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

Norway sends weapons to Ukraine, high energy prices and electric cars are among the main news stories on Wednesday.  

Pictured is Svalbard.
Pictured above is Svalbard where Norwegian tourism firms are being accused of an illegal boycott by the Russian Embassy. Norway sending weapons to Ukraine, high electricity prices and electric cars are also featured in todays roundup. Photo by Janik Rohland on Unsplash

Norway sends air defence weapons to Ukraine

Norway has sent 100 Mistral anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine, the country’s defence minister announced on Wednesday. 

“(The) Mistral air defence system is an effective weapon that has been used by the Navy, and which will be of great benefit to Ukraine,” Bjørn Arild Gram, minister of defence, said in a statement

Norway’s armed forces had previously planned on phasing out the missiles. The country’s defensive preparedness wouldn’t be compromised by sending the missiles to Ukraine, the ministry said. 

Gram said that despite the army’s plan to phase them out before their donation, they remain a modern and effective weapon. 

The country has previously sent 4,000 M72 anti-tank weapons and protective equipment such as vests and helmets to Ukraine. 

High electricity prices predicted this summer 

The price of electricity is expected to reach seasonal record highs this summer, according to experts. 

“It is expected to be the highest you have ever seen. A price between 1.5 and 2 kroner per kWh is expected in southern Norway- without taxes- this summer,” Tor Reirer Lilleholt, energy analyst, told newspaper VG

Lilleholt added that bills would still go down overall as consumption would be lower than during the winter. 

Norwegian tourism firms accused of an illegal boycott on Svalbard by Russia

Due to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, Norwegian tourism operators have decided to stop buying services from Russian state-owned travel firms. 

The move away from state-backed firms has angered the Russian embassy in Oslo, which has called the decision an illegal boycott. 

The move to avoid Russian companies comes after the Svalbard Tourism Council recommended its members stop using services offered by firms backed or owned by the Russian state. 

The decision to boycott was made by private firms and with no input from the Norwegian state. 

The Chairman of the Svalbard Tourism Council has said that the move wasn’t a boycott and that members were free to do what they wanted. 

“It is an invitation to our members. We can do that without any problems. It is up to the members and their value compass to decide if they want to do it,” Ronny Strømnesm, chairman of the board, told newswire NTB. 

500,000 electric cars on Norwegian roads 

The number of electric cars on the roads in Norway has surpassed half a million, the Norwegian Electric Car Association has said. 

The Nissan Leaf was the most common electric car, followed by the Volkswagen e-Golf and Tesla Model 3. 

The association said the figures were an indication that the push toward electric cars in Norway had been a success. 

READ MORE: What you need to know about owning an electric car in Norway

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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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