Oslo has started to get back to normal. Police have reopened some streets around the blast area and vendors have started to do business again.
The prime minister’s promise that Norway would not be intimidated has found resonance on the streets where two people talked of their determination to remain unbowed by the attacks.
“I think what has happened has brought the people together and we’re all taking a stand together for peace and for democracy,” said Rati Goel. Maria Sanchez, a Spanish woman working in Oslo, added that “one guy cannot stop the way of life, the way of living here in Norway – I think that is important.”
In Oslo business has boomed for florists and with a single rose costing almost eight euros, shop owners are making a lot of money, though as one admits in tragic circumstances.
“We have made a lot of money,” admitted Sezar Kayri, “but I wish it hadn’t happened.”
The rose has become the symbol of mourning for Norwegians and many florists are struggling to meet demand while others are remaining open 24 hours a day.
It is evidence of the pain and sorrow that remains across the country.