On August 10, the Municipality of Bærum experienced the unimaginable in our neighborhood. A terrorist attack directed at the Al-Noor mosque, and the murder of a 17-year-old girl. We realize that the consequences could have been much worse, had it not been for the heroic efforts of two elderly men from the mosque who managed to overpower the terrorist. Yet, we have lost a young girl, and many have lost their sense of security. Our society has been shaken.
Nordic City to City Stories
The Nordic City to City Stories are Nordic best cases shared by cities. Each month we will follow a city and tell their story on how they work to prevent and counter violent extremism. The City to City letters are opportunities for cities to highlight the challenges they are facing, and the innovative approaches they have taken to overcome these issues. The aim is to share these cases for cities across the world, giving an into-depth understanding of the methods.
Please find below our first two City to City stories.
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100 days have passed since our Nordic Safe Cities innovation camp in Asker, Norway, where member cities and organisations from across the Nordics spend two days re-thinking and re-booting their approach to safeguard cities from violent extremism. We have contacted the Nordic Safe City case leaders who have been working on their concepts since the camp….