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

The resettlement of Ukrainian refugees in Bergen, changes to BankID and restrictions on ordering passports are among the news stories from Norway on Friday.

Bergen from the top of Fløyen.
Read about Bergen settling low numbers of Ukrainian refugees, changes to BankID and passport restrictions in today's roundup of important news.

Bergen has yet to house any Ukrainian refugees

Bergen has yet to settle any of the 1,000 refugees it has agreed to house, newspaper Bergens Tidende writes

The city’s authorities have found around 600 homes to house refugees fleeing war in Ukraine. 

“We think it’s going to slow. Having as normal everyday life as possible is absolutely essential for the refugees. The settlement (of refugees) must take place faster,” Pål Nesse, head of the Norwegian Organisation for Asylum Seekers (NOAS), told the newspaper. 

Around 1,000 refugees are living in temporary reception hotels. 

Figures from the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) have revealed that only around 3 percent of the refugees from Ukraine in Norway have been resettled.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Oslo Municipality was critical of the speed at which the authorities were finding a place for refugees to settle. 

READ MORE: Why has Oslo taken in a low number of Ukrainian refugees?

Passport restrictions in place until summer to ease backlog

The Norwegian Police Directorate has introduced restrictions on the issuance of passports to try and reduce a growing backlog. 

People are being asked to order a national order card that allows them to travel in the EEA rather than a passport if they will only be travelling within the EU/EEA. The measures will be in place until July.

“There is a great demand for passports, therefore, we encourage everyone who is only going to travel within the EU / EEA countries and Switzerland to choose a national ID card with the right to travel. If you only need identification, this is a very good alternative,” Bjørn Vandvik from the Norwegian Police Directorate said in a statement

READ ALSO: Long queues for Norwegian passports and ID cards due to production issues

BankID on mobile to be phased out

New technology will see the current BankID on mobile system phased out, public broadcaster NRK reports. 

“BankID on mobile was a revolution when it came in 2009, but now people expect an even simpler BankID than they have today,” Jan Bjerverd, from BankID Bank Axept, told NRK. 

Moving forward, users will be able to use biometric login with their face or thumb. The new system will shorten the process of using the service from around 30 seconds to 10 seconds. The new service wasn’t likely to be ready until next year. 

Drought in southern Norway may lead to water-saving measures 

The Norwegian Energy and Water Directorate has warned that the drought in south Norway could affect the water supply, and water-saving restrictions could be implemented as a result

Little perception and high temperatures have led to low reservoir levels. This could have knock-on effects on power production, agriculture, and boat traffic. 

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

Why food will be more expensive from today, a key strike deadline and a heavy rain warning for east Norway are among the main stories from Norway on Friday.

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

Food to be more expensive from today 

The price of food in Norway will be “noticeably” higher from today, with the annual shopping bill for families expected to rise by a few thousand kroner from July 1st. 

The reason is that July 1st is one of two days each year when supermarkets raise prices for many different food products. 

Food will become expensive for several reasons. Firstly, as part of the agricultural settlement this year, farmers are allowed to charge more for their grain, meat and dairy products, and fruit and vegetables. 

Suppliers to supermarkets have also raised their prices, and it has become more expensive for food to be imported to Norway. 

“There is no doubt that there will be price increases, noticeable price increases,” Bård Gultvedt, director of business policy and government contact in Norgesgruppen, which owns Kiwi and Meny, said. 

Oslo shooting: Police appeal for video evidence

Oslo police, which is investigating the shooting in Oslo that left two dead and 21 injured last weekend, has appealed for the public to submit more video evidence if it has any. 

So far, Oslo police have received more than 70 tips from the public. They have also asked that video recordings from CCTV and the like from before the attack be stored for eight weeks rather than the typical seven days. 

“We are now working primarily with what we call the video project,” police attorney Børge Enoksen said at a press conference. 

READ ALSO: Norwegian police to remain armed with advice to postpone Pride events dropped

Mediation deadline for potential SAS pilot strike 

The extended mediation deadline for SAS and pilots working for the airline to reach an agreement and avoid a strike is midnight, July 2nd. 

If the two parties cannot agree, nearly 900 pilots will go on strike, with 400 being in Norway. 

A strike would lead to many of SAS’s flights from Norway over the weekend being cancelled. Previously, VG has reported that a strike would ground around 140 flights. 

READ ALSO: What a potential SAS pilot strike means for travellers in Norway

Heavy rain warning

A yellow danger warning is in place for heavy rain in Eastern Norway on Friday. 

“Heavy rain showers are expected in the eastern region. There are large local variations in intensity and quantity, and the weather can change quickly. The location of the precipitation is uncertain. Locally, the precipitation is expected to pass 15 millimetres per hour,” meteorologists forecasted.

Rain is also expected in north Norway. 

“Heavy rain can cause locally difficult driving conditions due to surface water and danger of aquaplaning. Adjust the speed according to the conditions and have a safe and good trip,” the State Highways Authority tweeted. 

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