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

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Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Monday 
Find out what's going on in Norway on Monday with The Local's short roundup of important news. Pictured is a mountain range in Norway. Photo by Barnabas Davoti on Unsplash

Norway to have the cheapest energy in Europe and Oslo to slash the price of a monthly transport ticket, plus other news on Monday. 

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Oslo to cut the price of monthly ticket

Between November 16th November and December 16th, the price of a monthly public transport ticket in Oslo will be slashed by 40 percent. During this period, a monthly ticket will cost 499 kroner rather than the usual 814 kroner. 

Student tickets will cost 299, while monthly passes for young people and the elderly will be 249 kroner during this period. 

The reduced tickets are part of a scheme from Oslo City Council to get more people onto public transport in the capital. However, the offer only applies to zone 1, and tickets must be brought through the Ruter app, not the Ruter Billet app. 

READ ALSO: Oslo postpones the introduction of discounted transport ticket

Norway to have the cheapest energy in Europe

An energy surplus means that Norway will have the lowest energy prices across Europe on Monday, Europower writes. 

Mild weather means fewer people are turning the heating on, and increased rainfall and hydro production from rivers have contributed to Norway producing more energy than it needs. 

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In southern Norway, energy prices will average 54 øre per kilowatt hour, while further north, power will cost 18.8 øre per kilowatt hour. These prices are without fees, service charges and taxes. 

Across Europe, energy prices will be around 1.50 kroner per kilowatt hour. 

Kindergarten strike escalates

The unions Fagforbundet and the Education Association will take 500 more private kindergarten staff on strike Monday. In total, some 3,600 kindergarten staff are on strike in Norway. 

The dispute primarily concerns a pensions dispute, with unions accusing the employer organisation for the sector, the National Association of Private Kindergartens (PBL), of neglecting its pension responsibilities.

On Tuesday, the employer organisation and unions will meet for compulsory mediation talks to try and find a solution to the industrial action. 

Murder suspect arrested after search 

A man in his 30s has been arrested and charged with the murder of a man in his 40s in Stavanger, western Norway. 

The arrest was made in the early hours of Monday morning following a large police operation to apprehend the suspect. 

“I can say that a major police operation has been carried out against an address in Stavanger on the night of Monday and that the operation is related to the murder case from Saturday evening,” Victor Fenne-Jensen from the south west police district told the newspaper Stavanger Aftenbladet.

Police had been trying to arrest the man since Saturday. A woman was also arrested.

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