Death in China occurred on average 18 days after hospital admission. Within one week over 85.000 people—including me—have been temporarily laid off in Norway as a result of the crisis. Here is UK, yesterday’s statistic were: As of 9am on 27 March 2020, a total of 113,777 people have been tested, of which 99,234 were confirmed negative and 14,543 were confirmed positive. Well if our foreign assets in the financial market dosnt crash completely we have about 10 years state-budget worth of savings. Read more: Home Quarantine & Home Isolation in Norway. Follow all the rules that apply to you. Doctor would not talk to or see them. It’s a fascinating conundrum. But things look quite different in the UK. Norway will provide a vaccine against Covid-19 free of charge to its citizens when one becomes available, the government said on Tuesday, and … The British government has just pledged £330bn in loans to help businesses get back on their feet, which is approximately 30 times what Norway has promised (for a population a twelfth of the size). Jealousy even, as we are all holed up at home, sweeping our drives and so on. For example, those in Tier 4 areas in England will not be permitted to travel abroad apart from limited exceptions, such as work purposes. This means that travel from the UK to Norway for those not resident in Norway will be much more difficult. It was written by a Brit and published by a (different) Brit. Different countries are at different stages regarding the spread of the disease and different countries are doing things at different times. healthcare for UK nationals vising Norway. It follows several countries in reporting cases of the mutation, listed as VUI-202012/01, first spotted in the UK and thought to be up to 70% more transmissible - meaning it can spread much faster. I send the loveley people of Norway my Best Wishes and hope we and all Countries come through this uncertain time with the minimum of loss Whatever the differences between the two states, there will be the possibility for social reform after the storm. Q&A. I think that UK is indeed ridden with alcoholics that can’t stand the thought of not being able to go to the pub or a football match. The new variant of coronavirus that is spreading through Britain has been detected in Norway and on the Portuguese island of Madeira. UK limited testing has not produced more confirmed cases? As it is governed by Norway, Svalbard follows the mainland’s COVID-19 rules. One British subscriber here, who will no longer be subscribing to “Life in Norway”. I have family there myself and I am very worried about the course of action they’ve taken, though conceding they had little choice at the time due to the severity of the outbreak. Images of throngs of people squeezed into Cheltenham to watch the Gold Cup last week, merry, dressed to the nines, with their hands plastered all over the faces in joy/commiseration at the latest race, have been shared in Norwegian media. Coronavirus and travelling to Norway Anyone who arrives in Norway from a country with high transmission (categorised as red) must provide a negative corona test when they enter the country. People from the UK would still be able to enter for what are considered essential reasons, mainly for work, studies, urgent family reasons and transit. Fjord Tours – experience Norway in a nutshell® with one ticket. Mad dogs and englishmen…. Britain is also a more litigious society, which could lead to fear for a catastrophic legal fallout. Coronavirus travel health. Shameful for being the wealthiest country. That is with a very simplistic appraisal, and is no gounds whatsoever for ‘knocking either nation’, so stop doing it! The UK has become the first nation in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, with the first vaccine administered on December 8. UK is trying to do something different than other countries and it’s going absolutely terribly. Thanks for reading Oz. The support in Scandinavian countries for their population is far superior to that of UK where ,for example,pensions are the worst in Europe by a very long way . «Norway, until very recently, had more raw cases of the virus than Britain». Check the website of the relevant municipality (kommune) for the latest guidance. The blame game Hunter is pointless, unwelcome and unhelpful. There are also two coronavirus hotlines (open Monday-Friday, 08.30-15.30) on +47 815 55 015 for general enquiries and +47 116 117 if you believe you have been infected. A poorly written article which seems more influenced by a disdain for the British than any factual reality. The current advice is to avoid all unnecessary domestic travel. People are expected to toe the line. This is even more evident now due to Covid-19 than before. If you follow the Norway model, which most European countries have in one way or another, then you bottom out the market and uniformly destroy industry, with an eye to getting on top of the crisis and rebuilding as one. Social distancing guidance remains in force. Home Quarantine & Home Isolation in Norway, Explained: Home Quarantine & Home Isolation in Norway, Coronavirus: Hurtigruten Suspends Coastal Service For One Month, https://countryeconomy.com/countries/compare/norway/uk, Coronavirus in Norway: The Latest News on the COVID-19 Outbreak, Life in Norway’s Most Popular Articles in 2020. See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Entry to Norway depends on your country of residence. One thing is for sure, hindsight is going to have its day in court when all this is done and dusted. In fact, my opinion is that while in the thick of this crisis, one can pick holes in any given response all they like, but there will be no saying whether it was the right choice until much further down the line. Norway