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Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday

New rules for electric scooters, nuclear power and the spring sunshine are among the main news stories from Norway on Tuesday. 

E-scooters in Oslo.
Read about nuclear power, good weather and new scooter rules in today's roundup of important news. Pictured is Oslo. Photo by Tarik on Unsplash

Expert: Nuclear power is not a realistic option for Norway

The chief of Norway’s last nuclear reactor, which was shut down in 2019, has said that the energy source wasn’t a viable option for the country. 

“We do not have the expertise, people, legislation, or industry needed to build commercial nuclear power in Norway now,” Ole Reistad, former chief at Kjeller and current department head at the Department of Energy Technology (IFE), told technology publication Teknisk Ukeblad

The debate surrounding nuclear power has arisen due to the war in Ukraine, and many countries wondering how they would wean themselves off Russian oil and gas. 

The Conservative Party, currently in opposition, said it would look at what it would take to get Nuclear power up and running in Norway. 

New age limit for e-scooters to be adopted

The government has agreed to tighten the rules for electric scooters by introducing an age limit. As a result, children under 12 will not be able to use the scooters under the new regulations which come into force this spring. 

The Minister of Transport, Jon-Ivar Nygård, has said that the new rule is aimed at reducing accidents among children. 

“We understand that it feels stupid for them not to be able to ride the electric scooter they have bought. But the use of electric scooters has proven to be more dangerous than we previously thought, and therefore children must wait to use them until they are old enough,” Nygård told newspaper Aftenposten. 

The government was also considering tightening the rules further by banning them from being driven on the pavement and ensuring e-scooter users follow traffic rules and signs. This would also potentially see the age limit raised again to 16. 

Good weather set to continue

The long Easter weekend was marked by good weather in Norway, which forecasters expect to continue well into the week. 

“It’s time for great weather this week. Southern Norway, in particular, seems to have the best weather,” Martin Granerød told newspaper VG

Some parts of southern Norway can expect temperatures approaching 20c, while northern Norway can expect between 13-14c. 

The good weather is expected to continue until Friday at least. 

Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions wants better pension schemes

The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) will debate pension schemes at its annual congress in May. 

Figures from Finans Norge have shown that just under a quarter of all workers in Norway get the minimum rate for pension earnings, newspaper Klassekampen has reported. 

“It is important that we get a debate at the congress that sees the whole of the pension system and what you are left with,” Jan Olav Andersen of the Electricity and IT Association told Klassekampen. 

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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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