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

A car crashing into a crowd, a strike being averted, and the potential return of the sugar tax are among the main news stories from Norway on Monday. 

Narvik's bridge.
Read about a car crash that has left six injured, the potential return of the sugar tax and more in today's roundup of important news. Pictured is Narvik. Photo by Artem Shuba on Unsplash

At least six injured after car drives into crowd

A car drove into a crowd at an Oslo motor show on Sunday, injuring at least six people who were rushed to hospital, among them children, police said. 

Police said the number of injuries might be higher as others may have made their way to the hospital independently. 

The accident happened at a motor show held in a car park outside a horse racing track. The cause of the accident is not yet known. 

Video footage showed a car reversing at high speed when the driver appeared to lose control, causing the vehicle to swerve into the crowd. 

Police told reporters that the injuries were serious for at least one of the injured. 

Majority in favour of sending more weapons to Ukraine 

82 percent of Norwegians have said that they are in favour of sending more military equipment, a survey conducted by Norstat has revealed. 

Almost two-thirds said that they believe that Norway had given too little military equipment to Ukraine in the past. 

“That the whole of Norway is now united in the demand for more weapons to Ukraine is an important signal to our politicians that help must now be stepped up,” Jørn Sund-Henriksen, from the Norwegian-Ukrainian Friends Association, told newswire NTB. 

Organisations pushing for the return of the sugar tax 

As part of the government’s public health report, several organisations have said that they want to see the return of the sugar tax, newspaper Aftenposten reports. 

The taxes on chocolate, sugar products, and non-alcoholic beverages were removed last year, with the tax only being retained on sugar itself rather than products containing it. 

The National Association for Public Health, the National Association for Heart and Lung Disease, the Cancer Society, the Diabetes Associations and the Dental Association, and the Consumer Council want the tax reintroduced for food. 

Hotel strike averted

Hotel staff in Norway will not strike after an agreement was reached on Sunday to increase salaries and improve working conditions for those in hotels, restaurants and catering. 

The agreement was struck between the United Federation of Trade Unions (Fellesforbundet) and the Norwegian Hospitality Association (NHO Reiseliv) on salaries and conditions for employees in hotels, restaurants and catering. 

A total of 1,250 staff would’ve been taken out on strike if an agreement wasn’t reached. 

READ MORE: Salary increase averts hotel staff strikes in Norway

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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.