This book and Nicolai's Fortune gave me a terrific preparation for a trip to Norway this month. I was able to speak with people I met there about many different aspects of their lives in a way I would never have been able to do without this detailed and thoughtful book.
I have been so saddened by the violence there, but as I watch the response of the PM, some of the victims and others speaking for Norway - I keep on returning to the chapter on Religion. For a country with a national church, the response to the tragedies has been the most humane, most loving, non hate-filled, non religion-spouting that I have heard in my 60 years. No mention of God or evil-doers in the English translations I have heard from Stoltenberg or others. I wish more people would take notice of this response - especially in a country that has an official church and no real church-state separation, and yet more church-state separation than I have ever seen in the US.
Thank you Solveig Torvik for opening my eyes to so much in this fascination country.