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TODAY IN NORWAY

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. 

Lofoten, northern Norway.
Read about climate related insurance claims, the possibility of exams being axed, the government asking Moldova for a refugee list and more in today's roundup of important news. Pictured is Lofoten, northern Norway. Photo by Error 420 📷 on Unsplash

Risk of quick clay landslides in Norway “unacceptably high” 

The risk of landslides in Norway has reached an unacceptably high level, the Gjerdrum Committee has ruled. 

“All the danger related to quick clay landslides can not be eliminated, and there is a question of what level of risk society is willing to accept when it comes to such landslides,” the committee stated in a report published Monday. 

The first report was presented in September 2021. The committee was set up after ten people died in a landslide in Gjerdrum in 2020. 

A majority of the committee believes that Norway should have a “vision zero” approach to deaths related to landslides and that a national action plan is needed. The country has a zero vision plan for traffic deaths. 

Number of climate-related insurance claims rises

Over the last decade, climate-related damage has led to more than 28 billion kroner worth of compensation being paid out. Extreme rainfall accounts for almost half the money paid out, Finans Norge said. 

The firm which organises most of the country’s insurance companies will publish a full report later on Tuesday on the extent of natural disasters in Norway over the past ten years. 

READ ALSO: Authorities in Norway not prepared for the effects of climate change

Finans Norge has said that the number of weather-related claims is rising. 

Of the ten largest natural disasters since 1980, seven of them occurred after 2010. 

Could Norway scrap school exams for good? 

Exams could become a thing of the past for those in school after the Norwegian Directorate of Education said it wanted to look at several alternatives to exams.

“In the slightly longer term, the directorate will also try out alternatives to the current exam system,” Per Kristian Larsen-Evjen, department director for upper secondary education, told newspaper Aftenposten. 

The directorate will also look at how exams currently work in Norwegian schools. For the third year in a row, exams in Norway have been scrapped for those in the 10th grade and graduating students in high-schools. 

Norway requests refugee list from Moldova 

The Norwegian government will work quickly to bring Ukrainian refugees from Moldova to the country, Minister of Justice and Emergency Management Emilie Enger Mehl has said. 

“It is important for Norway that we move quickly to pick up refugees from Moldova through the initiative we are part of here,” Mehl said. 

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

“Norway has asked for a list of refugees we can take,” she added. 

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TODAY IN NORWAY

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.

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