> They've been called Generation Utoya, and Norway's youth are the most politically engaged in the country's history. On Monday, they might just decide the Norwegian general election. This, the generation most closely affected by the attack in 2011 when right-wing extremist, Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people.
69 of the victims, members of a labor party youth camp on the island of Utoya. Now, Norwegian youth are reacting against Breivik with their voting power. At the country's general election in 2013, 66.5% of 18 to 21 year olds cast ballots, up more than ten percentage points from 2009.
Reuters Oslo Bureau Chief Gladys Boucher says young people are in a strong position.>> Some of the issues they're interested in are school issues, school politics, how many teachers there are in their schools, whether there are nurses at school. But also the environment is very important. Whether there should be a future for the oil industry in Norway, whether we should be drilling for oil and gas in the Lofoten Islands in the Arctic.
And because your youth vote is so important this could be a determining factor in the election in Norway.>> 21 year old Anya Ariel joined the youth wing of the Labor party a few weeks after Breivik's attacks. She's now the general secretary of the far left red party's youth wing.
She told Reuters getting involved in politics was a natural reaction.>> I got involved because sort of that made sense to do at that point. In 2011, it made sense for me to be on the left side in politics and to, because after the terror attack, for me it was important to show that those right-wing extremists, they would never weaken the left side.
So, I thought the only logical thing to do was to join the union myself.>> Researchers have found that younger voters in Norway don't just care about education. The other big issue is the environment especially Norway's oil and gas production. Monday's election will tell us whether generation Utoya really has the deciding vote.