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Sweden observes silent minute for Norway

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 25 Jul 2011, 13:23

Published: 25 Jul 2011 10:44 GMT+02:00
Updated: 25 Jul 2011 13:23 GMT+02:00

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"To demonstrate Sweden's heartfelt participation the government recommends that the government broad adherence to the minute of silence," a government statement read.

And many people across Sweden heeded the call. A number of work places ceased activity and Twitter fell silent as users kept their fingers still after a weekend of frenetic activity.

The minute began at midday and was started by Norway's prime minister Jens Stoltenberg.

Stoltenberg has received warm praise for his response to the national tragedy which has so far claimed the live of 93 people. In an emotional speech at a memorial service on Sunday, Stoltenberg quoted one of the survivors.

"If one man can show so much hate, imagine how much love we can spread together," he said.

Sweden's foreign minister Carl Bildt emphasised the call for observance in a twitter post earlier on Monday, calling on everyone worldwide to stand up and reflect.

"Let us all - wherever we are in the world - observe the minute of silence at 12:00 (GMT+2) for all the victims in Norway."

In a later blog post, Bildt called for a vigorous defence of the "open society", citing Austrian philosopher Karl Popper and reflecting on comments he made on Sveriges Radio earlier in the summer.

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"I said... that the big showdown in the future would go between us who believe in and want to see an open society and those who in one way or another way to close us in and everything else out there."

"The bestiality we have experienced in recent days of deep tragedy will hopefully make us stronger in our conviction of the value of the open society."

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

13:42 July 25, 2011 by JulieLou40
You didn't give us much notice, did you? Article published at 10.44 a.m. I didn't even know about this until too late :(
00:28 July 26, 2011 by xexon
Some have already started to exploit this sad event. I came across this article in the Christian Science Monitor this morning:


I left them a piece of my mind. You should do likewise.

12:18 July 26, 2011 by gabeltoon
In my home town of MONTROSE,SCOTLAND people left a tribute of flowers at the statue of BAMSE the war time hero dog of the NORWEGIAN ROYAL NAVY to show our solidarity with the people of NORWAY. We ALL must try to get along with one another LIFE is too short for HATE.
12:27 July 26, 2011 by Mitche27
@xexon you should also see what Alex Jones is doing(also another nutcase)


I mean is everything is a conspiracy to this guy?
18:22 July 27, 2011 by tomas R

Of course it is very terrible thing. To kill peaceful people. I think that this man (killer) was very illness. He needs very strong psychological help. Nobody has a law to kill! But the most dangerous thing is that the terrorist acts could be in the future more. And nobody knows where and when.....

I observe silent minute for Norway too.

Tomas (Lithuania)
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