All but six of Norway’s remaining post offices to close

25 of the 31 remaining post offices in Norway are to be shuttered for good.

All but six of Norway’s remaining post offices to close
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The country’s postal service Posten Norge announced the closures as part its ongoing process to replace post offices with counters in shops.

That means 25 post offices are to be closed by the end of 2022, NRK writes.

Five post offices in Oslo and one on Arctic archipelago Svalbard will remain, meaning there will be no post offices at all throughout most of the country.

“There is still a large enough volume in Oslo to justify that there are post offices there. There is a lot of post there connected to business customers, public administration and large institutions,” Posten Norge’s head of press communications Keneth Pettersen told NRK.

The closures will affect 170 employees and take place over the next two-and-a-half years.

A decline in the volume of physical post as well as the closure of DNB bank services at post offices were cited as primary reasons for the new round of post office closures.

“When the Post loses in September the ability to offer bank services from DNB and the decrease in letter volume grows, that will result in reduced activity and revenues for post offices. We have to adapt to that,” Pettersen said.

DNB announced last year that it intended to scrap post office banking and has instead reached agreements with Norgesgruppen supermarket chain to provide cash banking services in stores.

The closing post offices will themselves be replaced by counters in shops. An advantage of this for customers is more flexible opening hours in comparison with traditional post offices.

Posten Norge is also set to put in place around 1,000 ‘parcel boxes’ (pakkebokser) across the country, enabling parcels to be collected around the clock using an app.

“Society is becoming more digital and we must react to that. A solution such as this will make post services more accessible,” Pettersen told NRK.

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PostNord to continue Danish deliveries until 2023

The Danish arm of Swedish-Danish post distribution company PostNord is to continue delivering the country’s post until at least 2023 after a new deal was agreed with the government.

PostNord to continue Danish deliveries until 2023
PostNord will deliver Denmark's letters until at least 2023. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Post Danmark – the Danish subsidiary of PostNord – extended its contract to deliver post in the country with the government and its allied left wing parties, the transport ministry confirmed in a statement on Monday.

“Distributions of post is an important societal task which every sitting government must take responsibility for,” transport minister Benny Engelbrecht said in the statement.

A “large proportion” of people in Denmark still “do not receive their post digitally and therefore need to receive their post at their home address,” Engelbrecht said.

“It must be possible to receive a letter from your family and to write to your family, regardless of where in the country you live.

“That’s why the deal with Post Danmark has been extended, so Danes can be reassured that post will get through while political work to secure a new, long-term postal agreement continues,” the minister said.

The Danish government owns 40 percent of PostNord, with 60 percent owned by its counterpart in Stockholm.

The company has faced sharp criticism on several occasions since it began announcing losses in 2012. The Danish state has spent to keep the Danish side of the company afloat. Inefficient mail distribution and poor financial management have been among the criticisms.

PostNord was established in 2009 via a merger of the formerly-national Post Danmark and Sweden’s Posten.