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

A record-breaking May 17th, the Kongsberg trial beginning and why eggs may become more expensive are among the main stories from Norway on Wednesday.

Pictured is Norway's coast.
Read about May 17th, the Kongsberg trial and why eggs could become more expensive in Norway. Pictured is Norway's coastline. Photo by Tómas Rekstad on Unsplash.

Kongsberg trial begins 

The trial of Espen Andersen Bråten, who is accused of killing five people in Kongsberg last year, begins today. Bråten is also on trial for eleven attempted murders and several threats. 

Since his arrest, Bråten has been admitted to the Regional Security Department at Dikemark Hospital in Asker, and in February, three experts unanimously concluded that mental illness prompted the crimes. 

If the court comes to the same decision as the experts, Bråten will be sentenced to compulsory mental health care rather than a custodial sentence. The trial is expected to last around four weeks. 

Record-breaking May 17th in Oslo 

A record number of schools registered for the May 17th parade in Oslo, newswire NTB reports. 

Around 30,000 children, and 130 schools, took part in the parade, which saw them travel up Karl Johan Gate Street to Slottsplassen, just outside the Royal Place. 

The royal family were out on the balcony for parts of the parade to wave at the children. 

PM Jonas Gahr Støre told NTB that he was pleased to see a typical May 17th after pandemic restrictions disrupted previous years. 

“It is an incredible pleasure to celebrate May 17th traditionally after two years with restrictions,” he said. 

New EU regulations may make eggs more expensive

The EU has decided that the shelf life of eggs in Norway will be reduced from 35 to 28 days. The new requirement means that eggs will need to be picked up and shipped off more often by farms. This could lead to the extra transport costs being passed onto consumers, agricultural paper Nationen reports. 

READ MORE: Why food in Norway is so expensive

Police report several fights during the evening of Constitution Day

Police districts in several parts of the country have reported fights after May 17th celebrations. 

Police in Bergen said that there had been several fights in the town centre and that they had responded to around 100 more callouts than usual, newspaper Bergerns Tidende writes. 

In Oslo, police o responded to a fight in Storgata in the city centre, NRK reports. 

In rural areas and smaller towns, police had a much quieter day. 

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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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