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An explosive increase in fraud attempts, overwhelming support for sending weapons to Ukraine and other news from Norway on Tuesday.

Recent figures from DNB show an explosive increase in digital fraud attempts over the past year. Photo by freestocks on Unsplash

DNB warns about explosive increase in fraud attempts

Recent figures from DNB show an explosive increase in digital fraud attempts over the past year.

The newspaper VG reports that Norway’s largest bank averted fraud attempts worth over 1 billion kroner kroner last year.

There are almost ten times as many attempted frauds now as in 2018.

“We have stopped transfers for certain companies that would have led to bankruptcy if they had lost the money. We are absolutely sure of that,” Terje Aleksander Fjeldvær, head of fraud prevention work at DNB, told the newspaper.

According to the bank, fraud attempts are more advanced than before and affect both private individuals and companies.

Labour Party registers worst ratings ever in a Kantar opinion poll for TV 2

The Labour Party (AP) registered the lowest support it ever got in a Kantar poll for TV 2, with just 16.9 percent of support, a decline of 2.6 percent from January.

On Monday, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre acknowledged the results and said that Norway is going through challenging times.

“These are bad numbers. I can only repeat that we are in challenging times… For me, it is crucial that we manage to work our way out of this and gain control over prices for both electricity and food, as well as general inflation. So, I hope we will gain trust when we reach these goals,” Støre told TV 2.

The Centre Party’s (SP) support grew from 6.2 percent in January to 7.4 percent in February. The Socialist Left Party (SV) registered 10 percent of support, an increase of 1.3 percent from January.

Survey: Large majority in favour of Norwegian weapons for Ukraine

Almost nine out of ten respondents want to send Norwegian weapons to Ukraine, according to a new survey. At the same time, eight out of ten respondents believe that Ukraine must not cede areas to Russia.

The Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR) at Oslo Met has taken a closer look at Norwegians’ attitudes towards Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The survey was carried out by Respons Analyze for the research project Proruss, the newspaper Vårt Land reports.

The survey also reveals that nine out of ten believe the Crimean peninsula belongs to Ukraine. At the same time, an equally large proportion say that the West is not to blame for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Norwegian parliament issues Tiktok warning

On Monday, the Norwegian parliament’s (Storting) administration urged parliamentary representatives and staff to exercise caution when using apps on their mobile phones.

In a message entitled “Tiktok and other apps”, the Storting administration urged general caution when installing and using apps on phones and tablets, the newspaper Dagbladet reports.

“Privacy, in particular, may be at risk,” the warning says.

Minister of Justice Emilie Enger Mehl (SP) admitted to TV 2 last week that she had Tiktok installed on an official mobile phone for a period of one month while she was Minister of Justice.

The controversial app is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, which collects user data. Critics warned that sensitive information could end up in the hands of the Chinese authorities.

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

Norway ranked the seventh happiest country in the world, and Norwegian researchers to focus on nuclear power. Plus other news from Norway on Monday.

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

Norway is the least happy country in the Nordics, new survey shows

Finland tops the list of this year’s happiness survey carried out by the UN. Norway ranked lowest among the Nordic countries and ended up in seventh place.

As usual, the Nordic countries came out best in the annual happiness survey. Finland took first place, ahead of Denmark and Iceland.

“Challenges in Norway are related to the declining quality of life, especially among the young, and increasing inequality,” a happiness researcher at the Institute of Public Health, Ragnhild Bang Nes, told the news bureau NTB.

The happiness survey includes ratings of national satisfaction based on data from the Gallup World Poll.

On a scale from one to ten, the population scored Norway with a 7.3. The country at the top of the list, Finland, got a score of 7.8, remaining on top for the sixth year in a row.

Norwegian researchers to strengthen nuclear power research

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim has decided to strengthen research into nuclear power.

“The debate on nuclear power is characterised by opinions. We want to gather knowledge about nuclear power,” department head Erik Wahlström told the newspaper Adresseavisen.

He heads NTNU’s physics department and is behind a new interdisciplinary research group at NTNU – NTNU Nuclear Energy Team.

In it, people from various disciplines at NTNU have come together to acquire research-based knowledge, follow international developments, and contribute to the public debate on nuclear power in Norway.

“We see a renewed interest in nuclear power. We have hardly discussed it for 30-40 years, and the old discussion has been completely forgotten.

“Now, there has been a major technological development, and we are in the middle of an energy crisis. It is a very big change,” Wahlström added.

Survey: Majority opposes demolition of disputed wind turbines at Fosen

According to a new survey, one in three respondents supports the Fosen campaigners’ demand to demolish the disputed wind turbines.

However, 44 percent of respondents oppose demolition, a new survey Respons Analyze carried out for the newspaper VG showed.

In October 2021, the Supreme Court ruled that the concessions granted in connection with the construction of two wind power plants at Fosen, Roan and Storheia, violate the rights of the reindeer-herding Sami at Fosen. The concessions are, therefore, invalid.

On February 23rd, after 500 days without governmental action, activists protested and occupied the entrance to the Ministry of Oil and Energy and several other Norwegian ministries, demanding that the controversial wind turbines be demolished.

Huge budget increase for Norwegian secret services

The budgets of Norway’s three secret services have increased by 50 percent in five years.

In 2019, the budgets for the Defense Intelligence Service, the Police Security Service (PST), and the National Security Agency (NSM) totalled 3.2 billion kroner.

In 2023, the same services have been allocated 4.8 billion kroner from the state budget, an increase of 50 percent from 2019, the newspaper Bergens Tidende reports.

The money finances an estimated 3,300 man-years in the three secret services, according to the newspaper’s estimate.

In addition, large sums are spent on monitoring people leaving and entering Norway.