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Jobseeker: ‘I hope I get to slaughter all of you’

A twenty-year-old Norwegian man sent a series of job applications in which he praised mass killer Anders Breivik and threatened to blow up his prospective employers.

Jobseeker: 'I hope I get to slaughter all of you'
Oslo's high court, where the man will be tried. Photo: Haakon Mosvold Larsen / NTB scanpix

The man, who unsurprisingly was not invited for any interview, has been charged by police and will appear in court next week. 

According to Norwegian web news site ABCnyheter, the man made his first threats in an application for a job at Akershus University Hospital.

In the middle of his application, the man wrote: “Damn racists. I hope I get to slaughter all of you soon. It's not so fucking strange that Anders Behring Breivik became a terrorist in Norway.” 

After failing to get that job, he applied for a job at a local council in Oslo. 

“What should I do?” he wrote in the application. “Yes, I tell you what I'll do. I'll blow you all to bits. Bomb the crap out of you all (…) Long live Anders Behring Breivik.”



Again, the man was not offered a position.



He then uploaded his CV to the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration's (NAV) website.

The CV included the phrases “I will get my revenge,”  “Death to all NAV dictators”, and “Long live the Islamic State”. 



The man's defence lawyer Bjørn Rudjord told Norway's TV2 broadcaster that his client planned to plead guilty to making the threats, but hoped to be able to explain that he had been feeling frustrated at the time.  

 

Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people in two separate attacks in 2011, by placing a bomb in the government quarters in Oslo and shooting 69 people at a political youth camp.

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Norway posts record number of vacant job listings

A record number of openings have been listed on the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration’s (NAV) job portal this year.

The job market in Norway is recovering from the pandemic quicker than expected according to Holte. Pictured is two employee's going over some paperwork
The job market in Norway is recovering from the pandemic quicker than expected according to Holte. Pictured is two employee's going over some paperwork. Photo by Gabrielle Henderson on Unsplash

Job vacancies on NAV’s job portal, arbeidsplassen.no. are at record numbers already this year, with two months of 2021 still to go. 

So far this year, around 433,000 jobs have been listed on the portal, surpassing the figure for pre-pandemic 2019. 

“Already now, at the end of September, we have even more vacancies through this year so far than we had throughout 2019,” Hans Christian Holte, director of Nav, told public broadcaster NRK

NAV estimates that by the end of the year, well over 500,000 vacancies will have been registered in 2021. 

Some industries stand out in particular when it comes to the demand for labour. Tourism and catering, daycare, sales and health sciences are all areas with significant demand for workers, according to NAV’s director.

Holte rejected the idea that Norwegians may be too picky about the types of jobs they are willing to take as a partial explanation for the vacancies. He instead said it was about people having the necessary skills. 

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In addition, he also said that the job market had recovered from the pandemic much quicker than expected. 

“We see that unemployment, in general, is back to the level it was before the pandemic. We actually expected this to happen next year,” he said. 

One trend concerning Holte is the rise in long-term unemployment in Norway. According to the NAV director, the number of people who have been unemployed for between one-and-a-half to two years has more than doubled since last year. 

“This is perhaps the biggest concern I have right now – there are the many who have been out of work for a long time. Maybe there are special reasons for it, such as gaps in the CV, language challenges, or health-related things. Norwegian society must now be good and help them back into working life,” he explained. 

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