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Nordic Cities Gather Against Violent Extremism

Mayors from 12 Nordic cities and 150 city officials, experts, NGO’s and practitioners gathered today in Copenhagen City Hall to create safer Nordic cities through the Nordic Safe Cities network. The network consists of municipalities working actively to ensure trustful, tolerant and resilient cities that can prevent radicalization and violent extremism.

07.03.2017

Mayors from 12 Nordic cities and 150 city officials, experts, NGO’s and practitioners gathered today in Copenhagen City Hall to create safer Nordic cities through the Nordic Safe Cities network.

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Frøydis Johannesen

The network of municipalities commits to identify, innovate, accelerate and scale best practices from the Nordic region. The Nordic Safe Cities guide shows the best practice from towns in the Nordic region. This is not a closed network - new cities and municipalities are still welcome to join.

 - They hate our freedom and our democracy

The attackers have one thing in common; they hate us. They hate our freedom and our democracy, so we need to stand together to prevent them from attacking us.

Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen, welcomed the network to Denmark and shared his thoughts on being present during the Copenhagen attack two years ago.

- Copenhagen is not the only city in our region that has been hit. We still morn the lives lost in Norway six years ago. The attacker at Utøya was not a radical islamist, but a right wing extremist. This reminds us that extremism can come from both the right and the left, and that we need to fight all forms of extremism. However, the attackers have one thing in common; they hate us. They hate our freedom and our democracy, so we need to stand together to prevent them from attacking us, said Frank Jensen.

An important project within the Nordic Co-operation

Secretary General of The Nordic Council of Ministers, Dagfinn Høybråten is convinced that this is an important project within the Nordic Co-operation in today’s turbulent world. 

More views from the Secretary General on Nordic Safe Cities:

Contact andjam@norden.org if you would like the Nordic Safe Cities guide sent to you.

Contacts

André H. Jamholt
Phone +45 60 39 42 32
Email andjam@norden.org