More post offices set to disappear

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Nearly all of the remaining post offices in Norway are going to be shut down, replaced by some postal services set up in local stores. It’s just the latest sign of how Norwegian officials are eager to cut costs and make it increasingly difficult to send birthday cards or other greetings.

Only six post offices will survive the latest shutdown, five them in Oslo and the sixth in Longyearbyen on Svalbard. “In Oslo there’s still enough volume to justify post offices there, tied to business customers, public management and big institutions,” a spokesman for the Norwegian postal service Posten Norge, Kenneth Pettersen, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

Several remaining post offices in the Norwegian capital will also be shut down, however, leaving only those at Vika in the central business district, Majorstuen, Grønland, Nydalen and St Olavs Plass.

Around 170 more postal employees will lose their jobs as the post offices shut down over the next two-and-half years. The shutdowns were once again blamed on a decline in the volume of cards and letters, along with Posten’s loss of being able to offer banking services in post offices for DNB from September. DNB is now instead delivering cash services in grocery stores controlled by Norway’s dominant retailer NorgesGruppen.

“Society is being increasingly digitalized and we have to accept that,” Pettersen said. “It can also make Posten’s services more accessible.” Posten, for example, is setting out 1,ooo so-called pakkebokser around the country where Norwegians can pick up packages around the clock, via an app.

newsinenglish.no staff