered by the pandemic, figures from Statistics Norway have revealed. 

Last year, 54,000 people immigrated to Norway, while 34,000 emigrated. Despite there being travel restrictions in place for much of the year, the figures for 2021 are similar to 2018. 

READ MORE: How many people move to Norway for family reasons, and where do they come from?

58 municipalities registered a positive net immigration, compared to 41 the year before. Immigration has helped to prevent declining populations in a number of areas across the country. 

LO and NHO say that up to 20,000 Ukrainians could find work in Norway relatively quickly

The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) and Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) say they expect Ukrainian refugees to be welcomed into Norway’s workforce and that as many as 20,000 could find work quickly. 

“It is good for the refugees to get to work. It is good for the children to get out of school and kindergarten. And it is good for employers to get help,” NHO chief Ole Erik Almlid told newspaper Aftenposten.

Head of LO Peggy Hessen Følsvik said that it is essential to ensure that Ukrainians are not exploited on the basis of their situation.

“We must ensure that they enter a safe working life and are not exploited,” she said. 

Airline says there’s no need for runway expansion at Oslo Gardermoen

Airline SAS has said that there is no need for a third runway at Oslo Gardermoen. 

“As for the question of a third runway at Gardermoen, we do not see a need for this today,” SAS’s director of public relations, Knut Morten Johansen, told Dagavisen.

Johansen added that any significant infrastructure changes at airports in the future should take electric aircraft into account. 

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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.