Utøya survivors still struggling

Forty percent of the young Labour Party supporters who survived a massacre at their summer camp on the island of Utøya two years ago are still suffering from flashbacks, anxiety and depression. A new survey shows that 30 percent of the parents of Utøya victims are suffering as well. The survey, conducted by the Norwegian […]

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 […]

It ‘takes time’ to rebuild after terror

A team of volunteers with personal ties to the island of Utøya, where 69 young members of the Labour Party were massacred nearly two years ago, have been carrying out maintenance  work and making some safety improvements. Planned redevelopment of the island, however, has been indefinitely postponed, as has redevelopment of the government’s bombed-out headquarters […]

No funeral leave for Breivik

Norwegian prison authorities have, as expected, turned down a request for funeral leave from convicted terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 persons in a bombing and massacre in the Oslo area 18 months ago. The authorities claim the security risk is too high. Breivik’s mother, Wenche Behring Breivik, died last last week after a […]

Researchers study Utøya survivors

Researchers in Oslo and Bergen are set to study the brains of young survivors of the massacre on the island of Utøya two years ago. Their goal is to determine whether the trauma experienced by survivors fleeing the gunman’s rampage left lasting changes among those under age 25. Newspaper Bergens Tidende reported on Monday that […]

More compensation for terror victims

The victims and survivors of last year’s terrorist attacks in Norway qualify for compensation from the state, even though the convicted terrorist who carried out the attacks was directly responsible for the death and injury he inflicted. This week came word that compensation amounts were being nearly doubled beyond the state’s first offer, because of […]

Trade minister turned author

Trond Giske has been making lots of headlines in recent months as Norway’s busy and sometimes controversial trade minister, but he’s also managed to find time to write a book. Giske teamed up with former AUF vice-chairman and political adviser Jo Stein Moen to write a book on Utøya, the island now infamous around the […]

Utøya’s future caught in conflict

Conflicts continue in the aftermath of last year’s July 22 terrorist attacks, most recently over the future of the island where convicted terrorist Anders Behring Breivik carried out his massacre, and over the compensation and aid given to victims and their families. Meanwhile, police say it’s a full-time job to monitor all the mail Breivik […]

July 22 attacks left many scars

New studies are showing how the attacks of July 22 last year have left many scars and changed various aspects of Norwegian society. More than 70 percent of those who survived the massacre on the island of Utøya now suffer from anxiety or depression, Norwegians have less faith in their police, and a vast majority […]

Plans for ‘New Utøya’ meet opposition

The Labour Party’s youth organization AUF is running into strong opposition to its plans to redevelop the island where 69 persons were killed and scores of others wounded at last year’s AUF summer camp. Debate has also flared up again over AUF leader Eskil Pedersen’s decision to flee the island when the shooting began. Pedersen […]