Post offices face major shutdown
June 12, 2012
"...The Norwegian postal service (Posten Norge) announced Tuesday that it will shut down 149 post offices by 2014, with only 29
surviving the massive closures in Norway plus one on the Norwegian-controlled Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. The move will affect around 1,000 postal employees and itâ€™s already been approved by the Norwegian Parliament.
Fully 149 of Norway's 179 post offices will be shut down over the next two years. This one, at Solli Plass in Oslo, is among those to be converted to a counter inside a local retail store.
Norway only has 179 post offices left after earlier shutdowns and creation of the so-called â€śPost i butikk,â€ť system, in which postal counters have opened up inside varous retail establishments like grocery stores around the country. The parliament voted late Monday night in favour of allowing the postal service to replace 149 of the countryâ€™s remaining post offices with postal counters in retail outlets.
A press release from officials at Posten said Norway will be left with 30 post offices, including seven in Oslo, and around 1,400 retail branches." [more]
Thanks to "wt1"