Havard Narum, a political columnist for Norway's Aftenposten newspaper, said he expects the Labor Party to enjoy a short-term boost as a gesture of sympathy. In recent years, the Labor Party — historically the dominant party among Norway's young — has been losing support to right-leaning rivals, such as the Conservative Party and the Progress Party.
Breivik may have succeeded in drawing attention to his anti-immigration views, Narum said, but his tactics may have made the climate too sensitive for right-wing parties to even raise the issue in the foreseeable future.
The long-term political impact of the attacks remains unclear. "But one way or another, I believe this will have consequences for the whole political climate for quite a long time," Narum said.
As the identities of more victims are released and funerals take place nationwide, parents are also grappling with how to answer their younger children's questions and ease their fears.