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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. 

Bodø , northern Norway.
Read about potential strikes, an avalanche, rising construction prices and a shortage of GPs in Norway in today's roundup of important news. Pictured is a scenic cabin in Bodø. Photo by Secret Travel Guide on Unsplash

Three dug out of an avalanche

Three people were dug out of an avalanche in northern Norway on Sunday, with one being taken to hospital. 

The three caught in the avalanche were out ski touring, where skiers climb an off-piste mountain and ski down and were part of a group of eight. 

The condition of the skier sent to hospital is not yet known, newspaper VG has reported. 

Two possible strikes this week

As many as 16,200 construction workers could be taken out on strike on Tuesday, followed by another industry strike on Friday if terms on wage settlement are not agreed upon during the mediation. 

On Sunday, mediation broke down between the United Federation of Trade Unions (Fellesforbundet) and the Federation of Norwegian Construction Industries (Byggenæringens Landsforbund). 

Any potential strikes could affect as many as 960 companies. However, mediators remain hopeful. 

“ I am always optimistic, but then the parties themselves must be interested in finding a solution. I perceive that they are,” Carl Petter Martinsen from the Ombudsman told newswire NTB. 

Price jump on building materials 

The price of building materials in Norway is rising due to increasing energy and transport costs, business and financial site E24 reports. 

Customers can expect to pay around 20 percent more, Aslaug Koksvik, director of the building materials sector at Virke, told the site. 

“The price changes are happening quickly due to the energy crisis, the war and the general uncertainty. In addition, there is great competition among firms,” she said. 

Price rises at this time of year are common. On April 1st and October 1st, firms can raise their prices. 

Health chief concerned about GP system

Recruitment problems mean that more than 150,000 are without a GP in Norway, a new report from the Norwegian Directorate of Health has found. 

“I am worried about this, and the concern has increased in the last couple of years. So it is important that we manage to prioritise this high enough in the health service today,” Bjorn Guldvog, director of health at the health directorate, told broadcaster TV2

The latest quarterly report from the Norwegian Directorate of Health said the current action plan for the GP system in Norway is not good enough to solve the challenges the fastelege system faces. 

“There is a need for further immediate measures with immediate effect and strengthened efforts also in the longer term,” the report stated. 

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TODAY IN NORWAY

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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