Opening the ceremony, Frode Solberg from the Norwegian Embassy said:
“The terror deeds will affect us all for a long time. This last year we have had many answers, but there are still many questions. How could this happen in our open society.”
In a letter to his Norwegian counterpart Jens Stoltenberg, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt expresses his own and the Swedish government’s sympathies on the anniversary.
“It is just as inconceivable today as it was then,” he writes. “Our thoughts are of all the lives that were taken far too early, to the survivors and the dreadful memories that they carry every day, and to the families who were left in sorrow and loss.”
Reinfeldt concludes that Norway’s open and tolerant way of dealing with the disaster “has strengthened faith in the values of democratic society.”
Anders Behring Breivik’s 10 week trial ended last month, and he is awaiting the verdict. While there is no doubt he carried out the attacks, the judges must decide if he should be considered criminally sane and sentenced to prison, as requested by the defence, or follow the prosecution’s line and send him to a closed psychiatric ward. The verdict is expected to be announced on August 24.