July 22, 2011, will be remembered as Norway's black day forever since the second world war.
A country enveloped by stunning scenery and landscape with barefly any ills in the society went through the most brutal terrorist attack on Friday killing 76 people by a right-wing extremist and the confessed perpetrator Anders Behring Breivik.
The 32-year-old Norwegian man attacked the famously egalitarian society in the known world depriving off the peace and fearlessness of the people.
Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said he felt the assaults were an attack on "the Norwegian model, the Norwegian democracy, our political system" and admitted that the country would be changed permanently by the attacks, but vowed to ensure it remains an open society.
Friday's first attack sparked off with a large fertilizer explosive detonated in the executive government quarter of Oslo, while police and emergency personnel were attending at the scene in response to the explosion, the second attack was launched at a youth summer camp organized by the youth organization (AUF) of the Norwegian dominant Labour Party (AP) at the island of Utøya in Tyrifjorden, Buskerud.
The authorities has described Mr Breivik as a right-wing fundamentalist Christian, obsessed with his idea of multiculturalism and Muslim immigration as a threat to the cultural and patriotic values of his country.
Although mr Breivik's lawyer Geir Lippestad said that his client's case indicates 'insanity' however there is very little chance Norway will dismiss the case of the man responsible for looting the nation's priced peace as a case of insanity.
The nation is fighting back, united in grief and coping, more than 100,000 flower-carrying Norwegians with candle lights thronged central Oslo on Monday evening in a vigil for the slained victims.
The Prime minister told the grimly adamant crowd gathered in the city centre: "Evil can kill a person but it cannot kill a people."
"The police are investigating all leads and all information leading to [Breivik's] involvement and looking into the possibility that he is a part of a network with more active cells with collaborators," Mr Henriksboe said.
The Prime Minister has said he would welcome a debate on the security and laws of his country after the investigation is complete.
Norway is the second least densely populated country in Europe. The 2008 Environmental Performance Index put Norway in second place, after Switzerland, based on the environmental performance of the country's policies.
Mr. Breivik was seized by the police at a Labor party camp on the island of Utoya, not far from the capital and is in custody.