33 Utøya Survivors Can Be in the Norwegian Parliament

While Norway prepares for the parlimentary elections in September, a group of young politicians who experienced 22 July tragedy are having a different excitement. The governing Labor Party of Norway has nominated tens of the survivors of the terrorist attack to its parlimentary list for the upcoming elections in this fall. 

According to the latest poll results, 33 of these survivors will be in the parliement after the elections. 

About Norwegian parliamentary election, 2013

The 2013 parliamentary election is scheduled to be held in Norway on 9 September 2013. Elections in Norway are held on a Monday in September, usually the second or third Monday, as determined by the king. 

The election will be fourth for current Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg (Labor Party). Stoltenberg was previously defeated in the 2001 parliamentary election, but won both the 2005 parliamentary election and the 2009 parliamentary election. It will be the third election for the Red-Green Coalition, which was formed in 2005.

Although the opposition received more votes in the previous election, the governing Red-Green Coalition obtained more seats in parliament.

About Utøya Terrorist Attack

The 2011 Norway attacks were two sequential terrorist attacks against the government, the civilian population and a Labor Party Youth League (AUF)-run summer camp on Utøya Island on 22 July 2011, claiming a total of 77 lives.

The first was a car bomb explosion in Oslo within Regjeringskvartalet, the executive government quarter of Norway, at 15:25:22 (CEST). The explosion killed eight people and injured at least 209 people, twelve of them seriously.

The second attack occurred less than two hours later at a summer camp on the island of Utøya in Tyrifjorden, Buskerud. The camp was organized by the AUF, the youth division of the ruling Norwegian Labour Party (AP). A gunman dressed in a homemade police uniform and showing false identification gained access to the island and subsequently opened fire at the participants, killing 69 of them, and injuring at least 110, 55 of them seriously; the 69th victim died in a hospital two days after the massacre. Among the dead were personal friends of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and the stepbrother of Norway’s crown princess Mette-Marit. Also  517 participants of the camp survived with the civilians residing near the island.

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