and Norwegians protected their own better. Norway has been my favourite European country ever since! The rescue measures include: the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme: access to government-backed loans of up to £5 million for UK businesses (with an annual turnover of up to £41 million) that are suffering with cash-flow pressures during the crisis period, with no interest due for the first six months, and a guarantee provided by the government of 80 percent on each loan; Perhaps the author has a crystal ball and can tell us what will happen when Norway decides to relax the isolation releasing the cork? The other upsetting thing I find about the UK is the fact that their newspaper the Daily Mail continuously reports things that cause the Brits to be afraid, it is a propaganda machine. I have not written anything about Brexit before, but I am working something about the pain which has been caused by immediate closure, which I believe is much more in keeping with your viewpoint. Haha, check out the British, they don’t give a shit!”. What we all need is 2020 hindsight, which none of us have or will have for some time to come. In both Britain and Norway, the public are ceding unprecedented levels of authority to the state. Remote hotel in Norway becomes one of the first to welcome guests in Europe's Covid-19 world 28 Apr 2020 , 9:30am The remote Arctic archipelago where £13,000 duvets are born See guidance available online from Helsenorge for the latest information. It’s your responsibility to the check the latest entry and transit requirements with the authorities in your destination before you travel. You make Norwegians sound like they just jumped out of an episode of Westworld:) Word of advise sir… do your due diligence next time you decide on a “Clickbait” as both Countries do deserve a bit of human empathy in these difficult times! Right now there is a sense of ‘dugnad’ in Norway – a tradition whereby everyone chips in and contributes, fulfilling their communal obligations to society. In Norway, some business owners have responded angrily to the country's emergency measures. The decision came after French President Emmanuel Macron called an emergency health council meeting to discuss how to react to the UK government tightening Covid-19 measures. The idea that everything has to shut down immediately is contrary to the science and Norway, until very recently, had more raw cases of the virus than Britain (and Norway has a population comparable to some British regions). Norrøna Hvitserk – expeditions and adventure holidays. It will take only 2 minutes to fill in. This means that employers have no rights or insurance options, despite dwindling customer bases. I have to agree. Restrictions and recommendations do vary between regions. I am kind of stuck here though due to COVID! Interesting to read a variety of views on the current crisis. The government has even threatened to bring in the home guard to forcibly evict people from their cabins, and sending them back to their homes, to suffer in silence like the rest of us. This was just days after the all large gatherings were banned here, and after the Premier League closed down, it should be said, adding to the confusion. Today, for example, the local diocese decided to postpone all spring confirmations, meaning hundreds of businesses will lose out on revenue which has been on the books for twelve months or more. It means, for example, indoor gatherings are limited to six people and overseas visitors have to quarantine for 10 days. Read more: Coronavirus in Norway: The Latest News. Hi, I had the wonderful priviledge as a teenage student of a 6 week period of being hosted by Oslo Lysverker in 1951 at Hovet-i-Hallingdal Hydro-Electric PS & loved every minute & met some lovely folks, and then spent 2 weeks crossing from West to East on holiday. Over 40 countries ban travel from UK to contain new Covid-19 variant. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health. % Testing/pop’n 1.387 0.17 Redundancy pay is quite complicated and is the obligation of the employer. It’s all very slapdash and makes no sense whatsoever. I believe the lack of success (in case) will also impact the nation in years to come. View Health for further details on healthcare in Norway. The testing rates is an interesting point – I have hardly seen any evidence of testing in Norway either. The economy was hit by Brexit, this will just spiral its down. Paul , as a UK citizen jokes lol, the government here is doing jack at containing cities mainly the capital where it’s at the worst! Covid-19 restrictions are still affecting our schedule, and for the coming period we will continue to operate 13 domestic routes in Norway. All telephone numbers are available 24/7. And you have to admit, watching 79-year-old Stanley Johnson ignore his son’s advice about pubs was a bit of levity in this otherwise dire situation we find ourselves in, regardless of where we are suffering it. At this moment, the global focus is rightly on the health care aspect: how to support the infrastructure so that sick people can be treated, how to ‘flatten the curve’ so that services are not overwhelmed. So a couple of weeks ago, when the apparent numbers were very similar, the reality was that the UK had way more cases. It’s a “My Countries better than yours story” and Ill timed . Over 30000 lives lost with our country’s and and people’s approach. Oz. The response to the coronavirus has been billed the “biggest dugnad in Norwegian history”. Meanwhile in the UK Boris Johnson ‘advises’ that no-one go to the pub. Here are Norway’s coronavirus statistics for today: As of 27 March 2020, Norway has performed 73,892 tests, reported 3,423 confirmed cases and 15 deaths? “What if I have to go to a pub!?”