Changes within the Norwegian mentality since July 22, 2011 : a study of how the terror attacks on July 22, 2011 have changed certain aspects of the Norwegian culture
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Original versionAnderson, N. Changes within the Norwegian mentality since July 22, 2011 : a study of how the terror attacks on July 22, 2011 have changed certain aspects of the Norwegian culture. Master thesis, Telemark University College, 2012
In 2011 Norway experienced its first action of terror in peacetime. The response to this was very positive and admirable. The world looked on in awe as they watched a country in the grips of terror come together and create love out of something so negative. As time passed, this initially positive attitude shifted, especially in the country of Norway. Although all of the right steps were taken in terms of creating this experience a positive one, most saw this as Norway's chance to update some of their systems that were lacking efficiency. The proper wheels were set in turn to find these weaknesses, but the changes were not made after the problems became clear. Now, almost two years after the attacks, Norway is at a standstill and the people are getting anxious to see the changes made that they see necessary in order to be properly prepared if something of that magnitude was to happen again. The originally quiet, relaxed society is starting to speak out about their worries and views. Therefore, this thesis will bring you through the initial reaction to the country and how that reaction has changed. This while determining if Norwegian politician Per Olaf Lundteigen was correct in stating that the country is in need of a change in the culture of its leadership. In spite of the changes being made, they are coming quite slow and some of the simpler ones are not being made, creating an irritation within the society and causing them to speak out about their unhappiness; something that has not been characteristic of their culture before.