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TODAY IN NORWAY

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. 

A cabin in Bodø
Pictured is a cabin in Bodø. Photo by Secret Travel Guide on Unsplash

Reports of poor conditions at refugee centre

Ukrainian refugees at Hvalsmoen refugee centre in Hønefoss have raised concerns about poor conditions at the centre, public broadcaster NRK reports. 

Among the issues at the centre that NRK is reporting are mould, poor staffing, little food and a lack of health care. 

There are around 200 refugees at the centre. Hero Norway runs the centre. 

Regional Manager of Hero Norway Bente L Dalåker told NRK that the conditions were acceptable based on the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration’s standards. 

Municipal chief doctor Karin Møller has said that Ringerike Municipality isn’t satisfied with the conditions. 

Easter migration begins

Up to 1.2 million Norwegians are expected to leave the country’s big towns and cities and head to cabins in the mountains as Påkseferie officially begins when schools break up on Friday, newswire NTB reports. 

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration said that queues and lots of traffic were expected and that pre-pandemic levels of people hitting the road were likely. 

Those leaving the country for warmer weather can also expect long queues as more than 85,000 passengers are expected at Oslo Gardermoen airport, a post-pandemic record. In addition, 20,000 and 17,000 people are expected at airports in Bergen and Trondheim. 

High amounts of flu for the time of year reported 

Flu cases in Norway are increasing and are high for the time of year, the Norwegian Public Institute of Public Health has told regional paper Bergen Avisen

Flu cases have been doubling every week for the past few weeks, with the increase continuing last week but not as sharply

“It is difficult to say how the development in the coming weeks will be. However, there are a number of things that suggest that the spread of infection will decrease. Among other things, Easter with holidays and that spring is on its way. This makes it harder for viruses to spread,” Trine Hessevik Paulsen from the NIPH told Bergen Avisen. 

“On the other hand, there is increased travel activity and more contact between people than in recent years, which can lead to increased proliferation,” she added. 

Norway to adopt zero vision for deaths at sea

Norway will adopt a zero-vision approach for deaths at sea if a parliamentary proposal gets the go-ahead. 

Norway already has a zero-vision approach to traffic deaths. So far this year, five people have died in commercial fishing accidents. 

The proposal is expected to receive the support of all of Norway’s parties in the Storting. The proposal will cover all industries at sea, not just fishing. 

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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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