Alfaz honours Utoya victims

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Utoya victims
ANNIVERSARY: Alfaz residents pay their respects on the anniversary of the Utoya massacre Photo credit: Alfaz town hall

ALFAZ recently paid homage to the 77 victims of the Oslo and Utoya (Norway) massacres on the ninth anniversary of the atrocity.

Local residents, representatives of Alfaz’s Norwegian Community, Alfaz’s mayor and councillors laid red roses at the foot of the immense “Utoya” sculpture by the Basque artist Agustin Ibarrola in Albir’s Johan Gultang Peace Park park.

Alfaz’s mayor Vicente Arques called for a defence of solidarity, diversity, humanity and an “open and diverse” society to counteract terror and injustice.

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The choice of the Johan Galtung park was not casual as the Norwegian-born mathematician, sociologist and the founder of conflict-mediation discipline, is an Alfaz resident.

Alfaz, where half of the local population of 22,000 was born outside Spain,  is also home to the largest Norwegian community in Spain.

The town has 2,500 registered Norwegian residents although the true number is probably closer to 8,000.


Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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