Norway to give students 1,500 kroner more in electricity support this year

Robin-Ivan Capar
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Norway to give students 1,500 kroner more in electricity support this year
Students in Norway are getting a one-off payment of 1,500 kroner. Photo by Eliott Reyna / Unsplash

The Norwegian government and the oppositional Socialist Left Party (SV) reached an agreement on several crisis support measures on Monday, including giving students 1,500 kroner extra this year due to increased electricity costs.


On Monday, the governing parties (the Labour and Centre parties) and the SV agreed to provide students with a one-off payment of 1,500 kroner - with the total cost amounting to 210 million kroner.

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"I am happy and proud that we have been able to get extra money for a group that has struggled with electricity bills all year. It was needed," SV's educational policy spokesperson Freddy André Øvstegård said, according to the news bureau NTB.

"In the winter months ahead of us, the electricity bills will be even higher, so I hope and believe this scheme will come in handy," Øvstegård added.


Student Organization welcomes support measure

In a phone call with The Local, the leader of the Norwegian Student Organisation (Norsk Studentorganisasjon - NSO), Maika Marie Godal Dam, said that the students welcome the support – especially ahead of the cold winter months.

"First of all, we are thankful that the government and the SV prioritized students this way. We know there are a lot of students who are preparing for a cold winter, and this will help them in the coming months.

"That said, we hope for the future we will see student funding get a real lift so that students don't need to depend on extraordinary support measures," Godal Dam noted.



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