Norway’s municipalities with high unemployment get funds before Christmas to support local businesses

Nikolai Astrup - Guri MelbyPhoto: Jil Yngland / NTB
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The Norwegian parliament (Storting) allocated NOK 250 million to municipalities with high unemployment. The funds should compensate local businesses affected by the corona pandemic.

The money is paid out before Christmas and distributed to municipalities with unemployment above the national average, the Storting stated in a press release.

Oslo Municipality will receive NOK 78.5 million. They have an unemployment rate of 5.8%, the highest in the country.

Bergen has the second-highest share of unemployment, which is 4.7%, and will be paid NOK 32.1 million. 

Stavanger is at 4.3% and will receive NOK 16.1 million.

“I am pleased that there is broad agreement in the Storting on this measure. 

“Now it is up to the municipalities to use the funds for the benefit of local businesses that are struggling during the pandemic,” Minister of Local Government and Modernization Nikolai Astrup (H) said.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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