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TODAY IN NORWAY

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.

Trondheim, central Norway.
Read about UDI reception centres, the royal couple's Easter message, avalanche danger and Russian's using Kirkenes to travel in and out of their country. Pictured is Trondheim. Photo by Artem Shuba on Unsplash

UDI: New asylum seeker reception centre filled each day

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) is filling up one asylum centre each day, the directorate has said. 

Last week between 257 and 512 applications were registered by the UDI each day, newspaper VG reports. 

Each reception centre in Norway can house up to 200 to 300 refugees, meaning that a centre was filled more or less every day last week, according to Borghild Fløtre from the UDI. 

10,753 Ukrainians have applied for asylum in Norway since February, of which 4,702 applications have been approved. 

In recent weeks several reception centres in Norway have been under the spotlight for poor conditions, including mould, lack of internet, and lack of fridges and washing machines. 

Norwegian border town becomes travel options for Russians unable to travel due to sanctions

Russians are using Kirkenes to get in and out of their home country after sanctions have meant that flights between Russia and the west have stopped, newspaper VG reports. 

For Russians who want to travel in and out of their homeland, Kirkenes is just one of two remaining viable options. The other is Istanbul, Aleksander Kotelnikov, who runs a taxi company that transports people between Kirkenes and Murmansk, told VG. 

Local police have said that there are no entry restrictions for Russians with a Schengen visa, residence permit or border residence permit. 

READ ALSO: What you need to know about Norway’s border with Russia

Tourism firms urged to warn of avalanche danger 

Tourism firms and ski guides have been asked to warn tourists about the danger of avalanches by the Norwegian Red Cross, newswire NTB reports. 

The Red Cross has also created a leaflet with relevant information in Norwegian, English and French. 

The warnings come after four people have died in avalanches in recent weeks.

READ MORE: Three people dead after avalanche in northern Norway

 Prince Haakon: ‘Touched and proud of volunteers’ efforts in the crisis’ 

The crown prince’s family has thanked everyone who has done their bit to help the victims of the war in Ukraine in their Easter message. 

“We spend a special greeting to everyone, wondering if they can make a difference. You can. No one can do everything,” Crown Princess Metter-Marit said in a video on Instagram

The royal couple thanked everyone who volunteered either due to the war in Ukraine, the pandemic or for something else in recent years. 

 
 
 
 
 
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TODAY IN NORWAY

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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