It will be no ordinary election, but these are extraordinary times in Norway.
Standing side by side in solidarity with the victims of last month’s massacre, politicians have launched the campaign for local polls in September.
Personal and partisan comments were absent as electioneering began, later than originally planned, because of the twin attacks that killed 77 people.
Youth members of the ruling Labour Party were targeted by self-confessed killer Anders Behring Breivik. Norwegians remain united in grief.