Photo: The Norwegian Embassy in Sarajevo.Photo: The Norwegian Embassy in Sarajevo

Report on the Norway attacks

8/13/2012 // The official independent commission has published its report on the terrorist attacks in Norway on 22 July 2011.

The independent 22 July Commission’s report was published in Norway on Monday 13 August 2012.

The commission was mandated to review and learn from the terrorist attacks on the Government Complex in Oslo and on Utøya Island on 22 July 2011.

All relevant material in connection with the 22 July Commission's presentation of its final report is online. You can read the report here.

Leader of the 22 July Commission Alexandra Bech Gjørv hands over the report til Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.

Leader of the 22 July Commission Alexandra Bech Gjørv hands over the report to Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. (Photo: Office of the Prime Minister/Torbjørn Kjosvold) 

“The 22 July Commission’s report is a milestone. It has put the facts on the table. It gives us a common understanding of what happened. It gives us a basis for learning. And most important, it gives us a basis for taking further action,” said Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.

Read the press release from The Office of the Prime Minister here.


The mandate of the 22 July Commission sets out that it is to examine the ability of the authorities and society as a whole to:

  • disclose plans of attacks and prevent such attacks,
  • protect themselves against and reduce the consequences of a future attack, and
  • deal with the situation during and after such events, including taking care of the injured and relatives of those killed or injured. The Commission is requested to take particular consideration of the fact that so many of those affected on 22 July were young people

An independent commission

The Commission is to be independent of the Government and the Office of the Prime Minister. It is to complete its work by 10 August 2012 and report to the Prime Minister. The Commission is free to bring in external expertise as needed for its work and to appoint its own secretariat. Importance has been attached to putting together a commission with a broad range of expertise.

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