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

Frazer Norwell
Frazer Norwell - [email protected] • 30 Sep, 2022 Updated Fri 30 Sep 2022 09:21 CEST
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Find out what's going on in Norway on Friday with The Local's short roundup of important news. Pictured is a row of apartments in Oslo. Photo by Hans Ott on Unsplash

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. 

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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. 

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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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