The red and blue of Norway's national flag are said to represent freedom.
'Freedom' is a 'good' that Norwegians value highly. They take pride in the openness of their society, in tolerance and liberal values. All this must depend to a large extent on trust within their communities. Will this trust be destroyed by the dreadful destruction of human life and property in Oslo and Utoyah Island yesterday?
I associate Norway with peace, probably because I've only visited as a summer holiday maker, touring its beautiful landscape, the last time 2 years ago for my nephew's wedding to a Norwegian. I don't associate it with fanaticism, urban bombings or mass shootings. Neither have the Norwegians, until now. They need our support and prayers.
For another post about shooting the innocent see Shooting People