Large crowds in Oslo and around Norway expressed their feelings by holding roses. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Christian Hansson

An Attack on Norway’s Democracy

Last updated: 28/07/2011 // “If one man can show so much hatred, imagine how much love we can show together.” So said a young woman who lost friends on the island of Utøya during the attacks of Friday 22 July. The quote has been widely embraced by survivors, families and political leaders in Norway.

At 15:20 on Friday 22 July, a bomb exploded outside Government offices in the centre of Oslo. A few hours later a gunman attacked the annual summer camp of the Labour youth movement on Utøya. Many people died and many more were injured in these attacks.

In response to these atrocities Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre has said, “Norway has consistently advocated the values of democracy, rule of law, freedom of speech and human rights. The attacks in Oslo will not change our politics, values and the way we engage internationally.”

Mr Støre added, “The Norway that you meet tomorrow will be recognisable.”

For up-to-date information on how Norway is responding to this tragedy, please see the Foreign Ministry’s English website.

Anyone who wishes to express their sympathy is invited to write a message in Norway’s official online book of condolences.

The international community’s response has been overwhelming, warming the hearts of survivors, their families and the people of Norway. Here are some photos from our embassies around the world (click “slide show” and then “info” to see where they are from). These images have been published and shared with the people of Norway.

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