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

An employment dispute cancels more than 100 flights and an LGBT solidarity event at Oslo Town Hall are among the news headlines in Norway on Monday.

Pictured is a makeshift memorial in Oslo Norway.
A lockout cancelling flights and an LGBT solidarity event are among today's headlines. Pictured: A makeshift memorial with rainbow flags is pictured at a crime scene following a shooting on Saturday. Photo by Olivier Morin / AFP.

Norway pays tribute to victims of Oslo shooting

The altar of Oslo cathedral was draped in a rainbow cloth for a service to remember the victims of the attack, attended by Crown Princess Mette-Marit on Sunday.

Investigators are probing the motives of the suspected gunman, who opened fire in the early hours of Saturday, killing two and wounding 21.

“Oslo is in mourning. The whole country has been shaken by this attack,” the Norwegian Protestant Church said, 

“The shooting … put an end to the Pride march,” said a somber Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store. “But it has not put an end to the fight to end discrimination, prejudice and hate.”

Police quickly arrested the suspect, whom they described as a 42-year-old Norwegian man of Iranian descent known to the nation’s security services. Norwegian media named him as Zaniar Matapour.

Domestic intelligence service PST said it was treating the attack as “an act of Islamist terrorism”.

More than 100 flights on Monday cancelled as managment lockout continues 

An employment dispute which has led to a management lockout led to just under 200 flights being cancelled on Sunday and a further 100 departures on Monday being grounded, newspaper VG reports. 

Midnight Sunday, the conflict between the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) and the Norwegian Aircraft Technician Organisation escalated when a lockout came into effect, which effectively prevents aircraft technicians across the country, including those not on strike going to work.

Cathrina Solli, communications manager for Widerøe, which has cancelled more than 100 flights since the lockout began, said that the airline was trying its best but that more flights may be cancelled. 

“We try as best we can to carry out flights between routes such as Bergen and Tromsø, but also international flights,” Solli told VG. 

“As long as there is action and no solution, there will be more (cancellations), so it remains to be seen how many,” She added. 

Affected passengers should contact the airline they are supposed to be travelling with directly. 

READ ALSO: Lockout for aircraft technicians announced unless wage agreement can be reached

LGTB solidarity event at Oslo Town Hall on Monday night

A large solidarity event will be held at Rådhusplassen, or Oslo Town Hall, on Monday night after Saturday’s mass shooting. 

From 7:30pm, there will be musical performances and speeches at the event, public broadcaster NRK reports. 

On Saturday night, two people were killed and 21 injured shootings at three locations, including the London Pub gay club in Oslo’s packed nightlife district.

Police and organisers cancelled the city’s main Pride event following the shooting. 

“The event at Rådhusplassen takes place because the LGBT movement needs to gather and to show that we stand together after the tragic events on Saturday night,” Oslo Pride wrote in a press release. 

READ ALSO: Norway pays tribute to victims of Oslo shooting

Cancer patients may not receive medication due to air strike

Ongoing issues with air travel due to a strike and lockout of air technicians could make it harder for cancer medicines to make their way to patients. 

Radiopharmaceuticals, medicines with a radioactive component, are used to diagnose and treat cancer patients. However, they have a short shelf life, so are often transported by air. 

“Vital diagnoses and treatment are in danger,” Erik Flatmark, director of IFE Radiofarmasi, which transports and imports radiopharmaceuticals, told public broadcaster NRK

“We are completely dependent on a stable situation on air transport,” he added. 

The medicines are generally transported by car, but in the north, planes are used as the distances are so great the drugs may not arrive in time. 

IFE uses the SAS-owned company Trust Forwarding to transport the medicines. The company has applied to be exempt from the current lockout but has yet to hear back. 

Two dead after a traffic accident

Two people have been confirmed dead after an accident at Brandvollkrysset in Bardu municipality, north Norway. Two others have been taken to hospital following the accident. 

Those taken to hospital are not thought to have suffered life-threatening injuries. A third person was taken to a doctor’s office for treatment. 

A van and two cars collided in the accident, Rune Nilsen, operations manager for Troms police district, told newswire NTB. 

Nilsen told NRK that all those involved in the accident were Norwegian. 

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

King Harald leaves hospital, the odds of power rationing this winter, a teacher strike when the kids return to school, and other news from Norway on Tuesday. 

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

King Harald leaves hospital

Norway’s King Harald was discharged from hospital last night after he was admitted for an infection last week, the Royal Palace said. 

The 85-year-old was said to be in good health after leaving the hospital, where he received antibiotics. 

Harald, whose duties are mostly symbolic, has suffered from a number of health problems recently, including Covid, knee surgery in 2021 and respiratory problems the year before.

The king also underwent surgery in 2003 for bladder cancer, then another operation in 2005 for heart valve problems, a valve which was replaced in another operation in 2020.

Chances of power rationing are lower than at the beginning of summer 

The likelihood of power rationing being brought in before next spring is now lower than it was at the beginning of the summer, Oil and Energy Minister Terje Aasland has said. 

Low reservoir filling levels and a European energy market crisis led to an increased chance of power rationing in Norway. However, this risk has now decreased. 

“The situation now is better than at the start of the summer,” Aasland told business and financial site E24.

Aasland said power producers had followed the government’s request to try and stop reservoirs from being too depleted.

Teachers’ strike to escalate

The Norwegian Education Association has announced an escalation of the teachers’ strike starting when kids return to school. 

“We have made a plan. I cannot reveal where, when and how many people will be affected by a strike. But it is only natural to imagine that an escalation will take place in connection with the start of school,” Steffen Handal, head of the Norwegian Education Association, told public broadcaster NRK.

Teachers decided to strike following the wage negotiation for the public sector in Norway. Teachers felt as if they had gotten the raw end of the deal during the last few collective bargaining agreements. 

While the overall package was accepted by the trade union representing the public sector, teachers decided to strike. 

The employer organisation for the public sector, KS, said that the money teachers want had been “used up”. 

One in three think it is safe to cycle in Oslo

The number of people who believe that Oslo is a safe city to cycle in has increased, but less than a third feel it is safe to cycle. 

This figure had increased massively from 2014 when just nine percent of people said it was safe to use a bike in Oslo. 

It is obviously an improvement, but it was a rather deplorable starting point. Much remains to be done before Oslo is a real cycling city. The goal is that cycling should be experienced as safe for everyone, whether you are eight or eighty years old, says Environment and Transport Councilor Sirin Stav (MDG) in Oslo to Aftenposten.