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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 short roundup of important news. 

Trollstigen in Norway
Read about King Harald returning to royal duties, new rules for dog owners, Norway's flu season and more in today's roundup of important news. Pictured is Trollstigen. Photo by Secret Travel Guide on Unsplash

Press conference on Ukraine

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and Finance Minister Trygve Slagsvold Vedum will hold a press conference on the war in Ukraine and its consequences for Norway at 12pm. The government is expected to offer an update on the economic measures that will be implemented due to the war. 

Dogs need to be leashed from today 

From today, all dogs will need to be leashed, regardless of breed, until August 20th. 

The reason for the rule is that it’s breeding or birthing season for a lot of Norway’s wildlife, meaning they may be more vulnerable to being disrupted by dogs off the lead during this period. 

“It is easy to imagine that hunting dogs may be interested in seeking out to hunt birds and other game. But even small dogs have an inherent hunting instinct and can thus do great damage to, for example, bird nests that are at ground level,” the Norwegian Kennel Club has said. 

READ MORE: Everything that changes in Norway in April 2022

King Harald to return from Covid sick leave 

King Harald will return from sick leave and return to royal duties today, The Palace has informed public broadcaster NRK

King Harald had been on sick leave since March 22nd. At the time of his diagnosis, the country’s royal family said that the king had mild symptoms. 

Harald was the last of the Nordic royal heads of state to catch coronavirus. In early January, Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf, 75, and Queen Silvia, 78, both tested positive, followed by Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II, 81 in February.

READ MORE: Norway’s King Harald tests positive for Covid-19

Flu cases on the rise

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) has said the country is seeing an increase in flu cases after 1,180 people were diagnosed with it last week. 

“In recent weeks, there has been a weekly doubling in cases and the proportion of positive tests and an increase in hospital admissions with influenza. In week 12, it is considered that the outbreak in Norway is underway, as the proportion of positive flu tests exceeded 10 percent,” the NIPH said in its latest weekly report

Scooter companies get licence to operate in Oslo 

Rental firms Tier, Bolt and Voi, have been granted a licence to rent electric scooters in Oslo. The companies will rent 2,667 scooters each, business and financial paper DN reports

Last summer, Oslo Municipality brought in several measures to curb the number of scooter accidents in the city. Among them included a tighter cap on the number of e-scooters. 

The licence to operate is in place until the end of March next year. 

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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