. Writing cross-cultural comparisons on the economic and social responses of Norway and the UK towards C19 requires more than just a superficial understanding of the different media coverage. The third part of the UK's strategy to deal with the coronavirus, which will involve attempts to lessen the impact of a high number of cases on public services. Even the very sick ones. Yes Norway is rich, and yes it’s citizens are being well looked after. France has temporarily closed its ports to ro/ro ferry traffic from the UK, one of dozens of measures taken by national governments to prevent the spread of a mutated variant of COVID … See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK. It had a similar number of diagnosed cases, presumably because far more people were tested. This article scratches the surface and seems more interested in striking a jocular tone than exploring the serious science and decision-making underlining the staggered political regulation and reactions to the virus’s spread. I think there is more to this than meets the eye too, just as 9/11 chnaged the freedoms we once enjoyed, I think the overkill on this has a sinster undercurrent…indeed globally the total deaths after some 120 days have totalled and I am even allowing for many countriesunder reporting perhaps 20% of the people who normally die every single day, to trash the global economy for that seems absurd. France was among the countries quick to impose restrictions on UK … An enjoyable read. Regardless of your perception of Norway’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, businesses’ hands have more or less been forced by the general consensus and we are increasingly seeing a homogeneous response across the continent. The individual had recently returned from China. Let alone enforce what he promised a month ago ….. I’m at the minute ashamed to be a British citizen. I hope for my own families sake, and the rest of Norway, the ignorance expressed in this article doesn’t cause us all to live to regret these rather smug and foolish words. I agree with the comments above. % Deaths/pop’n 0.00028 0.00114, (https://countryeconomy.com/countries/compare/norway/uk). To those who have lost someone, my sympathy. The author’s replies to some reader’s comments only makes matters worse and justifies the above points. The reasons are obvious. Each country has its own idiosyncrasies eg Norway has by far more second homes by percentage of population than UK which the authorities recognised early on stopping folk going to them . Updated 16 December 2020 Odd Arild Lehne, Advisor Innovation Projects/Norway Health Tech. I hear things like “it’s just a flu” said way too often and it scares me. Coronavirus live news: Norway extends UK flights suspension; first British passengers arrive in France after ban. I wish I hadn’t come back, to be honest, the UK has not changed one bit in the 30 years I was away, it’s not a progressive country at all. Contact the British Embassy for the latest information. Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Norway on the TravelHealthPro website. The British method keeps the businesses open for as long as possible, combined with a more pragmatic approach to the way in which the virus may spread. READ ALSO: Norway to give first Covid-19 vaccine doses in Oslo. For information on financial support you can access whilst abroad, visit our financial assistance guidance. Herein lies the difference. It may still be judged, with hindsight, that the path the UK took was better. How’s that defense of going to the pub and Boris’s lack of good policy working out for ya? both socially and economically . A very interesting piece, and I really liked the fact that you call it a Gamble which it is. Just over 250 deaths in Norway indicating a clearly better approach. Hurtigruten – "The World’s Most Beautiful Sea Voyage". Sorry! Bizarre really and that is certainly somewhere I think money might have been better spent. If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. Especially when alcohol poisoning and alcohol-fueled crime is so high and also a drain on the NHS. Travellers normally resident in the UK may enter Norway but from midnight on 21 August are required to … Following identification of a new variant of the virus, international travel from your area may be increasingly restricted because of domestic regulations. I feel confident about the future and well supported by the state. I think you would probably be quite interested to read that most Norwegians are anglophiles, and that laughing at the Brits drinking their way through the crisis comes from a place of fondness, not disdain. It’s great though that you’re taking this opportunity to try and justify your move to Norway by portraying the British response as incompetent. One British expat living in Norway takes a closer look. I find it mind-boggling that ‘pubs’ take centre stage of all we do. Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. The disdain that Brits and their blind belief in their superiority fair reeks in these responses. You can change your cookie settings at any time. To all people around the world at this time all I can say is do as your medical people advise and perhaps we can talk about this strange virus that has gone around the world when it passes and have developed a vaccine to cure the illness should it occur again. The virus has gone deep into world economy and the discussion on how to limit the repercussions has only just begun. When the Norwegian government said stop going to bars and restaurants, the public obeyed and the market literally dried up overnight. Check our advice on things to consider, and be prepared to stay overseas longer than planned. You can sign up for official email alerts providing the latest information from the Norwegian government. Mutant strains of the coronavirus spread further across the world this weekend, as new cases were detected in Portugal, Norway and Canada, while India … Oh dear, the quality of commentary falls when insults fly. Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Norway on the TravelHealthPro website. I have a feeling that in the not-too-distant future this will shift to the long-term financial effect of the policies which countries enforced. Norway currently has 7 dead, 154 hospitalised. Norway plans to use the three vaccines developed by Moderna, AstraZeneca, Pfizer and BioNTech in its first push to inoculate its population against Covid-19, Norway… Nonetheless, thank you for your analysis, albeit meaningless and horrible biased. Nationalist propaganda? It didn’t. Additionally, Norway, as a Schengen-associated state, has also confirmed it will not allow UK visitors from 1 January, the Financial Times reports. In each of our countries there are people that are following the advice of the government to the word and others that are not yet awake to the seriousness of the situation. As such it was better not written than adding to the growing pile of bad journalese circulating the internet. In the first quarter of 2021, Oslo expects to receive a total of 2.5 million doses, covering 1.25 million people, pending approval of the vaccines from European regulators. Today, for example, the local diocese decided to postpone all spring confirmations, meaning hundreds of businesses will lose out on revenue which has been on the books for twelve months or more. Proverbially speaking, locking everyone up in their homes and refusing anyone medical treatment seems to in our very near future. If you do travel, check the website of the municipality (kommune) you are visiting as restrictions and recommendations between regions can vary. No need for the tone of this piece, which is in very bad taste. Putting on the tin foil hat, I wonder if this situation is a call by the powerful to strip humanity of more rights and force us to rely on more government care. Norway and the UK are near neighbours and important trading partners. Other countries have closed borders, and may restrict movement or bring in new quarantine rules with little warning. I know which country I would prefer to be in just now and it’s not UK ! Arrogance springs to mind !! They both stayed very sick for about ten days. See our domestic Norway route overview here. See also the Norwegian Government’s coronavirus website for more detail. The Norwegian Government regularly monitors the risk of coronavirus, and adjusts measures in line with the levels of infection to contain the spread of the virus. With the bottom falling out of the oil price, the kroner collapsing and world markets in disarray, just how long can the Norwegian state be expected to support a non-productive society? There are restrictions on public events and large parts of the hospitality and service sectors. But perhaps that’s a conversation for another day. Nationalistic propaganda at its best. I’m sure you’ve written similar articles about Brexit etc and I’m sure Norwegians love to read articles like this. Unlike the selfish Brits In UK who clogged up Snowdonia and many other areas completely ignoring govt advice. But their approaches to tackling the coronavirus outbreak have been starkly different. Yet in the supermarkets they are doing so. Were not flattening the curve at all. The British antics were met with bafflement and bemusement here: “Don’t the British care about the situation? COVID-19: Coronavirus variant confirmed in Norway on island of Madeira after Canada also declares cases. This is not a time for pointing fingers or political point scoring . It seems as though that approach may well come to bite them in the arse, but I wonder how much of the British decision was dictated by a realistic understanding that there simply were not Norwegian/German/Belgian/Danish etc. Cancelling these events in May seems trigger-happy at this stage, but the bout of layoffs in the hospitality industry, in particular, mean… As far as I understand the UK Government is not testing everyone anymore, except the ones in hospital, surely this will have impact the distribution rate of the virus. It’s social democracy in action; every spring your will see all neighbours coming out to tidy up their streets together, parents will sacrifice evenings to man kiosk and do stock counts for their kids’ sport teams, and people will generally ‘do their bit’, for fear of being considered a social outlier. For example, speaking to family in Germany I have learnt Merkel has been on TV advising youngsters to stop throwing ‘Coronavirus’ parties – does that mean we should all generalise negatively about the German character or perhaps put it into context what a few German youth are doing, rather than the whole nation? From this side of the water, what we are witnessing in the UK is of great interest to everyone in Norway. To help us improve GOV.UK, we’d like to know more about your visit today. Until recently Norway was the second most infected country in the world per population, and is currently third as I write. Establishments serving food are allowed to open but social distancing restrictions apply. In Norway, some business owners have responded angrily to the country's emergency measures. And by the way the public system has declined so that here in the US there are woefully few tests and masks. It’s wholly unfair to portray Brits as alcoholics that are ignoring government advice and then portray Norway as a country of do-gooders, which is exactly what you’ve done. If all hospitality in the UK was forced to close, then there would be recession-level bankruptcy across the