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Norwegian police give go-ahead for autumn Pride parade

Police in Oslo say it will be possible for the Norwegian capital to arrange a Pride parade this autumn, media in the Nordic country reported on Friday.

Norwegian police give go-ahead for autumn Pride parade
Pride flags in Oslo on 2018. Photo by Cecilie Johnsen on Unsplash

Oslo’s Police District chief of staff Harald Nilssen told newspaper Aftenposten that police believed it would be possible to go ahead with the festival later in 2022.

“Oslo Police District has a lot of experience with preparing different events. Most of the work is done in advance with dialogue and preventative work,” Nilssen said via email.

“In addition to this we allocate resources in accordance with what is needed,” the senior police officer also said in the mail to Aftenposten.

Earlier this week, the director of the Oslo Pride, Kristin Haugsevje, event said it was unclear whether a parade could take place this autumn due to the current threat level against the event.

Oslo Pride was cancelled on June 25th after a mass shooting in the centre of the city the night before in which two people were killed and 21 injured.

A subsequent LGBT solidarity event in Oslo was also cancelled over police fears of copycat attacks.

READ ALSO: Oslo shooting suspect remanded in custody for four weeks

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TRAVEL: Oslo to slash the price of monthly public transport ticket

A monthly ticket for Oslo’s public transport network will be around 40 percent cheaper between mid-November and mid-December to try and get more people onto buses, trams and the metro.

TRAVEL: Oslo to slash the price of monthly public transport ticket

Travellers on Oslo’s public transport network will be treated to an early Christmas present this year as the price of a monthly ticket will be slashed during November and December.

Between November 16th and December 16th, a discount of around 40 percent will be offered on monthly tickets.

Tickets during this period will cost 499 kroner rather than the usual 814 kroner. Student tickets will cost 299, while monthly passes for young people and the elderly will be 249 kroner during this period.

The reduced tickets are part of a scheme from Oslo City Council to get more people onto public transport in the capital.

In theory, travellers can buy one monthly ticket at the beginning of the scheme and one at the end to take full advantage of the discounted tickets and save 630 kroner compared to the price of two regular-priced month passes.

During this period, single, daily, weekly, and annual ticket prices will presumably stay the same. The offer only applies to zone 1, so those who commute in or out of the city will not be able to take advantage of the scheme.

Tickets can only be purchased via the Ruter app, the latest version of Ruter’s ticket and journey-planning app. Tickets will, therefore, not be available on the older but still functioning Ruter Billet app.

Next spring, Oslo will launch a flexi-ticket option for travellers who don’t travel enough to justify the price of a monthly ticket. 

READ MORE: Oslo postpones the introduction of discounted transport ticket

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