Anti-terror exercise pointed up trouble

PHOTO: Forsvaret/Didrik Linnerud

Another anti-terror exercise aimed at testing Norway’s preparedness has revealed ongoing coordination problems between the military and the police. One terror researcher at the University of Bergen said the problems almost seem insurmountable. “I was a bit suprised that it (the exercise) went as badly as it did,” said Kjetil Stormark, leader and editor of the […]

Long waits to see new July 22 center

Public interest is so high in the new July 22 information center at Norway’s bombed-out government complex in downtown Oslo that officials are warning of long waiting times to get in. Some people are standing in line for over an hour to see the exhibits. The 22 July Center opened last week on the fourth anniversary of a […]

Future memorials to be toned down


The Norwegian government and victim support groups have held memorial ceremonies every year since a right-wing gunman killed 77 people on July 22, 2011, 69 of them on the island of Utøya. That will end with the fifth anniversary next year, according to the head of a national victims’ support group, who says it’s time to tone down […]

Labour’s youth group sees huge post-July 22 growth

The Norwegian Labour Party’s youth group AUF has seen its membership grow by more than 40 percent since it was attacked by a right-wing extremist on July 22, 2011. The attacks both on AUF’s summer camp island of Utøya and on the government complex in downtown Oslo clearly have inspired support. “I got involved because […]

July 22 victims’ parents still struggling

A new survey shows that 51 percent of the parents of those killed by a right-wing extremist on July 22, 2011 are still on long-term sick leave, or not back at work full-time. More than two-thirds are still struggling with intense grief, four years after the attacks. Newspaper Aftenposten reported Wednesday, on the anniversary of the […]

Tears, gratitude at July 22 memorials

Jens Stoltenberg, the former Norwegian prime minister who now serves as head of NATO, was back in Oslo on Wednesday to take part in memorials to victims of the attacks on his government four years ago. At left, his former foreign minister and successor as head of the Norwegian Labour Party,  Jonas Gahr Støre, and behind him, one of his predecessors, Labour Party matriarch Gro Harlem Brundland. At far right, Sindre Finnes, husband of Norway's current prime minister, Erna Solberg. PHOTO: KMD/Tore Fjeld

UPDATED: He didn’t make any speeches this year, but Norway’s former prime minister Jens Stoltenberg was back in Oslo on Wednesday to attend memorials to the victims of the July 22 attacks on his government and Labour Party four years ago. The memorial ceremonies cut across political lines, and Stoltenberg, now secretary general of NATO, […]

Terror memorial opens to public

The new 22 July Center is opening within the bombed shell of the former Office of the Prime Minister and Justice Ministry in downtown Oslo. PHOTO:

It’s been four years since a young, ultra-right-wing Norwegian man killed 77 people on the 22nd of July, 2011, because he was angry at the government for allowing too much immigration. As Norwegians remember that day of terror carried out by one of their own, a memorial center was opening to the public to make […]

Center Party politician faced expulsion

A small-town politician for the rural-oriented Center Party was told this week that he’d be expelled if he didn’t resign voluntarily, after a social media group he runs became an arena for ultra-right-wing extremists who published hateful comments about Islam and muslims. Jan-Ove Fromreide told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) Monday afternoon that he would leave the party, and had asked […]

Yara case set off Libyan probe

This was the fertilizer plant in which Yara invested at Marsa El Brega in Libya, around 700 kilometers east of Tripoli. The plant was formally launched in 2009. Just two years later, NATO launched its bombing raids on Libya, in which Norway part. Dictator Moammar Gadhafi's regime was toppled but Libya sunk into chaos. Yara, which itself is 36 percent owned by the Norwegian state, had to close the plant in January 2014 in the face of terrorist attacks. PHOTO: Yara

Norway’s biggest corruption investigation ever, into alleged bribes paid by former top executives of Oslo-based fertilizer giant Yara International, has also set off a much larger international probe to hunt down money from the regime of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Oslo newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reports that it all started in 2012 with an inquiry from a police investigator […]

More politicians question Norway’s Libya involvement

Leaders of the small parties represented in Parliament are increasingly questioning whether it was right for Norway to take such an active role in NATO’s military attacks on Libya in 2011. Two of the parties even sat in Norway’s Labour-led government at the time, but with Libya now in chaos, they’re grappling with regrets. The […]