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

A dip in the Norwegian economy, the government receiving criticism for its offer to farmers and a man being arrested in Oslo for war crimes in the early 90s are among the main stories from Norway on Friday. 

Coastal cabins in Norway.
Read about a dip in the Norwegian economy, a man arrested for war crimes and more in today's roundup. Pictured are coastal cabins in Norway. Photo by Paul Steiner on Unsplash.

The Norwegian economy dipped in the first quarter

The mainland economy in Norway fell 0.6 percent in the first quarter of the year compared to the same period last year, figures from Statistics Norway reveal. 

The Covid pandemic and spread of the Omicron variant have affected GDP, the stats agency s said. 

GDP picked back up when measures were lifted, Statistics Norway noted.

“Gross domestic product (GDP) for mainland Norway increased by 0.6 and 1.0 percent in February and March, respectively. Overall, mainland Norway’s GDP was still 0.6 percent lower in the first quarter of 2022 than in the fourth quarter of 2021 due to the decline in December and January,” the stats agency wrote. 

Norwegian Air Shuttle loses 894 million 

Airline Norwegian Air Shuttle, also known as Norwegian, reported an operating loss of 894 million kroner in the first quarter. The company’s results were affected by the pandemic and war in Ukraine. 

In a stock market announcement, the airline said it managed to limit losses and had a cash balance of 7.5 billion kroner. 

“We have adapted to fluctuations in the market quickly and efficiently, at the same time as we have protected the company’s strong liquidity through a challenging period. The increase in ticket orders for the time ahead is very positive,” CEO of Norwegian Geir Karlsen said. 

Man in Oslo arrested for war crimes committed in the 90s

A man in his 60s has been arrested in Oslo to be extradited to Croatia. The man is accused of having committed war crimes in the early 1990s, broadcaster TV2 reports. 

He appeared in court on Thursday, where it was decided that the conditions for extradition had been met. The man denies the allegations. 

Kripos confirmed to the broadcaster that the man was arrested on the basis of a European arrest warrant. 

Solberg critical of the government’s offer to farmers 

Leader of the Conservative Party Erna Solberg has been critical of the government’s record offer to farmers. 

“The government has offered more than 30 percent income growth to farmers, before they start negotiating. It can be perceived as unreasonable for other groups, who do not experience having their costs covered and who have to deal with a relatively normal result of this year’s income settlement,” the former PM told newspaper VG

The government have offered up to 10.15 billion in its settlement to farmers. 

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

Why food will be more expensive from today, a key strike deadline and a heavy rain warning for east Norway are among the main stories from Norway on Friday.

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

Food to be more expensive from today 

The price of food in Norway will be “noticeably” higher from today, with the annual shopping bill for families expected to rise by a few thousand kroner from July 1st. 

The reason is that July 1st is one of two days each year when supermarkets raise prices for many different food products. 

Food will become expensive for several reasons. Firstly, as part of the agricultural settlement this year, farmers are allowed to charge more for their grain, meat and dairy products, and fruit and vegetables. 

Suppliers to supermarkets have also raised their prices, and it has become more expensive for food to be imported to Norway. 

“There is no doubt that there will be price increases, noticeable price increases,” Bård Gultvedt, director of business policy and government contact in Norgesgruppen, which owns Kiwi and Meny, said. 

Oslo shooting: Police appeal for video evidence

Oslo police, which is investigating the shooting in Oslo that left two dead and 21 injured last weekend, has appealed for the public to submit more video evidence if it has any. 

So far, Oslo police have received more than 70 tips from the public. They have also asked that video recordings from CCTV and the like from before the attack be stored for eight weeks rather than the typical seven days. 

“We are now working primarily with what we call the video project,” police attorney Børge Enoksen said at a press conference. 

READ ALSO: Norwegian police to remain armed with advice to postpone Pride events dropped

Mediation deadline for potential SAS pilot strike 

The extended mediation deadline for SAS and pilots working for the airline to reach an agreement and avoid a strike is midnight, July 2nd. 

If the two parties cannot agree, nearly 900 pilots will go on strike, with 400 being in Norway. 

A strike would lead to many of SAS’s flights from Norway over the weekend being cancelled. Previously, VG has reported that a strike would ground around 140 flights. 

READ ALSO: What a potential SAS pilot strike means for travellers in Norway

Heavy rain warning

A yellow danger warning is in place for heavy rain in Eastern Norway on Friday. 

“Heavy rain showers are expected in the eastern region. There are large local variations in intensity and quantity, and the weather can change quickly. The location of the precipitation is uncertain. Locally, the precipitation is expected to pass 15 millimetres per hour,” meteorologists forecasted.

Rain is also expected in north Norway. 

“Heavy rain can cause locally difficult driving conditions due to surface water and danger of aquaplaning. Adjust the speed according to the conditions and have a safe and good trip,” the State Highways Authority tweeted. 

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