Overall, Norway is a pretty safe country with very low levels of crime compared to the US and other European countries. Like most major cities around the world, Oslo has its share of petty criime and troubles.
Theft of credit cards, passports and other valuables such as cameras occur in Norway and most probably fuelled by drugs related criminal activity. Most crimes reported to police are theft related, mostly centered around transport services and the inner city areas so be aware of your surroundings and belongings when in these areas.
Gun crime is on the increase in Norway but relatively rare. This is particularly problematic in Eastern Oslo and run down areas where gang and drugs related crime is prevalent. Rape is another problem in Eastern Oslo that is on the increase and women should avoid walking through these areas alone and particularly at night. The US Department of State reports that sexual assault crime increased in 2016, mostly large assault cases with many victims.
Visitors should avoid buying bootleg goods in Norway as there are strict restrictions on counterfeit and pirated material. If you buy something you could find yourself on the wrong side of the law in Norway very quickly.
There has also been a recent email phishing scam purporting to be from a Norway.com email address with a link asking people to enter personal details. This is not an authorised email account and people are advised not to enter credit card and personal details into these types of emails. Similar phishing has been seen from the Norway Savings Bank which officially never asks for passwords and personal details by email.
The vast majority of visitors to Norway have a problem free stay. A little vigilance and care helps prevent problems with crime related activity.
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