Doubting there will be more families in Longyearbyen

Union steward Arild Olsen at Store Norske is certain that changes in the tax rules will not lead to a more robust family community in Longyearbyen.

'This will probably be a negative burden for Store Norske', Arild Olsen says. He is worried about the tax changes.
"This will probably be a negative burden for Store Norske", Arild Olsen says. He is worried about the tax changes.
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Olsen said he is, to put it mildly, unhappy about the changes taking effect as of the new year.

"This will probably be a negative burden for Store Norske, which will make it ever harder for the company to get into plus territory. It will be harder to hold onto expertise, not to mention difficult to choose experts from the top shelf," Olsen said. He estimates the loss for current commuters when the new rules (see fact box) enter into force will be between 80,000 and 110,000 kroner a year.

Losing the carrot
Store Norske has no commuter arrangement, although many of the employees choose independently to do so. The company is one of several in Svalbard using rotation schedules. The shifts – which may consist of 14 days continuously at work and 14 days off, for example – can be difficult for many. However, such arrangements have their advantages.

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