Is Norway Safe? Crime, Scams and Travel Safety Tips

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Norway is a very safe place for travelers, but here are a few tips to keep you safe while exploring the wilderness and streets of Norway's cities.

Beautiful summer landscape panorama with yellow wooden traditional houses on the sea near mountain range in background, Lofoten Islands, Norway Photo © Getty Images/Tatsiana Volskaya

Overall, Norway is a very safe country, with very low levels of crime compared to the US and other European countries. Oslo, Norway's capital and largest city, does have a few issues with petty crime and scams. 

Petty crime in Norway

Theft of credit cards, passports and other valuables such as cameras occur in Norway, and is 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 increasing in Norway, but relatively rare. This is particularly problematic in Eastern Oslo and run down areas where gang and drug related crime is prevalent. Rape is another problem in Eastern Oslo, 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 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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1 Comment

  • DOnt come to norway said

    WHy the HELL would anyone come to Norway..

    People here wan to escape norway.. not come here LOL

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