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Norwegian King addresses nation in mourning. HRH King Harald urges the nation to maintain its belief in Norway’s democratic society and stay united following the recent twin killings. Expressing his condolences in tonight’s speech on TV at “a national tragedy we innermost hoped would never happen but nevertheless did,” HRH says, “the acts committed in Oslo and on Utøya is an attack on the Norwegian Society we cherish and Norwegian democracy’s core.” “We will spend a long time digesting and adapting to impressions, grief, and feelings, both as individuals and as a nation. We need one another during this process."

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Norwegian King addresses nation in mourning

Published on Saturday, 23rd July, 2011 at 22:41 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Alexandra Spinu   .
Last Updated on 25th November 2011 at 14:50.

HRH King Harald urges the nation to maintain its belief in Norway’s democratic society and stay united following the recent twin killings.

HM King Harald of Norway in 2010
HM King Harald of Norway in 2010
Photo: Sølve Sundsbø/Det kongelige hoff


Expressing his condolences in tonight’s speech on TV at “a national tragedy we innermost hoped would never happen but nevertheless did,” HRH says, “the acts committed in Oslo and on Utøya is an attack on the Norwegian Society we cherish and Norwegian democracy’s core.”

“We will spend a long time digesting and adapting to impressions, grief, and feelings, both as individuals and as a nation. We need one another during this process."

The Royal Family met young people who had survived and the families of the deceased at Sundvolden earlier today, lighting candles in memory of those who died.

“People all over the country have lost someone they love. Many children and young people are frightened today. We must take special care of them,” continues King Harald, saying many will find it important to be together, others will need time for quiet reflection.

HRH praises the police and emergency services, medical personnel, volunteers, and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and his government for their professionalism, as well as the nation, recalling its key qualities.

“The Norwegian Peoples’ strength, bravery, and solidarity become apparent when our nation is put to the test.”

“I hold fast in the belief that freedom is stronger than fear, in an open Norwegian democracy and society, in our possibility to live free and securely in our own country,” concludes King Harald.

Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre also stressed the importance of democracy and defiance in the face of what happened at a press conference this afternoon. Click here to read a transcript and watch the government video (external link).



Published on Saturday, 23rd July, 2011 at 22:41 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Alexandra Spinu   .
Last updated on 25th November 2011 at 14:50.

This post has the following tags: oslobombing, utoeyashooting, hrhkingharald, jonasgahrstoere, jensstoltenberg, andersbehringbreivik.





  
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