Norway’s 9/11

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I was doing some data coding on international homicide rates and when looking at the data for Norway I was reminded of how horrifying the 22/July attack was.  Anders Breivik killed 77 people, many of them teenagers.  The attack accounts for a doubling of the homicide rate for Norway in 2011.  These figures both put into context how horrifying the attack was, how small the population in Norway is, and how low the murder rate in Norway is.  I remember after the attack I heard reference to this as “Norway’s 9/11” but in context the number of people killed was a greater percentage of the population of Norway than the number of people killed on 9/11 was as a percentage of the U.S. population.  These figures really highlight this fact.

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