Utøya commemorations underway

The island of Utøya was open for quiet reflection on Monday, ahead of Tuesday’s official July 22 commemorations on Utøya and at the government quarter in Oslo. This year marks the third anniversary of the terror attacks that left 77 people dead across the two sites. It’s the last year Utøya will look as it […]

Labour youth open AUF summer camp

Around 800 young members of Norway’s Labour Party are reconvening this week for their annual summer camp that was the target of a lone terrorist three years ago. They’re gathering again at Gulsrud on the Tyrifjord, not far from the island of Utøya where the terrorist unleashed his massacre, with a program aimed at both moving forward and […]

Labour’s youth group seeks new leader

AUF, the Labour Party’s youth organization, will be electing a new leader after its controversial boss, Eskil Pedersen, decided to give up the spot. He told newspaper Dagbladet on Thursday that he will quit at AUF’s next national convention in October, and may leave politics as well. Pedersen, who is openly gay and often engaged […]

AUF campers rally around Labour

Record numbers of young Labour Party supporters defied rain and chill along the Tyrifjord on Thursday in a massive pep rally before the September national election. They cheered and applauded their leader Eskil Pedersen, as he attacked the two women leading Labour’s biggest opposition parties. “It’s a paradox that two women (Conservatives’ leader Erna Solberg […]

Police on patrol as AUF camp opens

The Labour Party’s youth organization AUF, target of a lone gunman’s massacre two years ago, re-opened  its summer camp this week at a new location. It’s not far from where 69 persons were killed at AUF’s summer camp on the island of Utøya, but members said they feel safe with police on patrol. Security was […]