The cold week in Oslo is not as bad as predicted, but on Friday morning the thermometer in the city shows 15-20 minus degrees. For those who have no place to stay, it is enough to keep them cool during the day.
– No, where are we going? If you go to Narvesan, you can buy a cup of coffee, but after finishing it, you have to leave.
Vasile Tanase (59) throws his arms out in frustration as he speaks to NRK in central Oslo. He and his wife have a place to sleep, but spend all day outside.
– At half past eight in the morning we have to leave our sleeping place. Families can return at 6 p.m., but those without families can only enter at 21.
– Vasile says it is very difficult to be outside for so long with the current temperature.
No one knows exactly how many homeless people there are in Oslo, but a survey conducted last winter by the Church City Mission A study was conducted on 209 people.
There are few benefits during the day for the homeless. Mariana Chandu (44) is one of those who move when the cold hits.
– We have a canteen open until 9 12, but if it's cold until 15. If it's very, very cold, it's open until 18, she says.
– Emergency assistance
The Salvation Army, the Red Cross and the Church's City Mission operate municipally supported emergency shelters for the homeless in Oslo.
The Salvation Army's Keir Gustavsen said no one should be injured or freeze to death by sleeping outside.
– We are organizing an initiative Winter night, a measure that is activated when it is less than ten degrees below zero. Sleeping outside can be dangerous, says Gustavsen.
– DIt is an emergency aid when it is very cold.
In le, inside the Salvation Army temple in central Oslo, people watch and look out. There is hot soup and coffee. And no low field beds.
The offer is open to people who do not have legal residence or social rights in Norway. It can accommodate up to 100 people at a time.
– If there is something really special, we can increase the capacity, says Gustavsen.
Extends the offer over the weekend
Oslo Municipality funds and decides when the emergency shelter will open.
On Wednesday, the city council promised that the offer would be extended and expanded in the coming cold days. They are also stepping up efforts to find rough sleepers and inform them about the concessions.
– No one should sleep outside in Oslo, as it is harmful to health when it is too cold, City Council President Erik Leigh Solberg (H) told NTB on Wednesday.
– Night patrols and outdoor units expand their presence in Oslo from night to Friday and throughout the weekend.
They will go into the night and it will be 6 am. Also, one day patrolling is going on from Sunday 10-18.
– We have close cooperation with the Salvation Army and other voluntary organizations and we are sure that there is shelter for those who need it. We have spare capacity, stressed the city council president.
The coldest in years
State meteorologist John Smits said Friday was the coldest day in years in Oslo and Akershus.
– I think we have to go back to January 2010 to find similar temperatures.
Most of the country will see colder days throughout the weekend. It is very cold in eastern Norway, especially inland.
– It's still cold, says Smits, and will have good degrees at the end of the week.
It will be coldest in the valley areas in the north of eastern Norway, but the degree scale will move downwards in the central areas as well.
15-18 minus degrees is cold in Oslo. Nothing to worry about being out for a long time.
In Finland, temperatures are rising again after Thursday's temperature was in the low thirties. But that's about to change, according to Smith.
Now there is a light breeze.
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