Makes ready for booming traffic
Norway doubles its capacity for passport control at the border to Russia as traffic peaks.
43 percent increase in border-crossings in February compared with the same month last year. Storskog border station is not dimensioned for the sharply increase in border-crossers between Russia and Norway. Builders are working overtime to expand the border station.
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Two new passport control windows will double the capacity upon entry to Norway. The police in charge of the border control hope to get eGates for automatic document control. Eight additional immigration officers will be employed to avoid more chaos in peak-hours.
16.597 border crossings took place in February, up from 11.608 the same month last year and a doubling from February 2010 when 8.524 border-crossings were counted.
The increase is mainly due to more Russians crossing into Norway for shopping.