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All ferry trips on Norwegian routes with less than 100,000 passengers will be free from 1 July

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All ferry trips on routes with less than 100,000 passengers will be free from 1 July. The Finance Minister believes that this change could make small coastal areas more attractive.

Under the revised national budget, the government has secured SEK 39 million to reduce ferry costs.

This year’s budget already reserves SEK 30 million to make the minimum ferry connection free. According to the Treasury, it will cost SEK 165 million to fulfill the government’s promises for the whole year.

In 2019, there were more than 30 connections and less than 100,000 passengers in Norway, according to Ferjedatabanken figures reviewed by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK).

On Hardal’s platform, the government also promised to “introduce a plan with free ferries for islands and other communities without road connections to the mainland.”

Treasury Minister Vedham said the government is aiming to reduce all ferry prices by 50% and the shift will be gradual.

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