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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 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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