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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. 

Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday 
Read about the Ukrainian president speaking to Norway's parliament, SAS pilots potentially going on strike, the PM saying no to a fuel tax cut and more in today's roundup. File Photo: An MD-82 aircraft from the Scandinavian airline SAS. Photo by: Janerik Henriksson / Scanpix Sweden/ AFP.

PM says no to fuel tax cut 

Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre has said no to a potential cut on fuel tax in Norway amid fluctuating prices. 

Due to the war in Ukraine, petrol and diesel prices in Norway have fluctuated between 26 and 18 kroner over the last few weeks. However, Støre said the government was unlikely to cut fuel tax as it had already put a large amount of focus and effort into reducing people’s energy bills, which made up a more significant proportion of household spending. 

“I understand that it is an increase (in costs), especially for those who work in the transport industry and those who drive far, which is a burden. But if you look at the average load for most families, it is a much lower share of the household budget than, for example, electricity. Therefore, we have chosen to implement the support measures in those areas,” Støre told newspaper VG

SAS pilots could strike

Pilots for airline SAS have broken off wage negotiations with the airline and could go on strike, business and financial publication E24 reports.

On Tuesday, the pilot associations in Norway, Denmark and Sweden broke off negotiations on wages with SAS. The current collective agreement expires on March 31st. 

The breakdown in talks comes almost three years after pilots last went on strike and shortly after the airline announced a crisis plan in February to cut costs. 

Zelensky to address Norway’s parliament 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will speak to Norway’s parliament via video link. 

Prior to Zelensky, only three foreign leaders have ever given talks in the Storting. 

In recent weeks, the Ukrainian president has given speeches to representatives in several western countries, including Sweden, Denmark, Germany and the United States.  

Issues with passports and ID cards 

Thales, the company which produces Norwegian passports and ID cards, has been summoned by the government as it is struggling to meet production targets. 

The issues are being caused by a shortage of raw materials and an increased error rate. This means long waiting times for those who have sent off for a new passport. 

The UK wants to beef up its military presence in the Arctic

The UK Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace, has said the UK would increase its presence in the Arctic by having a Marine strike group “permanently active” in the Arctic. 

Wallace’s Norwegian counterpart Odd Roger Enoksen said that his country, as a member of NATO but also a neighbour of Russia, “wants more allied activity up North”.

He further noted, “The UK is our most important ally in Europe.”

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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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