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Norway ends mourning period with service

Norway's prime minister urged his countrymen to look after each other and be vigilant for intolerance, as the nation concluded a monthlong mourning period with a candlelit memorial service Sunday to the 77 people killed by a right-wing extremist.

Speaking at the ceremony in Oslo, Jens Stoltenberg said "we need you. No matter where you live, no matter which god you worship, each and every one of us can take responsibility and can guard freedom."

Anders Behring Breivik, a 32-year-old Norwegian, has admitted to carrying out the July 22 killings -- first detonating a car bomb that killed eight people outside government offices in Oslo, and then shooting dead 69 others at a youth camp on the island of Utoya, about 25 miles away.

The prime minister, who received standing ovations from the 6,700 relatives, survivors and officials in the audience during his speech, said "together we are an unbreakable chain of care, democracy and safety -- that is our protection against violence.

"Today, time stops in order to remember those who died," Stoltenberg added. "We do it as one nation. Every candle has warmed, every thought has comforted, every rose has given hope. We are a small country, but we are a large people."

Norwegian singer-songwriter Susanne Sundfoer opened the memorial service with a heartfelt performance of a popular Norwegian song "My Little Country," which has taken on special significance since the terror attacks and left many in the audience quietly wiping away tears.

Addressing the somber gathering, Norway's King Harald said he felt for each person in the country, but that he was certain Norway would surmount its pain.

"I firmly believe that we will uphold our ability to live freely and securely in our country," he said.

As the names of each one of the 77 victims were read out loud, some relatives broke out in loud sobs while others sat in silence.

Elsewhere in the city, flags flew at half-staff as people lay flowers and children blew soap bubbles outside the cathedral.

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