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

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

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Read about Stoltenberg extending his term with NATO by the year, waffle day and Norway being asked to provide more military equipment to Ukraine. Pictured: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (L) speaks with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen as they pose for a G7 leaders' family photo during a NATO summit at the alliance's headquarters in Brussels on March 24, 2022. Photo by Henry Nicholls / Pool / AFP

Stoltenberg to continue as Secretary General of NATO 

Jens Stoltenberg has agreed to stay on with NATO in his current role for an extra year, which means he will be resigning from his post as head of Norges Bank, which he was due to take up later this year. 

The decision to extend Stoltenberg’s term was taken at an urgent summit in NATO on Thursday. 

“I have agreed to continue as Secretary General of NATO. We are facing a fateful time for European security. I am grateful for the trust that NATO’s heads of state and government have shown me, and I will devote all my attention to leading the alliance through this demanding time,” Stoltenberg said. 

Ida Wolden Bache will take over as the governor of Norges Bank, Norway’s central bank. Bache has been serving as interim governor since last year. 

Stoltenberg’s appointment to the top post at Norges Bank was hotly debated in Norway and led to accusations of political nepotism due to Stoltenberg’s close links to current PM Jonas Gahr Støre.

Every sixth car sold in Norway is electric

65 percent of all passenger cars registered in Norway last year were electric cars, and now more than 16 percent of all cars in the country are Electric. 

READ MORE: What you need to know about owning an electric car in Norway

The number of passenger cars in Norway increased by 2.5 percent, compared to a sharp 35.5 percent rise in the number of electric cars. 

Norway asked to provide more military equipment to Ukraine

Norway has been asked to provide more military equipment to Ukraine. So far, it has equipped the country with 2,000 anti-tank weapons. 

“Together with other NATO countries, we have received a large number of inquiries about this. The government assess this on an ongoing basis,” Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre told public broadcaster NRK

At the end of last month, Norway lifted a historic ban on exporting weapons to countries at war or on the brink of war to send missiles to Ukraine. 

The country has also sent vests and helmets to Ukraine. 

Waffle day

It might be time to dust off the waffle press and stock up on brown cheese if you haven’t already because today marks waffle day in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. 

The day is celebrated on March 25th because that is the day when the Virgin Mary received the message from archangel Gabriel that she should give birth to baby Jesus. 

The tradition hails from Sweden originally. 

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TODAY IN NORWAY

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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