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

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

Read about, A fourth Covid dose, record electricity prices, a oligarch's superyacht leaving Norway, and six out of ten children with an immigrant background live in persistent low income households. Pictured are powerlines. Photo by Single.Earth on Unsplash

Record month for electricity prices in southern Norway 

March has been the most expensive month for electricity in south Norway on record by some distance. Energy prices were 12 times higher than in the north. 

The monthly price in Norway was 187 øre per kilowatt-hour in all price areas in southern Norway. The price beats the previous record of 177 øre, which was recorded in December, according to figures from Europower.

Mediation deadline for the manufacturing industry

Today marks the deadline for mediation talks to find a compromise on the manufacturing industry’s wage settlement negotiations. 

On March 28th, the United Federation of Trade Unions (Fellesforbundet), trade union Parat and the Federation of Norwegian Industries (Norsk Industri) ended talks as they felt an agreement couldn’t be reached meaning the Ombudsman took charge of mediation. 

More than 28,000 employees could be taken out on strike if an agreement isn’t reached. 

Fourth Covid vaccine may be required

Assistant Director of health at the Norwegian Directorate of Health, Espen Nakstad, has said that a fourth day may be required in Norway. 

“The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) continually assesses whether there is a need for a fourth dose for the oldest and eventually also younger age groups. It is uncertain when this will happen, but the probability is that you will need a refresher dose in 2022 is probably quite large,” Nakstad told TV2

115,000 children grow up in persistent low-income households

In 2020, 115,000 children belonged to a household with a persistently low income. This is almost 12 percent of all children in Norway and is the same proportion as the year before. 

Statistics Norway have said that this is the highest level they have observed since they began monitoring. 

To be considered a household with ow income with persistent low income, the income must have been low over three years. 

As many as six out of ten children in low-income households have an immigrant background. 

Russian yacht has left Narvik

A Russian yacht, reportedly belonging to a Russian oligarch with ties to Putin, has left port in Narvik. 

The yacht had been in Narvik for a month and a half because Norwegian supplies refused to refuel it until very recently. 

The owner of the yacht is the Russian oligarch Vladimir Strzhalkovsky, a former KBG agent and friend of President Vladimir Putin.

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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.