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Frazer Norwell
Frazer Norwell - [email protected] • 24 Nov, 2022 Updated Thu 24 Nov 2022 09:04 CEST
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Norway's National Museum named the ugliest building, PM not concerned about poor polling and other news from Norway on Thursday.

Government to give local authorities more Covid money

Norway's government will pay out 7.3 billion kroner more in extra Covid compensation to municipalities than was initially budgeted for. 

Municipalities will use the money to cover extra expenditures and shortfalls in their budgets related to the pandemic. 

Oslo will receive 1 billion more, while it had previously only expected to be provided 200 million kroner in compensation. 

"Oslo was very affected by the pandemic, and we spent a lot of money so that we get something back is very good," Raymond Johansen, governing mayor of Oslo, told public broadcaster NRK

PM is not concerned by poor performance in the polls

Norway's government continues to be struck by poor returns in the polls as its time in office continues. However, Norwegian Prime Minister, Jonas Gahr Støre, has said that he isn't concerned by the polling data. 

"To be completely honest, I don't sleep badly at night because of the polls, I sleep badly at night when people say they don't have enough finances, so it's other figures that make me sleep badly at night than polling data," he told Norwegian newswire NTB.

Russian jailed for illegal drone use in Norway

A Russian man was on Wednesday sentenced to 90 days in jail in Norway for flying a drone over Norwegian territory in violation of a ban adopted in response to the war in Ukraine.

The 34-year-old Russian citizen, who said he left Russia to escape President Vladimir Putin's partial mobilisation order, was found guilty of flying a drone "on several occasions" in southern Norway between October 13 and 20, a district court in Bergen said in its verdict.

While he only photographed and filmed the landscape, this violated a flight ban that Norway, like several other Western countries, imposed on Russians following the invasion of Ukraine.

National Museum named the ugliest building of the year

Many say it's what's on the inside which counts. Just as well, Norway's new National Museum is home to several world-famous or stunning pieces as it's just been named the ugliest building of the year. 

The unwanted accolade was awarded by The Architectural Uprising (Arkitekturupprororet)

Local publication Vårt Oslo reports that the building received 22 percent of the total vote to decide the ugliest building of the year. 

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