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The horrific events at Utøya and central Oslo on Friday 22nd July 2011 have profoundly affected both Norway and the international community. We have not been informed that anyone at Gard or their next of kin have been directly affected and our Oslo office is in normal operation.

However, our hearts go out all of those who lost their lives in the tragedy, those who were injured, those who are still not accounted for, and all their relatives, colleagues and friends. We are very grateful for the many kind words of sympathy received from colleagues, members, clients and other business associates around the world.

The Norwegian government has announced that there shall be one minute of silence in all of Norway as from 12:00 local time today on Monday 25th July. During this limited time, our switchboard will not be in operation and staff have been encouraged to turn off their mobile phones.