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

Lower punishment for drug possession, a possible government worker strike, authorities contact tracing a potential monkeypox case and other news from Norway on Monday.

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Read about monkeypox, a potential strike on the cards and lower punishments for drug possession in today's roundup of important news. Pictured is a mountain range in Norway. Photo by Felix Rottmann on Unsplash.

Punishments for drug punishment reduced

Last week, Norway’s Attorney General presented new guidelines for how police should deal with drug possession cases, public broadcaster NRK writes

The Supreme Court advised that drug users should not be stopped, arrested, and searched on suspicion of personal use and that they should not be prosecuted for having quantities of drugs for recreational use. 

The new rules will apply to users in possession of up to five grams of heroin, amphetamine or cocaine. 

Those caught with quantities higher than this but less than ten grams should receive shortened sentences, too, the attorney general attorney said. 

Last year, the Conservative Solberg government presented a drug reform package, which was voted down in parliament. 

Oslo municipality contact tracing monkeypox infected who was in the capital

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) announced over the weekend that it received information that a person who visited the country between May 6th and May 10th has tested positive for monkeypox since returning to their country

The infected were said to have had symptoms during their stay but were only diagnosed after returning from Norway. 

Oslo Municipality is working with the NIPH to identify who could have potentially been exposed to infection. In addition, contact tracers are in touch with the health service in the person’s home country to establish where the infected had been during their trip to the country. 

Mediation for state and municipality workers

The ombudsman, unions and state and municipalities have until midnight to reach a wage settlement for the year

If parties do not reach an agreement, the wage settlement for 500,00 employees expires, and strikes could begin from early as Tuesday. 

One dead and three injured in fatal collision

One person has died, and three have been injured following a fatal car crash in Trøndaleg over the weekend. 

The accident was a frontal collision between two vehicles. Relatives have been notified of the death of a man in his 70s, newspaper VG reports.

There have been a number of fatal traffic accidents recently, with seven people dying in three crashes earlier this month. 

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

Norway's government denies Russian accusations, PST says more than one person may have been involved in Oslo shootings, flight cancellations and other headlines from Norway on Thursday.

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

PST lowers threat level but says more than one person may have been involved in Oslo shootings

Norway’s domestic intelligence and counter-terrorism service, PST, has said that more than one person may have been in the mass shootings in Oslo last week than the one person who has been arrested. 

“There are several people we consider to be involved in it,” Roger Berg, acting head of PST, told newswire NTB. 

“The investigation will reveal if more people were involved in the actual action on Saturday night. PST says that there may be several people in the network around him who may be important for future terrorist acts,” Berg added. 

PST also lowered the threat level to the second-highest level and said the threat situation is now less clear. 

Norway says it is not violating Svalbard treaty

Norway has said it hasn’t breached a century-old treaty covering the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard by blocking Russian cargo to the islands after Russia threatened retaliatory measures. 

“Norway does not violate the Svalbard Treaty,” foreign minister Anniken Huitfeldt told AFP.

“Norway does not try to put obstacles in the way of supplies” to a Russian coal mining settlement in the area, she said, after Russia’s foreign ministry said it had summoned Norway’s charge d’affaires over the issue.

Moscow accused Norway of disrupting the work of the Russian consulate general on Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Norway has sovereignty over Svalbard but allows citizens of more than 40 countries to exploit the islands’ potentially vast resources on an equal footing.

READ MORE: Moscow threatens reprisals after accusing Norway of blocking transit to Svalbard

21 flights cancelled on Thursday

A total of 21 flights were cancelled on Thursday- 16 from SAS and five from Widerøe, an overview from newspaper VG shows. 

16 flights from SAS and two from Widerøe were due to go abroad, while the other departures were domestic. 

The cancellations are primarily due to a shortage of employees and several staff being off sick. 

“In addition, we have received a number of sick notices. This means that we do not have the opportunity to complete the flights,” Tina Szczyrbak, press officer for SAS, said. 

READ MORE: What are your rights if flights are delayed or cancelled?

Norway to take fewer Ukrainian refugees from Moldova

The Norwegian government initially pledged to bring 2,500 Ukrainian refugees to the country but will now only take 500. 

“The scope of transfers so far means that the forecast and ambition are downgraded to 500 refugees. There has been lower interest in coming here than first thought,” Wenche Fone from the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) told newspaper Klassekampen.