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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. 

Norwegian PM Jonas Gahr Støre
Read about workers potentially being taken out on strike, failing faith in the Norwegian economy, large construction projects being put on hold and more in today's roundup Pictured: Norway's Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store addresses media representatives as he arrives ahead of an extraordinary NATO summit at NATO Headquarters in Brussels on March 24, 2022. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/ AFP.

Almost 30,000 could be taken out on strike

More than 28,000 employees could be taken out on strike later this week if an agreement can’t be struck between the United Federation of Trade Unions (Fellesforbundet), trade union Parat and the Federation of Norwegian Industries (Norsk Industri) by Friday.

From today the Ombudsman will take over for compulsory mediation after it became clear on Sunday that the parties looked unlikely to come to an agreement. The deadline for agreeing on a wage settlement is Friday night. 

Wage settlement negotiations take place in Norway every spring between unions and industry organisations. 

Final part of the Gjerdrum Committee’s landslide report due today 

The last part of the Gjerdrum Committee’s report will be presented to the Petroleum and Energy Minister, Terje Aasland, newswire NTB reports

The final part of the report will reveal who the committee believes should be held responsible for the landslide that took place just over a year ago. 

READ MORE: Major landslide hits Norwegian village

PM warns significant infrastructure projects could be put on hold

Large transport and construction projects could be axed or postponed as a result of the war in Ukraine, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said Sunday. 

“We have some large projects related to transport, transport plans, large buildings and facilities which require large investments. We will still have that, but this is the time to look at it honestly and openly,” Støre told regional paper Adressaavisen

“Both because the economy is such that we now have to make sure that it does not overheat, and because we know that we have to spend more money on emergency preparedness, defence and on receiving refugees, there are some other projects – planned things – that we maybe have to push on and maybe have to say we cannot take on (certain projects),” he added. 

Norwegians’ belief in the economy at historic low 

The Consumer Confidence Index has hit a historic low and is currently even lower than it was at the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, newspaper Dagbladet reports. 

The index is currently down 20 points, compared to the previous bottom of minus 13.3 recorded in April 2020. 

READ ALSO: How could rising interest rates affect Norway’s economy?

“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24th sent shock waves in all directions. The monthly survey of confidence and expectations of their own and the country’s economy shows a historically large fall in March,” Henrik Høidahl, head of politics and society at data collection firm opinion, told Dagbladet. 

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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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