Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir encouraged all Icelandic residents to participate in a minute’s silence to honor the memory of the victims who fell prey to the tragic events of Friday last; the minute of silence was to be had moments ago tat 10 am local time or 12 pm Norwegian time. Prime ministers of the other Nordic countries encouraged their citizens to do the same.
In a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office it is stated that “Iceland will show the Norwegian nation its support and honor the minute of silence,” mbl.is reports.
Yesterday, Icelandic officials attended a memorial service in Reykjavík’s cathedral, Dómkirkja yesterday morning and later in the day quite a few made their way to the cathedral to light a candle for families and friends in Norway, ruv.is reported. In the service Bishop Karl Sigurbjörnsson and the Norwegian ambassador to Iceland emphasized the importance of fighting racism, xenophobia and prejudice toward all religions.
“Violence will not be tolerated,” Bishop Sigurbjörnsson told the congregation.