Top 10 stories of the week: Your Saturday morning coffee briefing Jan 16

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In case you missed it: Catch up on your weekly news with the top 10 Norway Today stories this week.

Here’s your weekly Saturday morning briefing.

1. Norwegian Medicines Agency links 13 deaths to vaccine side effects. Those who died were frail and old

The Norwegian Medicines Agency linked 13 deaths to the corona vaccine’s side effects. Those who died had two things in common – they were old and frail. As a result, the Agency has updated the corona vaccination guide with new advice on the vaccination of frail elderly people.

2. Around 30 Swedish children have become life-threateningly ill after COVID-19

Hundreds of children in Sweden have been hit hard by inflammatory reactions after having the coronavirus. In Lund, the children’s intensive care unit is now full. In total, around 30 children have been life-threateningly ill.

3. Norway’s government is extending the redundancy scheme until July 1

The Norwegian government has decided to extend the redundancy scheme for those who would otherwise leave it because they have been laid off for one year. “A step in the right direction”, said the Progress Party (FRP).

4. Scientist thinks the world’s first 200-year-old person has already been born

Professor Stuart Kim of Stanford University believes that people already alive today will live to be 200. According to the professor, average life expectancy is increasing by about 2.5 years each decade. He’s so confident in this, that he’s bet (with a group of scientists) the equivalent of NOK 1 billion on it!

5. 82-year-old resident at Sola nursing home dies one day after being vaccinated against COVID-19

An 82-year-old resident at Sola Hospital who was vaccinated against COVID-19 on Tuesday died suddenly the next day. The person has underlying diseases.

6. Sex worker deported from Norway: “After quarantine, she must have served at least 20 clients a week”

A woman who worked as a sex worker has been expelled from Norway. The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration believed the woman posed a threat to public health. Read more on the reasoning in this article.

7. IKEA launches unique model to hire more immigrants in Norway

Amid the pandemic, Norway’s immigrants are among the hardest-hit groups in terms of layoffs and unemployment. IKEA and the Norwegian government have signed a deal to help get more of the county’s immigrants into the labor force.

8. Norway’s Oil Fund chief issues warning: “Things don’t grow forever”

Norway Oil Fund chief Nicolai Tangen warned that Norwegians shouldn’t expect the return figures they have seen over the last 25 years to continue. 

9. Norway extends recommendation against trips abroad until March 1: “Don’t plan trips abroad for Easter”

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is extending its recommendation against traveling abroad when it’s not strictly necessary to March 1.

10. The world’s most powerful passports for 2021: Norway’s ranking

The Henley Passport Index has revealed its findings for 2021. Find the details, including Norway’s ranking, in this article.

That’s all for today!

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