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

A new law for dog owners, higher pension payments and Crown Prince Haakon embarking on an expedition are among the main stories from Norway on Thursday. 

Pictured is a yorkshire terrier atop a mountain.
Read about a new law for dog owners, an expedition to Greenland and more in today's roundup of important news. Pictured is a Yorkshire terrier atop a mountain. Photo by Darya Tryfanava on Unsplash

New law for dog owners 

Next week a new law that puts stricter requirements on dog owners will be put into place in Norway, public broadcaster NRK reports. 

The proposal was agreed upon on Wednesday and will likely be finalised in parliament on May 24th, NRK writes. The legislature changes will mean dog owners will be required to prevent dogs from being put in situations where they can harm or damage people, property, and things. 

Owners will also be required to have the necessary competence and knowledge of the dog’s needs, breed and natural instincts and ensure the dog is adequately trained. 

Kongsberg trial continues 

The trial of Espen Andersen Brathen, who has pleaded guilty to having stabbed five people to death and having fired arrows at others in an attack in Kongsberg last year, will continue today. 

The prosecution and the defence argued that he could not be held criminally responsible and advocated a psychiatric commitment rather than a prison sentence.

According to the prosecution, Brathen was armed with a bow, 60 arrows and four knives on the day of the attacks. His victims were four women and one man aged from 52 to 78.

READ MORE: Dane pleads guilty to killing five in knife attack in Norway

Crown Prince Haakon in Greenland expedition

The Norwegian Crown Prince, Haakon, Norwegian skier Vegard Ulvang and several researchers will take part in an expedition to Greenland, which begins Thursday. 

The trip will see the party travel east to west across Greenland. The first part of the expedition will take three weeks, and the group will travel on skis using wind kites, newswire NTB reports. 

The second leg of the trip will see the group use kayaks along the coast, but the Crown Prince will not participate in this part of the expedition. 

The purpose of the trip is to gain knowledge and insight into Arctic nature, undertake research and learn about polar history. 

Pension settlement agreed

The annual state pension in Norway will increase by 4.12 percent on an annual basis, the Ministry of Labour and Social Inclusion announced Wednesday.

For those with the lowest state pension, this corresponds to an increase of around 600 kroner per month. 

Several pension associations and pressure groups have said the increase isn’t enough. In contrast, the government have said the settlement is in line with parliament’s decision to ensure pensions are regulated in line with wage growth. 

READ ALSO: Can you claim your Norwegian pension from another country?

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

Norway's Prime Minister reacts to the shooting in Denmark, and will there finally be an outcome to the SAS mediation talks today? This, and other news from Norway on Monday.

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

PM on Copenhagen shooting: ‘Tragic news’

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre took to Twitter last night to express his sadness at Sunday’s mass shooting in a shopping centre in Denmark. 

“Dramatic and tragic news from Copenhagen tonight. My thoughts go to the victims and their relatives, and to the aid crews who are currently working to save lives and secure the population,” the PM tweeted. 

Three people were killed, and three more were critically injured in the shooting at a shopping centre in Copenhagen. A 22-year-old Dane has been arrested. 

The PM also expressed his sympathies for what happened in Denmark to newswire NTB. 

“Tonight, we express sympathy and compassion with Denmark and Copenhagen, who are experiencing dramatic hours. Many in Norway will recognise the insecurity that follows from such news after the shooting in Oslo on the night of June 25th,” Støre said. 

SAS mediation talks continue in hope of averting a pilots’ strike

Discussions on an agreement between airline SAS and its pilots will resume on Monday morning from 8am. 

If an agreement isn’t reached by the deadline of midday, 900 pilots will be taken out on strike. However, the deadline has been postponed several times since June 29th, allowing talks to continue. 

“We are still far apart. Do not think there will be an agreement tonight,” Marianne Hernæs, chief negotiator for SAS, told business news outlet E24

The leader of Norway’s SAS pilots’ union said progress was being made, however. 

“We are working at a good pace, so there is at least progression and will on both sides. However, this does not mean that you agree on everything. There are still many points that require a solution,” Jan Levi Skogvang, leader of the pilots’ union, told newswire NTB. 

READ MORE: SAS and pilots resume negotiations on new agreement

11-year-old boy dead in fire

An 11-year-old boy died in a fire at a home in Sandefjord on Sunday night. 

“It is deeply tragic what has happened, and our thoughts go to family and friends who have lost a loved one,” Bjørn Ole Gledtisch, mayor of Sandefjord, said in a statement

The police said they were currently unsure what started the fire. 

One in four Norwegians are sceptical about the cause of climate change

A recent survey has found that Norwegians may be among the most dubious about the cause of climate change among other Europeans, public broadcaster NRK reports

“It is startling that Norway stands out as the country with the most climate sceptics,” professor Cathrine Holst and postdoctoral fellow Tørbjorn Gundersen, who both worked on the study, said.  

Over 12,000 people participated in the study in Norway, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Germany and the UK. In Norway, 61 percent said climate change was manmade, while 15 percent said they weren’t sure, while 24 percent did not believe human activity affected the climate. 

This 24 percent would correspond to 1.3 million climate sceptics in Norway if it represented the population as a whole. 

READ ALSO: Authorities in Norway not prepared for the effects of climate change

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