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

The latest on the electricity crisis and why dangerous weather alerts don't always reach the right people, plus other news from Norway on Monday. 

Pictured is Lofoten in north Norway, famous for its mountain ranges and fishing villages.
Find out what's going on in Norway on Monday with The Local's roundup of Norway's news in English. Pictured is Lofoten in north Norway, famous for its mountain ranges and fishing villages. Photo by Secret Travel Guide on Unsplash

PM to meet parliamentary leaders 

Norwegian Prime Minister, Jonas Gahr Støre, will meet with the leaders of the other political parties in his office today to brief them on the electricity situation and explain how the government intends to deal with it. 

Pressure has been mounting on the PM for weeks due to record energy prices throughout the summer. 

Yesterday the PM announced the electricity subsidy scheme would be strengthened a month earlier so that 90 percent of the bill, which costs more than 70 øre per kWh, will be subsidised by the government. 

Tourists very rarely receive weather warnings 

Norway is a hotbed for tourists, with many coming in their droves to experience its stunning scenery. 

However, in the event of dangerous weather conditions, visitors are very rarely notified, public broadcaster NRK reports. 

“It is largely based on people having to follow along (with the situation) themselves,” the emergency manager at Vestland County, Håvard Stensvand, told the broadcaster. 

In the event of a yellow danger warning, there is a limit to how much local authorities can notify people by sending out text message alerts. 

“With the current arrangements, our experiences so far indicate that it is unfortunately not possible to reach everyone with this type of information,” Johan Marius Ly at the Directorate for Social Security and Preparedness (DSB) said. 

As a result, a new system will be put in place. 

Government pledges to increase electricity support sooner and mulls export restrictions.

Increased electricity support will take effect from September rather than October, meaning the government will pay 90 percent of consumers’ bills where they paid more than 70 øre per kWh for energy a month earlier. 

The government has also said it will limit foreign exports when the reservoirs are low to avoid other measures such as rationing. 

On Monday, the government will also decide whether to reconvene parliament early to address the situation. 

Freya the walrus on the move

On Sunday, a walrus that has captured worldwide attention after being spotted in several locations in Oslo this summer was on the move once again. 

The 600-kilogram walrus named Freya by locals was spotted at Vollen Marina in Asker pursuing a duck. 

Both professionals in the Directorate of Fisheries and the police have several times asked people to keep a good distance from the animal to avoid dangerous situations and stress for the animal.

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

Authorities haven't trained for an attack on gas pipelines and new energy tax to hit Oslo and Bergen hard, plus other news from Norway on Friday. 

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

Police and Norwegian Armed Forces haven’t trained for gas pipe attack

Several experts have pointed to Norwegian gas pipelines as a key target for potential saboteurs. However, the police and Armed Forces haven’t trained for a specific scenario in which they may be targeted. 

In June, the Norwegian Armed Forces and the police trained for terrorist attacks against Norwegian oil and gas installations. But emergency response director Tone Vangen in the Norwegian Police Directorate told Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten that they have not specifically trained for attacks on pipelines. 

Key vocab: gassrør- gas pipelines 

Some 90 arrests after a demonstration at the Iranian embassy in Oslo 

Police in Oslo say around 90 protestors were arrested when tempers flared outside the Iranian embassy yesterday. 

Oslo police district said each person detained would have their arrest assessed individually. 

Police initially apprehended between 30-40 demonstrators after rocks were thrown and a number of conditions for the protest were broken. 

“These people have broken a number of orders and have taken part in throwing stones and being aggressive towards the embassy,” Gjermund Stokkli, operations manager with Oslo police district, told Norwegian newswire NTB. 

Demonstrators were protesting the death of Mahsa Amini after the Islamic republic’s morality police arrested her.

Key vocab: Demonstrasjoner- demonstrations

New energy tax to hit Oslo and Bergen

Bergen and Oslo may lose out on income as a new energy tax will hit energy companies owned by the cities’ local authorities’ bottom lines. In turn, this may affect both cities’ municipal budgets. 

Eviny estimates that they will have to pay an extra 2.5 billion kroner in tax in 2022 due to the government’s proposal for a tax increase for farming companies and power companies, Bergensavisen reports. Bergen Municipality owns over a third of Eviny. 

Finance councillor Einar Wilhelmsen from Oslo City Council told the newspaper Avisa Oslo that the municipality could lose about one billion kroner from increased taxes to a municipality-owned energy firm. 

Strong Northern Lights forecast

This weekend the Northern Lights may be visible from everywhere from Tromsø in the north down to Oslo in the south-east. 

Several forecasting sights have said the KP index will be around five-six this weekend, public broadcaster NRK reports. 

Whether the Northern Lights are visible depends on the KP index, which ranges from 0–9. A value of 0 means low activity, while nine means that an intense geomagnetic solar storm is underway.

READ MORE: How to take the best pictures of the Northern Lights

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