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TODAY IN NORWAY

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. 

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Read about Zelensky thanking Norway, an uptick in air passengers, a Sami drum being returned and a new defence minister being appointed in today's roundup of important news. Pictured: Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelensky gestures as he attends a press conference with Austria's chancellor in Kyiv, on April 9, 2022. Photo by RONALDO SCHEMIDT / AFP

Zelensky thanks Norway for support 

On Monday, Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre spoke with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, who has thanked Norway for its support on Twitter

Norway’s PM said that the two spoke about the current military and political situation in Ukraine. 

“We reviewed the situation and what he is experiencing in the war. There is a build-up of Russian forces in the east and south. He also discussed how he saw the military and political situation,” Støre told news wire NTB. 

The pair previously spoke at the beginning of March, and then at the end of last month, Zelensky addressed Norway’s parliament

Støre also had an hour-long phone call with Vladimir Putin at the end of last month, where he urged the Russian President to end the invasion and allow humanitarian aid. 

New defence minister to be named 

A new defence minister will be unveiled on Tuesday, PM Jonas Gahr Støre has announced. 

The previous defence minister Odd Roger Enoksen resigned after it was revealed that he had an affair spanning years with a much younger woman

Enoksen started the affair in 2005 when his partner was still an 18-year-old high school student, according to daily VG.

Støre has not yet revealed who will take the post but has said that he is very satisfied with the person who will be appointed. 

Ceremony to mark the return of a rare Sami drum 

A ceremony will be held in Karasjok to mark the return of a rare Sami drum from the 17th century. 

The drum is being returned by Denmark, which previously kept in a museum. 

“The return helps us pass on our traditions and honour our ancestors. Until now, we have had to negotiate to get back objects from our cultural heritage, which for various reasons have ended up in museums around Norway, in the Nordic countries or as part of museum collections abroad,” Silje Karine Moutoka, Sami Parliament President, said in a statement.

Avinor reports 260 percent uptick in travellers in March 

Nearly 3.3 million passengers travelled to, from and via Avinor’s airports last month, an increase of 260 percent compared to the year before. 

The figure for last month is still down by just under 30 percent compared to pre-pandemic times. 

“Traffic continues to recover, and it is clear that the desire to travel in society is definitely present,” director of traffic development at Avinor, Gaute Skallerud Riise, said. 

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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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