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

Inflation at its highest level since 2008, high trust in digital public services and new health advice for children are among the main news stories from Norway on Tuesday. 

Lofoten, north Norway.
Read about inflation, digital services and new health advice in today's roundup of important news. Pictured is Lofoten. Photo by Fabian Jung on Unsplash

Inflation rises to highest level since 2008

Inflation in Norway has risen to its highest level since 2008, with higher inflation not being measured since 1988, figures from Statistics Norway have found. 

“It is first and foremost increased prices for electricity and airline tickets that mean that we get this increase in overall inflation,” Espen Kristiansen from Statistics Norway said of the figures. 

In total, inflation, or the consumer price index (CPI), rose by 5.4 percent between April last year and last month. 

The most significant rises were in electricity prices which rose by 14 percent, and airline tickets which have increased in cost by 39 percent. 

Inflation has risen beyond Norway’s central bank, Norges Bank, estimates. The raising of the key interest rate may be accelerated as a result, newspaper Aftenposten writes

New health advice discourages screen time for young children

The Norwegian Directorate of Health has issued new guidelines for physical activity, which for the first time includes limits on screen time, public broadcaster NRK reports

The new guidelines recommend that children under the age of two should not have any screen time, while children over two should be limited to one hour a day. 

The new health advice said that sitting still should be limited as much as possible for people of all ages, while adults should train strength twice a week. 

Adults were also recommended to be physically active for between two and a half and five hours a week. 

Insurance problems keep Russia linked ship stuck in port

Coastal cruise liner Halvilla Capella has been beset with more problems as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has refused to insure the vessel, public broadcaster NRK writes

The boat was meant to operate on the Bergen Kirkenes route. 

Halvilla Capella was previously unable to leave port as a Russian lending firm financed it. Last month the ship received dispensation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to sail for six months. 

However, as the boat hasn’t been insured, it will be unable to sail. The ship has been rejected insurance because any potential payout would go to an individual who the Norwegian government has sanctioned. 

High confidence in public digital services

Norwegians believe that security and privacy are properly taken care of by digital public services, but trust has taken a dip, according to a new report. 

The report from the Norwegian Digitalisation Directorate found that just under half of respondents to a survey said that they had “some or a high degree” of trust in online public services’ security measures. 

This is down 3 percent from the previous survey. The reason for the dip, according to the report, is that the public has increased knowledge and expectations of digital security.  

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

More than 160 SAS flights from Norway cancelled, three oil fields closed due to a strike and the population set to shrink in rural parts of the country. This and other headlines from Norway on Tuesday. 

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

SAS strike unlikely to be short-lived

Unfortunately for travellers booked with the airline, the current SAS strike looks set to rumble on for a while as there are two large issues pilots’ unions and the company will need to find consensus on before strike action ends, newspaper VG reports. 

“There are no reassuring signs that it will be short-lived. They have been negotiating for several days, with several postponements, and yet they did not agree,” aircraft analyst Jacob Pedersen from Danish Sydbank told VG. 

Pilots employed by SAS’s parent company, SAS Scandinavia, announced strike action because they were unsatisfied with their salary and working conditions.

In addition, the pilots are dissatisfied that instead of re-employing old SAS pilots, priority is given to hiring new pilots on cheaper agreements in the two subsidiaries, SAS Link and SAS Connect.

READ MORE: What the SAS strike means for travellers in Norway

At least 163 flights out of Norway were cancelled due to the SAS strike

On Tuesday, 163 services from SAS out of Norway were cancelled due to a strike, according to an overview from newspaper VG.

Of the cancellations, 79 were overseas departures, while 84 were domestic flights. 

Yesterday 900 pilots in Norway, Sweden and Denmark went on strike after the company and unions failed to reach an agreement by the Monday midday deadline. 

The airline said that up to 30,000 passengers per day could be affected. 

READ MORE: What can SAS passengers do if their flight is affected by pilots’ strike?

Population in rural Norway to shrink by 2050

Most rural municipalities in Norway will begin to shrink in population by 2050, while the cities and suburbs will continue to grow. 

This is according to a projection by national statistics agency Statistics Norway. 

Norway’s population is expected to grow from 5.4 million to 6 million by 2050 and 6.2 million by 2100. 

“The growth in the population in the next decades will be unevenly distributed across the country. Viken county is expected to grow by 19 percent by 2050, while Nordland is expected to shrink by 2 percent,” Statistics Norway researcher Sturla Løkken said. 

Three oil fields to go on strike

Union Lederne has taken 74 members out on strike, which will lead to the shut down of the Gudrun, Oseberg sør and Oseberg Øst oil fields. 

More oil fields could close on Wednesday when 117 more workers at three other oil fields could go on strike. 

According to Norwegian Oil and Gas, 13 percent of gas exports abroad will be lost due to the strike. 

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