King of Norway discusses attacks on Utøya

King Harald V of Norway and Queen Sonja of Norway serving on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in Oslo and on the island of Utøya in Oslo Cathedral Image: dpa

King Harald V spoke at a national memorial event honoring the victims of the Anders Breivik attacks. 77 people lost their lives in the attacks of July 22, 2011.

King Harald V of Norway asked his compatriots to tell young people about the terrorist attacks in Oslo and on the island of Utøya. “As a nation, we have a shared responsibility to initiate the July 22 teachings to new generations,” he said Thursday evening at a national memorial service in honor of the 77 people who died in the attacks ten years ago. “We owe it to all those who were killed, to their loved ones, to the victims and to ourselves. To become better people, to become a smarter people and to create an even better Norway for those who come after us.”

At the same time, the monarch stressed the need to recognize that Norway as a society has by far not done enough to jointly shoulder the burden of July 22, 2011 and counter the dark forces. He regrets it, said Harald.

Right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik killed a total of 77 people on July 22, 2011 with a car bomb in the government district of Oslo and a massacre among participants in the annual summer camp of the Party’s youth organization social democrat of the workers the Utøya. At a memorial service a month later, the King gave what was possibly the most difficult speech of his life. “I remain convinced that freedom is stronger than fear,” he then declared in tears. “I firmly stand by the belief in an open Norwegian democracy and society.”

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