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

How farmers' demands will affect food prices, Telia customers being exposed to fraud and a universal solution to electric car charging are among the main stories from Norway on Tuesday.

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Read about farmers' demands, electric car charging and more in today's roundup of important news. Pictured is Trollstigen. Photo by Secret Travel Guide on Unsplash

Telia customers exposed to scam

Telia customers in Norway have been exposed to a flubot scam, public broadcaster NRK reports

Flubot is a sophisticated malware that involves sending victims an SMS, which often says that the recipient has received a package or a video of them circulating online. 

The message normally has a link attached, which is a link to the malware. Telia had blocked around 50 to 70 numbers that had sent out the malware. 

Farmers ask the state to pick up the majority of bill for the agricultural settlement

Farmers in Norway have asked the state for 11.5 billion in the agricultural settlement. Typically, the money for the settlement can only be raised by asking the state for the funds or by increasing the price they sell food for. 

Farmers have proposed taking most of the money from the state, with only 15 percent of the proposed funding coming from price increases, NRK reports

Farming in Norway is heavily subsided. 

READ MORE: Why food in Norway is so expensive

Under the proposal, a litre of skimmed milk would increase in price by 40 øre to 16.90 kroner, according to the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomics.

Cheese would become 4 kroner more expensive, while the cost of flour would be around 1.40 kroner per kilo. 

Government to look at universal charging solution

Norway, where half of all new cars sold are electric, will look into making charging easier by adopting a universal solution, Transport Minister Jon-Ivar Nygård has told newspaper VG

Currently, you cannot use one universal payment method, app or card to pay for all fast chargers in Norway. 

The Norwegian Automobile Federation (NAF) and the Consumer Council have said that charging EVs is too complicated. 

“It looks like it is necessary,” Nygård said of a standard payment method for charging to VG. 

The transport minister added that a solution wouldn’t be introduced until next year at the earliest. This autumn, the government will present a new strategy for electric car charging. 

Solid results for Norsk Hydro

Norsk Hydro has announced strong profits for the first quarter of 2022. The renewables and aluminium firm made an operating profit of 11.2 billion kroner in the year’s first four months. 

Rising aluminium prices boosted the company’s coffers. As a result, the first-quarter profits are more than double those of the same period last year. 

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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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