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

Robin-Ivan Capar
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Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday
The trial against Andrey Yakunin in Norway has attracted the interest of several international media. Photo by Jonathan Lampel / Unsplash

Drone case against the son of a Putin ally in Norway attracts international attention, welfare services to take a more active role in addressing growing poverty crisis and other news from Norway on Tuesday.


NAV wants to help alleviate poverty crisis in Norway

Recent reports about people queuing at food banks instead of going to the NAV have come to the attention of the NAV boss Hans Christian Holte.

The situation is now being mapped out at the NAV offices.

"We want to fulfil our role and help those who need it most. We want to find solutions for those who are in a demanding situation," Holte told the news bureau NTB.

The NAV is now analysing if they can take steps to better deal with increasing poverty and food queues.


Drone case against Andrey Yakunin attracts international attention

The trial against Andrey Yakunin, who is charged with flying a drone over Svalbard in August and September, starts on Tuesday morning in Nord-Troms district court.

The defendant is a wealthy businessman with both Russian and British passports living in Italy. The central question in the case will be whether the sanctions laws that apply to Russian citizens in Norway also apply to Yakunin.

His father is a former head of the giant railway company Russian Railways, and several media outlets link him to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The case has attracted the interest of several international media, some of which have also been present in Tromsø. Recently, the Financial Times, The Guardian, and the news agency AFP - among others - have written about the case.

Education Minister Borten Moe declared "undesirable" at University of Bergen and University of Oslo

Research and Higher Education Minister Ola Borten Moe was declared "undesirable" on the campus of the University of Oslo on Thursday. Now, Bergen is following suit.

The student body at the University of Bergen reached the decision on Monday, the student newspaper Studvest reports.

"The student parliament believes we have to react to Borten Moe's behaviour and send a clear signal to the government that he is unsuitable for the role of minister of research and higher education," the students' resolution states.

A corresponding resolution was adopted at the University of Oslo on Thursday. At the time, Borten Moe referred to the decision as "adolescence," the newspaper Dagbladet reports.

"Reacting by not talking to each other - cancelling people - is a childish reaction," the minister said.


Notable decline registered in Norway's cabin market

There is significantly less activity in the Norwegian cabin market due to increased living costs and multiple interest rate increases, according to DNB Eiendom.

"Buyers are now more selective and have plenty of time. We have lost the 'corona buyers,' and many are sitting on the fence because of tighter finances," head of the cabin segment in DNB Eiendom, Tone C. Krange, said.

She pointed out that several interest rate hikes and increased costs in society have put pressure on the finances of Norwegian households.

In the last month, 74 percent of cabins in Norway were sold below the asking price, compared to 58 percent last year.


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