Anders Breivik

Topics: Jens Stoltenberg, Norway, Norwegian Labour Party Pages: 4 (1696 words) Published: November 21, 2011
Anders Behring Breivik
Anders Behring Breivik, born in Oslo, Norway on February 13th, 1979, came from a broken home. His father, Jens Breivik, worked as a diplomat for the Royal Norwegian Embassy, and his mother, Wenche Behrin, worked as a nurse. The Breivik family lived in London together until his parents divorced in 1980. Anders was only year old at the time. Anders lived with his mother and half-sister on the west side of Oslo and frequently went to visit his father and his new stepmother in France. Jens and Wenche went through an ordeal of custody battles where he and his new wife fought to take him from his mother to raise him in Paris. They were never successful, and Anders was raised almost entirely by his mom.

He grew up with his mother, who remarried a Norwegian Army Officer when Anders was 12, in an affluent area on the West End of Oslo. In junior high school he was seen as a typical boy. A former classmate has described, “He was an alert but unremarkable boy at school. He was somebody who went along with the others. He wasn’t an outsider and he didn’t appear to have problems”. Others have stated that he was a good student and often tried sticking up for those who were bullied. At the age of 15 he choose to be confirmed into the Lutheran Church of Norway. Around this age he started becoming more rebellious. Him and a group of friends began partaking in graffiti, also know as “tagging”, around the city of Oslo. In 1995 at age 16, he was caught tagging and when his father found out he ended all contact with him. In his later teens he gained interest in weight training and started using anabolic steroids. He was rather insecure about his appearance and according to some of his friends, in his earlier 20’s he had cosmetic surgery done in the chin, nose, and forehead, although this claim has not been validated yet. At age 20 he became a member of Norway’s largest far-right group, Fremskrittspartiet (The Progressive Party), which he became chairman...
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