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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. 

Bergen Harbour
Read about why cheaper electricity from Sweden could help bring down prices in Norway, the risk of avalanches, why Kindereggs are being pulled from Norwegian shelves and the number of refugees the UDI expects to receive this year in today's roundup of important news. Pictured is Bergen Harbour. Photo by Annika Ashley on Unsplash

Cheaper Swedish electricity could be sent to Norway in greater quantities

Sweden may be able to send more electricity to southern Norway due to a new calculation method, public broadcaster NRK reports.

Electricity prices have been lower in Sweden than in Norway recently, but Sweden chose to slow down electricity exports to Norway this winter to ensure prices don’t rise domestically. 

The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) has said that large quantities of power can be sent across the border again. The reason for this is Sweden has adopted a new calculation method. 

Director of power management for Entelios, Andreas Myhre, said that this could mean cheaper power in southern Norway.

“The more imports we get, the more we will be able to reduce prices in the local area around Oslo. Whether there are such large volumes that it has an impact is difficult to know,” Myhre told NRK. 

UDI expecting up to 60,000 Ukrainian refugees this year

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) has recommended the country’s authorities prepare for the arrival of 60,000 asylum seekers from Ukraine this year. 

The figure is a result of several scenarios the UDI has presented on the number of arrivals that could arrive in Norway this year. 

The estimates range between 20,000 and 120,000 refugees. However, the UDI has recommended that authorities use an estimate of 60,000 for planning purposes. 

As of April 5th, 9,819 refugees had registered in Norway. 

Kinder products pulled from market

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority has pulled Ferreros’s Kinderegg and other kinder products from the market. 

The withdrawal applies to Kinder Surprise, Kinder Mini Eggs, Kinder Surprise Maxi and Kinder Schokobons. The reason for this is a suspected connection between the products and an outbreak of salmonella in several countries, the food authority stated

Consumers who have recently purchased the products are encouraged to throw them away or return them to the store where they were purchased. 

Significant avalanche danger across the country

A significant danger of avalanches has been announced across large parts of the country. 

The warning comes following eight avalanches recorded in Møre og Romsdal, west Norway yesterday. One person has been left critically injured after being caught in one of the avalanches. 

Police and rescue services are asking people to stay away from avalanche terrain. In addition, an orange danger warning is in place across large parts of the country

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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.

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