Today is our last day in Oslo. The weather is great again, sunny and in the high 60's.
I guess we are really lucky with the weather!! It did rain on us last night on our way to the hotel after dinner.
Our tour guide took us on the tram/streetcar/trolley to the "22 July 2011 Memorial" where Norway had its first terrorist attack. But what made it doubly horrible was that it was done by a Norwegian, one of their own! Norway had always thought of itself as a quiet, peaceful nation on the edge of Europe; after all, its legislators award the Nobel Peace Prize. Anders Breivik set off a car bomb in Oslo near the office of the Prime Minister, killing eight. Then, disguised as a police officer, drove to a Labor Party summer camp for children where he shot 69 young people and counselors.
Though Norwegians are often characterized as stoic, there was a huge outpouring of grief. Flowers flooded the square in front of the nearby Cathedral.
Breivik was arrested after the shootings on the same day. He is described by the police as a gun-loving fundamentalist obsessed with what he saw as the threat of multiculturalism and immigration to Norwegian values. His targets were the Norwegian government and politically-active youths-some only 14 years old-and their counselors at an island summer camp sponsored by Norway's center-left party.
Norway does have a growing immigrant population; 11 percent of their population.
Breivik was tried and found guilty. He received 21 years in prison; that is the harshest punishment Norway courts can give. They hope the person will be rehabilitated in that time. If they are not, the court can hold them in prison for 5 more years, reviewing their case every 5 years. Breivik is in this category. There is no death penalty in Norway.
We are on the outskirts of Oslo where we can stroll along the Akers River. This was the old industrial area of town where factories dumped their waste into the rivers There were so many textile factories that the rats even changed colors when the dye for fabrics were dumped into the river. Of course now it has become a trendy area for artists and students.
We took the tram back downtown.
We walked around the harbor area near our hotel. They were shooting a movie about the royal family during WWII. We could tell by the costumes they were wearing.
Then we visited the Nobel Peace Center. The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded here since 1901. There have been 130 laureates. The main exhibit presents a brief description of each winner and his or her work for peace.