Postal monopoly set to end

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Three of the four non-socialist parties that have been negotiating to form a new government have said they don’t want to allow the Norwegian postal service (Posten) to maintain its monopoly on delivery of letters. A coalition among them thus will likely halt the only reservation Norway has raised under its economic agreement with the EU.

Newspaper Nationen reported that neither the Conservatives, the Progress Party nor the Liberals will use Norway’s reservation right. They intend to open up postal service for competition among various carriers.

They also reportedly intend to allow postal carriers to drop delivery on Saturdays. Mail delivery will thus likely be demanded only Monday through Friday, reported Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

newsinenglish.no staff