A controversial issue in Norway

The government district in central Oslo has been a major building site for several months. Ten years after the attacks of July 22, 2011, when right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik first detonated a car bomb in front of the Prime Minister’s office in the Norwegian capital and then a massacre among participants of the Norwegian summer camp Jusos on the island of Ut√łya, about 40 kilometers away and having killed 69 people, the construction of the ministries, which at the time was affected by terrorism, began. Finally, say many Norwegians, tired of the long debates on the pros and cons. Terrible, say others, who wanted to know more about the old one, who demonstrated against the demolition of damaged buildings and who saw in the plans of the new buildings too smooth, historically forgotten architecture.

Sebastien balzter

Editor in the economy of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

How will the memory of the attack and its victims one day find a place here, in the middle of Oslo, has still not been decided. It was the worst outbreak of violence in Norway since World War II. When state and society leaders, survivors and bereaved gather this Thursday for commemorative events on the tenth anniversary, talks will also revolve around this.

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