A minute of silence was held across the Scandinavian countries today in honor of the victims of the terror attacks in Norway last Friday.
Several people, mostly teenagers, were gunned down at a Norwegian Labour party youth camp on the island of Utoeya. Simultaneously, a bomb was detonated in the Norwegian capital of Oslo just outside the Prime Minister’s office.
People across the world have offered their support and condolences.
“It was an attack against the very values that our countries are built upon. It was an attack against all of us,” Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen said in a statement.
Queen Elizabeth II has sent her condolences to King Harald and his people. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden has also publicly stated her distress and sympathy over the deaths on Swedish television, and has attended a memorial service in honor of the deceased. The Netherlands’ Queen Beatrix, along with her Prime Minister Mark Rutte, expressed shock at the attacks. President Obama of the United States telephoned Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg with his sympathies.
I am hoping to see statements from other Royal Families, especially since Princess Mette-Marit’s own family member was killed trying to protect others.
UPDATE: Condolences from heads of state
- Norway’s royal family to lead moment of silence for terror victims – Telegraph.co.uk (news.google.com)
- Norway terror suspect arrives in court (vanguardngr.com)
- Norway Gunman Kills 80 People After Oslo Bomb; Suspect Arrested (businessweek.com)
- Attorney: Norway suspect surprised he succeeded in alleged attacks (news.blogs.cnn.com)