10 years of the two worst attacks in recent Norwegian history. They took place in Oslo, where a car bomb killed eight people, and on the now infamous island of Utoya, where the extremist Anders Behring Breivik shot dead 69 people participating in a summer camp. 33 of the victims were minors.
This July 22, in the center of the capital, a heartfelt tribute was paid to the victims of the considered the country’s greatest tragedy since World War II.
“We must not let hatred go unopposed,” recalled the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. “The terror showed us that it was necessary to strengthen preparedness in Norway. And we have worked on it systematically. In these ten years we have complied with all the recommendations of the commission of July 22. The country’s capacity to deal with terrorism and serious crime is stronger than ever. “
Breivik, a far-right Islamophobic lone wolf, was sentenced to 21 years in prison, extendable, after several months in which it was debated whether he was in full possession of his mental faculties, which was confirmed.
Utoya, located on Lake Tyrifjorden, about 40 kilometers from Oslo, has been a painful reminder of both what happened and what was not done right since then the police ended up recognizing flaws in their actions. Norway, a country until then not used to this type of attack, is now firmly convinced, as Solberg stressed, that this type of attack should not be repeated.