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

Government investment in offshore wind, SAS cutting flights and the Office of the Auditor General focusing on green issues are among the main stories from Norway today. 

Lofoten, Norway
Read about investment in offshore wind, the Office of the Auditor General focusing on green issues and whether or not russ busses should be scrapped. Pictured is Lofoten. Photo by Peter Oboňa on Unsplash

Government announces heavy investment in offshore wind 

The Norwegian government announced a large scale investment in offshore wind at a press conference on Wednesday morning. 

It said that it hoped that by 2040 there would be capacity for 30,000 MW of offshore wind production. This would be almost double the energy produced by wind in Norway currently. 

The development of offshore wind would also see new power cables built to supply Europe with Energy. 

“With this ambition, we go from the two offshore wind turbines that are in operation today to about 1,500 offshore wind turbines. The construction will take place over the next 20 years,” Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said at a press conference. 

SAS cancels 4,000 flights this summer

Airline SAS has cancelled 4,000 flights scheduled between May and September. 

“These are changes we make throughout the program, and it is important to emphasise that this applies to 4,000 of approximately 75,000 flights in the same period. Most passengers will not notice in any other way that they are booked over to other flights on the same day,” press officer for SAS, John Eckhoff, told ABC News.

The reason for the cancellations are troubles with staffing, and the delay of several new aircraft being delivered, Swedish outlet Dagens Industri reports.  

Office of the Auditor General to focus on green issues 

The Office of the Auditor General (Riksrevisjonen) will focus its sights on the climate as a key issue for the agency. 

The agency is responsible for auditing the governemnt and parliament and assessing how efficiently it is performing. 

“The Storting (Norway’s parliament) is quite clear that the climate challenge is the biggest challenge of our time. Then we must also have it as our main focus, otherwise, we are neither relevant nor follow our assignment from the Storting,” Karl-Eirik Schhøtt-Pedersen told newspaper VG

Schjøtt Pedersen also announced several reports on whether the Norwegian state was well equipped to meet parliament’s climate goals for 2030. 

“Our task is not to assess whether the Storting sets the right goals, but to see if the administration can implement the Storting’s goals,” Schjøtt-Pedersen said. 

Bullying ombudsman says russ busses too exclusive

The ombudsman for bullying in Viken county believes that russ buses should be more regulated due to their exclusive nature. 

“We receive many inquiries from parents, young people and schools about the consequences of the Russ celebration and how it mercilessly affects young people’s everyday lives,” head of the bullying ombudsman in Viken, Bodil J. Houg, told Drammens Tidende

The ombud said that russ celebrations affected pupils’ everyday school life so much that something needed to be done, and has made a list of ten points with suggestions for improvement. 

The list uniforms being axed, moving the celebrations until after exams and making the rules for busses tighter. 

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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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