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Norway Prime Minister: We will Fight for Openness, Tolerance and Diversity

Prime Minister Erna Solberg encourages everyone to stand up against radicalization and extremism in her speech. The confidence we have in each other in Norway is our greatest strength, adds she.

Solberg also advocates to include everyone in the Norwegian community.

– Memories of July 22 oblige us all. We must continue to stand up for our fundamental values. We will fight for openness, tolerance and diversity, and we will work every day to defend and develop the Norwegian democracy, said Erna Solberg when she spoke at the ceremony in the government quarter this morning.

Commemorating the 77 people killed in terrorist attacks in the government quarter and Utøya on 22 July 2011, Solberg said their memories and the overwhelming feelings after the attacks are still strong. She also reminded how Norwegians responded to this violence with unity and by taking care of each other. 

Solberg points out that nobody can undo what happened, but stresses that society has to work to be better equipped for these kinds of tragedies.

– We can not defend ourselves against all hazards through preparedness. The most important thing we can do is to stand up against radicalization and violent extremism. The confidence we have in each other in Norway is our greatest strength, says Solberg.

Erna Solberg also thanks her predecessor Jens Stoltenberg for his leadership after July 22.

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