Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday
A new Norwegian study shows vaccines struggle to prevent long Covid, falling levels of trust in Norwegian politicians and other news from Norway on Wednesday.
Norwegian study: Vaccines struggle to stop long-term COVID
According to the newspaper Aftenposten, a new Norwegian study states that corona vaccines are "fantastically effective" against severe illness and hospitalisation, which many other studies have also shown.
However, regarding long-term Covid, the findings state that vaccines do not offer robust protection.
"Vaccines protect very poorly against long Covid. It's actually very surprising. There is some protection, but it is not much," doctor and researcher Arne Søraas at Oslo University Hospital said.
Trust in politicians in Norway is falling
More than four out of ten Norwegians have little or no confidence that politicians can handle the issues that worry them the most, a new survey shows.
With support from LO Stat, the independent centre for foreign and security policy (Utsyn) has produced a report on trust and preparedness in Norwegian society.
During the work on the report, which will be presented on Wednesday, Norstat conducted a survey with 1,001 respondents.
One of the questions asked in the survey was to what extent people have "trust that the politicians will handle the issue(s) that worry you most today".
Some 17 percent answered that they have "no confidence" in this, while 28 percent answered that they have "little confidence."
Foreign militaries to train in Norwegian waters
In the coming weeks, naval vessels and air units from several countries will train in maritime warfare in Norwegian waters. The training area stretches from Agder to Troms.
Increasing presence at oil and gas installations is a priority task during the naval exercise Flotex 22, the Norwegian Armed Forces announced.
From the start of the exercise on Wednesday until December 10th, high activity can be expected both at sea and in the air.
Head of the Navy Trond Gimmingsrud says the annual exercise is carried out to ensure good competence on board the vessels and to train in Norwegian waters together with allies and units from the Air Force.
"Even though the security policy situation has changed, it is important for us to carry out the exercise this year. The exercise contributes to our preparedness, and we have expanded the exercise area to take care of the need for presence during the exercise," Gimmingsrud said.
Some people are still without electricity in Agder
Over 2,000 households in Agder were without electricity on Tuesday due to heavy snow.
The biggest problems were reported in Iveland, where over 300 people were without electricity, and in Vennesla, where 1,680 households were affected.
At 5.30 am, the number of people without power was down to 104, according to Agder Energi's overview. A lot of rain is still expected in the coming days.