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Frazer Norwell
Frazer Norwell - [email protected] • 25 Nov, 2022 Updated Fri 25 Nov 2022 09:11 CEST
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Find out what's going on in Norway on Friday with The Local's short roundup of important news. Pictured is glacier in Norway. Photo by Barnabas Davoti on Unsplash

The human rights debate over wind power continues and Norwegians break travel record, plus other news from Norway on Friday.

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The debate over wind farms in Fossen continues

Over a year since Norway's Supreme Court ruled that the wind turbines at Fossen violated human rights as they interfered with Sami reindeer farming, and the wind farm is still in place, public broadcaster NRK reports.

The wind farm's presence was ruled to have violated the UN Convention on Civil and Political Rights as it prevented Sami from partaking in Reindeer farming, which is deeply important to their culture. 

"Development of energy production will, in the vast majority of cases, involve territorial conflicts with local and regional interests," Minister of Oil and Energy Elisabeth Sæther told NRK. 

However, as the judgement handed down by Supreme Court didn't take a position on what should happen with the turbines, the wind farm has remained. 

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This has led to many saying that the presence of wind turbines is an ongoing violation of human rights. 

Government to press ahead with plans to buy new tanks

Defence minister Bjørn Arild Gram has said the plan to invest in new tanks for the army would continue as planned. 

"The government is planning for the acquisition of tanks. The process continues in line with the future plan that has been laid," he told Dagens Næringsliv.

The government has set aside around 19.3 billion to spend on the new hardware. The army's current tanks are around 40 years old. 

Press conference on the refugee situation

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and Labour and Inclusion Minister Marte Mjøs Persen will hold a press conference on the refugee situation in Norway and Europe. 

On Friday, the EU will also hold a press conference on immediate action it will take regarding migrant arrivals via the Mediterranean. Norway has been invited to cooperate as it is a member of the Schengen zone. 

Norwegians set a new traffic record 

During the third quarter, Norwegians took nearly ten million trips. This is the highest number ever recorded in a single quarter, according to the national data agency Statistics Norway (SSB). 

Seven million of these trips were domestic, while three million were to other countries. The three million trips abroad increased 250 percent compared to the year before. 

Statistics Norway said foreign trips were back to a pre-pandemic level. 

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