Erna Solberg changes New Year speech after Ari Behn’s suicide

Prime Minister Erna Solberg.Photo: Ørn E. Borgen / NTB scanpix

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Prime Minister Erna Solberg changes New Year speech after writer and artist Ari Behn took his own life on Christmas Day, the Prime Minister’s office has confirmed to Dagbladet.

“Mental health and suicide have long been an important topic for the prime minister and it is also in the New Year speech that was recorded before Christmas. In light of Ari Behn’s passing, it is desirable to make some adjustments in this part of the speech, out of concern for all who were fond of Ari Behn, and who are now affected by what has happened,” says Ida Dahl Nilssen at the Prime Minister’s Office to the newspaper .

Erna Solberg also posted on Facebook on Thursday in connection with the author’s passing.

“I want to express my deepest condolences to Ari Behn’s family, and bereaved by his tragic passing away. My thoughts go to everyone who loved him,” Solberg wrote on Facebook.

Ari Behn took his own life on December 25th, he was 47 years old.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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