market. So no, they are not testing everyone either. £10bn? Give each other a hug from me. If I were to use this moment to speak about the child support I receive and the instant boost I got upon dismissal, I think people’s eyes would start watering in the UK. Read more: The British Ambassador to Norway. The more trenchant ones from Brits is reminiscent of the ‘ Last days of the Empire’. The UK government tightened its COVID-19 restrictions for London and nearby areas, disrupting Christmas holiday plans for millions. In the UK, you can claim statutory redundancy pay if you’re eligible and you’ve been temporarily laid off (without pay or less than half a week’s pay) for more than four weeks in a row (or more than six non-consecutive weeks in a 13 week period). The British have no idea how to act and by being ignorant they’re making it much worse. The medical community would not test them unless they were sick enough to enter the hospital. Different rules apply in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Most people who don’t have a place of residence in Norway must stay in a quarantine hotel for 10 days after arrival. For general advice about coronavirus: our topic page and helsenorge.no Information helpline for questions about coronavirus: 815 55 015 (weekdays 08-15.30) The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration has answers to many frequently asked questions about travelling to Norway, and a helpline 23351600 that is open on weekdays from 10:00-14:00.. This is now wholly apparent if you compare the death rates in each country. Don’t worry we won’t send you spam or share your email address with anyone. Coronavirus in Norway: The story so far. 50 Degrees North – unforgettable tailor-made and small group tours to Norway. Authentic Scandinavia – exciting Norway tours. Here are the … Cancelling these events in May seems trigger-happy at this stage, but the bout of layoffs in the hospitality industry, in particular, means uncertainty pervades. So, Virus impact comparisons: But for now, their approach looks frightening to those of us with elderly relatives who will almost certainly find themselves without emergency healthcare, should they need it. You must be tested: initially as soon as possible and after no more than 24 hours after arriving in Norway, and then levels of social funds to manage enforced closure? The purpose of the project was to enable the hospitals identified as Covid vaccine hubs to monitor the receipt and issue of the vaccine, and to enable standardised reporting of the usage of the vaccine. Regarding the cultural practice you mentioned, of everyone pitching: the vast number of people do want to do it because they want to help their neighbors, not because they are afraid of becoming ‘outliers.’ Besides knowing that thousands are dying, and millions facing economic crisis, I feel sad because it’s hard to find ways to be helpful, ie volunteering. So, please, let us all be supportive of one another, keep calm, try and stay as fit and as well as we are able and talk about this again at some later date. I’m currently under quarantine in Norway as well and I can tell you that I really respect what they’re doing, while reading and hearing about UK’s response to this problem just makes me scratch my head in disbelief. It slightly favours the large, strong companies (name a policy which doesn’t), while simultaneously offering life support to the minnows. Oh deary me! Before you return to the UK you must provide your journey and contact details. So, what do we conclude from the above? British daily death toll still higher than Norway’s entire Death total and the only reason we’re not an international laughing stock is that 30000 real people being dead, many of whom should still be here bringing love and being loved, just is not funny to anyone. Part one Rehabilitation: The hospitals and municipalities need good tools for distance training and monitoring for patients who are not in the hospitals or care facilities. The Norwegian authorities have issued recommendations that people avoid using public transport unless strictly necessary. The government has decided to introduce a travel registration system, in which anyone wanting to cross Norwegian borders must register information including their name, contact details, quarantine location and employer if applicable. Yet it is left untouched. We use this information to make the website work as well as possible and improve government services. As of 5pm on 26 March 2020, 759 patients in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have died. It remains to be seen what happens at Easter when there is traditionally a get away to the cabins ! You’ve accepted all cookies. When you return, you must follow the rules for entering the UK. The new variant of the coronavirus circulating in the UK has been detected in two people who came to Norway from the country, the Norwegian Institute of … All content is available under the Open Government Licence v3.0, except where otherwise stated, travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic, See guidance available online from Helsenorge, Norwegian Government’s coronavirus website, visit the Norwegian Institute of Public Health website, latest information from the Norwegian government. are trying to kill them all by taking away their rights and forcing them to wear masks. Are they stupid? Then the UK will announce another lockdown in say a week and the Brits run out to the pub again and get plastered don’t socially distance at all. Up Norway – tailored journeys. Something that I see quite rarely in some places. I think the whole world watched Cheltenham in dismay. NHS is about to get hit really, really hard by the virus. 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