Bombed high-rise to stay standing

The former high-rise heart of Norway’s government’s headquarters survived a bombing three years ago and now won’t be demolished either. Prime Minister Erna Solberg confirmed on Sunday that the 17-story building known as “Høyblokken” will remain part of a newly redeveloped government complex in downtown Oslo. Solberg and her fellow government minister in charge of […]

Library prepares for major move

With Oslo’s brand-new main public library soon to be built near the Opera House at Bjørvika, the current library, which was damaged during the July 22 bombing in 2011, is already preparing for the move and shelving some of its book collection. Construction of the new Deichmanske Library, named for its original benefactor Carl Deichman in 1780, […]

Looking beyond the destruction

PHOTO FEATURE: Two years after a bomber attacked Norway’s government complex in Oslo, Norwegians could finally see for themselves how the buildings held up. State officials hosted an unusual “open house” that resulted in a weekend of reflection for many over the events of July 22, 2011, and over options for rebuilding. Hover your mouse […]

Folks flocked to bombed state hub

Thousands of Norwegians lined up during the weekend to get a unique look inside what used to be the hub of their state government. The future of the bombed-out buildings that made up the government complex is uncertain, but its high-rise centerpiece remains structurally sound, and determined preservationists want to keep the wreckers’ ball away. […]

A-ha reunites for memorial concert

The only Norwegian band ever to have been top of the charts in the USA, A-ha, will reunite for one time only to play at a special memorial concert for those killed in the Oslo bombing and Utøya shootings. A-ha, famous for their worldwide hit “Take on Me,” had retired after a world tour at […]

July 22 attacks commission appointed

Members of the independent commission to review the July 22nd terrorist attacks were named on Friday by Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. The commission will be led by Alexandra Bech Gjørv, who is a partner in the law firm Hjort, deputy chair of the board of Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) and a director of Norske Skog, […]

Police answer terror critics

The Norwegian police has rejected the idea that its response to the Oslo bombing and Utøya shootings could have been any faster under the circumstances, although promises have been made that the force will learn from any mistakes. Criticism has been forthcoming over recent days regarding why it took the police nearly an hour to […]

Breivik ‘knew al-Qaeda members’

Newspaper VG has revealed that the suspect for the Oslo bombing and Utøya shootings, Anders Behring Breivik, wrote a string of unchallenged posts on the web forum of the Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet, FrP) youth-wing’s website in 2002 and 2003 in which he put forward conspiracy theories and claimed to know “two people that have a […]

New criticism of terror response

As Norway’s initial mourning period comes to a close, Norwegian media have begun criticizing various police agencies for their response to the Oslo bombing and Utøya shootings. New details are also emerging about boat problems, the lack of availability of a helicopter and issues encountered in the post-crisis command structure. Police had already been criticized […]

Norwegians more giving after attacks

Norwegian giving towards the Somali famine appeal has been high, with an increase noted after the 22 July attacks on Oslo and Utøya. Aid organization Care Norway confirmed last week that they had received NOK 500,000 (nearly USD 91,000) in the first week of their campaign, but spokesperson Lisa Sivertsen stated in newspaper Aftenposten that […]