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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. 

Pictured is a view of Oslo from the inner Oslo Fjord.
Read the latest on the SAS strike which could drag on according to experts. Pictured is a view of Oslo from the inner Oslo Fjord. Photo by Franz Wender on Unsplash

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

Trams halted by heavy rain in Oslo and the government's latest statement on the energy cost crisis are among the leading news stories from Norway on Tuesday.

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

Norwegian official and wife get death threats after walrus euthanasia

The director of Norway’s fisheries agency and his wife, who does not work for the agency, have received death threats from across the world following the decision last weekend to euthanise a walrus that took up residence in Oslo harbour.

The walrus, nicknamed Freya, attracted crowds while basking in the Oslo fjord this summer but was euthanised on Sunday.

Officials said it was the only option after determining they could not “guarantee the wellbeing of the animal”, while experts criticised an “infinitely sad” decision.

The head of the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries, Frank Bakke-Jensen, said the abuse he and his wife subsequently received on social media was “way over the line”.

Government submits plan for new energy measures

The government yesterday submitted a plan in which it states it will present new measures to tackle the energy price crisis no later than in the 2023 budget.

In a letter submitted to parliament, the government said that “in close cooperation with partners in the business sector, the government is working to find suitable measures that can alleviate challenges met by parts of the business sector due to high energy prices”.

No specific schedule was given for new measures, but support for households and supply security are other areas being assessed, broadcaster NRK writes.

The energy spokesperson for the opposition Conservative party, Nikolai Astrup, told NRK the announcement was “not good enough” because measures announced in the budget would not become apparent to businesses before December. The matter is more urgent than that, Astrup said.

We’ll have more detail on this story in an article on our website today.

Trams halted by torrential rain in Oslo

Heavy rain in the capital this morning resulted in stoppages on several tram lines.

Oslo hospital, the National Theatre and a section between Skarpsno and Grefsen stations were all affected, according to NRK, with further disruptions possible throughout the day.

Trams can suffer mechanical damage if they are driven over surface water on their lines.

Police to speak to experts after bridge collapse

Police say they will speak to experts as part of investigations after the wooden Tretten bridge collapsed yesterday, sending a car and truck hurtling into the river below.

Two drivers were rescued from their vehicles.

The local E6 road remains closed in the area.

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