Normally in my director's message to you each month I feature a place or institution in Norway that may be of interest to you, but this month, I feel compelled to share something far greater, the core that has built those great institutions and nurtures ideas for making society better - the Norwegian Spirit. Norway is a small country, so everyone here feels deeply saddened by the events on 22 July and most have a personal connection to the victims. As we remember the fallen from the tragedy of the bombing in Oslo and the shooting at the youth camp on Utoya, we also see the resilience of the Norwegian People; compassion, courage, loyalty, kindness, bravery, and unity.
As the country continues to cope and rebuild, I am certain that the Norwegian Spirit will prevail and the support for young leaders that is so strong in this country will continue.
I would like to personally thank all of you who have sent messages expressing your concern, they are very much appreciated.