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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. 

Trolltunga, Norway.
Read about Norway being deemed a "dangerous radical", Jonas Gahr Støre meeting his Swedish counterpart, and food price rises. Pictured is Trolltunga. Photo by Anastasiya Dalenka on Unsplash

PM Støre to meet Swedish counterpart 

Norwegian PM will Jonas Gahr Støre will meet his Swedish counterpart, Magdalena Andersson, in Stockholm today. 

The PM will also sit down with Swedish businesses. The war in Ukraine, security, defence, cooperation on business development, the green shift and the pandemic will be on the agenda. 

The meeting will come long after several attempts to sit down with Sweden’s PM dating back to last year. The trip was supposed to be Støre’s first trip abroad as Prime Minister of Norway but has been delayed three times for various reasons. 

Mediation talks go to overtime

Mediation talks aimed at halting a possible strike in the construction industry that could affect almost 1,000 firms have gone into overtime. 

The update that talks had gone to overtime came at 4:30. Broker Carl Petter Martinsen from the Ombudsman told newswire NTB that there had been progress on some issues, but there was still plenty to be agreed upon. 

Food prices could rise by five percent

Food prices could rise by between four to five percent this year, according to the Technical Calculation Committee. 

The committee has said that food prices will rise by three percentage points more than what it had initially estimated in February, business and financial media E24 reports. 

The price of wheat has skyrocketed due to the war in Ukraine, leading to significant uncertainty about how the cost of food will develop this year. 

READ MORE: How will the war in Ukraine impact the cost of living in Norway?

Oil-producing Norway dubbed a “dangerous radical” 

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has hit out at countries increasing fossil fuel production as ‘dangerous radicals’. 

The UN Secretary-General’s comments came as he launched a report urging the world to move rapidly towards greener energy. 

He said that climate change activists were sometimes depicted as radicals but said, “the truly dangerous radicals are the countries that are increasing the production of fossil fuels,”. 

READ ALSO: Norway urged to supply EU and Ukraine with more energy by Zelensky

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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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