Norwegians stopped getting their mail delivered on Saturdays last fall. Now the Norwegian postal service (Posten) looks set to win state permission to only deliver the mail every other day.
The state transport ministry, which also is responsible for communications in Norway, sent out its proposal to hearing this week regarding changes in the frequency of mail delivery. It proposes mail delivery only every other weekday (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) nationwide, from 2020.
Posten hopes to save up to NOK 1 billion a year on the service reduction, but media outlets that deliver publications by mail are objecting mightily. The ministry responded that steadily fewer Norwegians read newspapers’ paper editions, and that it’s “too complicated” to enter into separate delivery contracts with media companies.
It’s the latest reduction of service by Posten, which also has dramatically cut its number of post offices despite raising postal rates.