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Norwegian parliament closes sauna to cut spending

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Norwegian parliament closes sauna to cut spending
The Norwegian parliament is introducing several power-saving measures. Photo by HUUM / Unsplash

The ongoing price and energy crises have battered Norwegian households all over the country, and Norway's political class is determined to show that it shares the fate of the people. Its latest sacrifice? The parliament is closing the sauna.


On Friday, the Norwegian parliament (Storting) announced several new measures aimed at saving electricity.

It's closing the sauna, the indoor temperature is being lowered, and additional heaters in parliamentary offices are being removed.

"Europe is in the middle of a severe energy crisis, and the Storting wants to contribute to the power-saving efforts.

"That is why we are implementing a number of immediate measures that will help cut electricity consumption with immediate effect," Storting President Masud Gharahkhani told the newspaper VG.

The temperature in the parliament's buildings will be lowered from 20-22 degrees to 19-20 degrees.


Furthermore, the new measures include ramping up the practice of turning off lights, ventilation, and heating in areas that are not in use and reducing outdoor lighting.

"We will continue to work on several long-term energy-saving measures, which can potentially have an even greater effect, such as more insulation and better ventilation systems. In addition, we will consider the installation of solar panels," Gharahkhani said.


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