NewsTracker Answers for week of July 25, 2011

Q: The suspect accused of carrying out a massacre at a youth camp in Norway and a bombing in the capital, Oslo, told police he carried out the attacks by himself. Where is Norway?

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Q: The attacks by the right-wing extremist and Christian fundamentalist killed 76 people and were the worst violence in the nation since World War II. Who occupied Norway in that war?

A. Russians

B. Germans

C. Swedes

D. Americans

B. Nazi Germany invaded neutral Norway in 1940 and occupied the country until 1945. Since the war, Norway became a founding member of NATO and the UN.

Q: The suspect had called for a Christian war to defend Europe against the threat of Muslim domination. How many of Norway's 4.7 million people are Muslim?

A. Nearly 2 million

B. Nearly 1 million

C. More than 500,000

D. About 150,000

D. Opposition to Muslim immigrants has spurred the growth of right-wing nationalist parties throughout Europe, including Norway with its tiny Muslim minority. While about 80 percent of Norwegians are officially members of the Church of Norway, surveys find that a large majority of people do not believe in god and very few regularly attend church.

Q: Before the attacks, security officials saw little threat from domestic political radicals and emphasized the dangers posed by Islamic groups opposed to Norways military involvement in Afghanistan and Libya. Norway's armed forces are . . .

A. All volunteers

B. All draftees

C. Volunteers and draftees

D. Foreign mercenaries

C. All Norwegian men a required to perform six months to a year of military service and remain in the reserves until age 35, or in some cases 60. Women as well as men may volunteer for military service.

Q: Norway has one of the lowest homicide rates in the world, and it's people are . . .

A. Better educated than the U.S.

B. Richer than the U.S.

C. Longer-lived than the U.S.

D. All of the above

D. Norway ranks first in the United Nations Human Development Index, which measures factors including life expectancy, per capita income and years of schooling. The nation has amassed great wealth from the profits of government-owned companies exploiting the nation's large oil and gas reserves.