“22. juli kommer til å være en del av vår identitet i lang tid. Grunnleggende sett er Norge det samme samfunnet som vi var”.
“22. July is going to be a part of our identity for a long time. Norway is the same society as we were”.
Today it is the first anniversary of the bomb and shooting attacks in Oslo and Utøya island. Last year, on July 22, 77 young victims lost their lives, and a peaceful and democratic nation was shocked. Today, during the cerimony at the bomb site, Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said:
“The bomb and the gun shots were meant to change Norway. The Norwegian people answered by embracing our values. The perpetrator lost. The people won.”
Violence and Terror had not succeeded in the goal of destroying Norway’s commitment to being an inclusive, multicultural society.
Violence and terror had not change Norway.
My heart is completely with Norwegian people today.