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‘We have a responsibility to go back to Utøya’

The leader of the Norwegian Labour Party's youth league (AUF) has spoken of the group's "responsibility" to return to Utøya, the site of the brutal gun massacre perpetrated in 2011 by mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik.

'We have a responsibility to go back to Utøya'
'Square', a new building on Utøya which will hold a kitchen, dining room and meeting rooms. Photo: Jørgen W. Frydnes/AUF
“We need to do this. We have a responsibility to continue the history of Utøya, not just as a dark history, but also as a bright history,” Mani Hussaini, the AUF's new chairman told Norwegian broadcaster TV2.
 
The AUF's decision to return to the island this year for their annual summer camp for the first time in four years has been controversial, with some survivors of Breivik's attack arguing that the wounds are still too raw. 
 
“Four years is too little time for many. The rhetoric about taking Utøya back has become to literal. I didn’t think I would react so strongly, but I have,” 21-year-old Viljar Hanssen,  who survived being shot in the head by the killer, told broadcaster NRK.
 
Since Breivik's attack, the AUF's buildings on on island have been changed significantly, a development opposed by many survivors. 
 
The café building, where 13 people were killed has been turned into a place where people can learn more about the attack, with 69 wooden pillars holding up the roof to symbolise those who perished. 
 
“The building is to be used to teach by coming generations about what happened here, what the ideals were during the attack, and how we as a society should strive for this to never happen again,”  Hussaini
said. 
 
A memorial site has also been created.
 
“It’s a place to come alone or with others. The memorial is made up of tree trunks in a circle, and a ring of steel with the names and ages of those who died on 22 July.” 
 
Three other new buildings, for the debates, a new café, and other activities, have also been constructed in place of those that were there in 2011.
 
This year’s summer camp starts on August 7 and will have international solidarity as a theme.

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Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday 

Find out what's going on in Norway on Tuesday with The Local's short roundup of important news.

Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday 
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Only one in ten Norwegians plan to travel abroad this summer 

Around ten percent of people in Norway are planning to take a holiday abroad this summer, according to a survey carried out by tourism organisation NHO Reiseliv.

Seven out of ten respondents said they still plan to holiday in Norway this year, even if they receive a vaccination before the holidays start.

READ MORE: ‘My arguments didn’t matter’: How I ended up in a hotel quarantine in Norway 

Viken and Vestland are this year’s most popular travel destinations for Norwegians planning a “staycation”. Young people were the most likely to want to remain in Norway this summer. Just under half of those aged between 18 and 29 said they wished to stay in Norway this summer. 

Third of Utøya survivors have received abuse or threats

A third of Utøya survivors have been victims of hate speech or received threats, according to a new survey. 

Three-quarters of respondents said that the reason they received the abuse was linked directly to the Utøya terror attack, the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Studies (NKVTS) found. 

The massacre on Utøya was the second of two terror attacks carried out by Anders Breivik on July 22nd, 2011. Of the 69 people who died in the attack, 32 were under the age of 18. 

Fewer in Oslo willing to ditch cars 

A climate survey carried out by the city of Oslo has shown that fewer people than before are willing to cut back on using their cars. The proportion of those who think that Oslo city centre should be car-free has fallen to 45 percent from 52 percent last year. 

READ ALSO: Could Norway introduce mandatory inbuilt car breathalysers 

When asked whether Oslo City Council had gone too far in removing cars from the city centre, almost half said that they believed that this was the case. 

“A change in the attitude around these measures may be due to more people feeling dependent on cars during the pandemic. There has been a lot of debate about measures that have been introduced or are planned to be introduced,” Heidi Sørensen, Director of the Climate Agency, told the Dagsavisen newspaper

Tighter Coronavirus measures in Trondheim 

Gyms, museums and swimming pools have been closed, and alcohol service in hospitality has been stopped in Trondheim. The new measures come barely a week after restrictions were last tightened. 

“We need to shut down most of Trondheim to get control. It is only days since we last tightened measures, but we are in a situation where we must take even stronger action,” Morten Wolden, the municipal director for Trondheim, told state broadcaster NRK.

Norway reports 292 new Covid-19 cases

On Monday, 292 new coronavirus infections were registered in Norway. This is a drop of 52 compared to the seven-day average of 344. 

In Oslo, 48 cases were recorded, an increase of two on the capital’s seven day average of 46. 

The R-number or reproduction rate in Norway is currently 1.0. This means that every ten people that are infected, will, on average, only infect another ten people, indicating that the infection level is stable. 

Total number of Covid-19 cases so far. Source: NIPH
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