Tore Eikeland

Tore Eikeland, born on Osteroy in 1990, was a politically-prodigious young Norwegian. He was a passionate speaker and activist, concerned and involved with social and developmental issues both at home and abroad. At 16, he already led the ruling labour party’s youth wing, and was one of the founding members of the Social Democratic Network of European Youth. Two years later, in 2009, whilst commencing a Bachelor of Arts in politics,  he led the Labour Youth League in Hordaland County for the first time, and was selected to be part of the county council shortly afterwards. In 2011, only a few hours after partaking in discussions about North-South relations led by the former Norwegian prime minster, Tore was tragically killed in the massacre of Utøya. After his death, the current Prime Minister gave a special mention to Tore in a memorial service for those murdered in the incident, marking him out as one of Norway’s most promising and talented young politicians. In Tore’s short life he played a part in national and international politics far beyond his years, and he - and his passion about third-world development and democratic awareness - deserve to be remembered, and to find an alternative channel through which they can make an impact. We hope to give his ideas a voice, and to enact the life-changing vision he has left behind.

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Tore's Vision

The murder of Tore Eikeland in the massacre at Utøya was a grave loss to the Norwegian political community, and the future of Norwegian politics: he had been widely recognised as an upcoming voice in democratic development, one of Norway’s most gifted young politicians. Tore firmly believed that any form of economic change must start with education from an early age to change cemented political view points; that instilling democratic principles in young people would foster a new atmosphere of fair, free and thoughtful decision-making, and an attitude of questioning which methods are best. He is widely remembered in Norway, yet we want to ensure that his vision and ideals also gain a form of concrete memorialisation as well.

Tore’s Charity

Tore’s Foundation and the Tore Community projects have been established in memory of Tore and embed his principles in their heart. For Tore, practical help through supplying resources can only help in the short term, treating the symptoms but not the cause: he believed that the root of the problem of poverty lay simply in a lack of knowledge and awareness, and that it was therefore necessary to foster democratic principles in children from a young age which would later inform their communities and nurture a more liberal spirit. We hope that, through education, collaborative activities to improve confidence, and debate to aid knowledge and argumentative skills, we will create in these communities the democratic political environment that Tore envisaged, and that this will have long -term economic benefits.

“Tore Eikeland was one of our most talented young politicians. I remember him being met with acclaim by the whole Labour national congress when he gave a stirring speech against the EU Postal Directive, and won the debate. Now he is dead. Gone forever. It is incomprehensible”

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg – Memorial address for the Victims of the 2011 Norway attack