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Crime in Norway - statistics & facts

Norway has experienced a decrease in criminal offenses over the past years. In less than a decade, the number of reported crimes declined by more than 80 thousand cases. While roughly 395 thousand criminal offenses were reported to the Norwegian authorities in 2012, the number had dropped to around 300 thousand cases as of 2020. From a population perspective, that was a change from 82.8 to 58.2 crimes committed per one thousand inhabitants between 2009 and 2019.

Victims and offenders

Consequently, the number of crime victims also decreased in the Scandinavian country over the past 10 years. While there were around 176 thousand victims of criminal offenses in 2009, roughly 142 thousand people were crime victims in 2019. In general, males were more likely than women to be exposed to a crime, especially considering property theft. By contrast, almost all victims of reported sex crimes were female, counting approximately 4.3 thousand people in 2019. Another gendered difference concerns offenders and criminals. While the number of people who were charged with a crime also decreased in recent years, males accounted for the most criminal suspects. In 2019, males were subject to more than 58.7 thousand prosecutions, compared to only 12 thousand females.

The most common crime

Theft, burglary, and robbery account for the most reported crimes in Norway. In 2020, 31 percent of all reported crimes were of such a character. Traffic crimes made up 18 percent of all criminal complaints, followed by violent crimes at 10 percent. Despite being the most reported crime, only 22 percent of all reported thefts, burglaries, and robberies were solved in 2020. With a clearance rate of 84 percent, traffic crimes were the most likely to be solved in Norway the same year.

Interesting statistics

In the following 5 chapters, you will quickly find the 34 most important statistics relating to "Crime in Norway".


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