In two weeks of travel around the country I saw the first Norwegian policeman in the capital – the city of Oslo. It is unlikely that all the guardians of the Norwegian order hid from me, as well as the option that there are no police outside Oslo at all is unlikely.
But nevertheless, the fact remains: there are very, very few police on the streets of cities and villages in Norway, while the crime rate is one of the lowest in the world. I wonder how they do it?
More secure than Norway, perhaps only in Iceland. But it is understandable, because only 350 thousand people live there on the entire island, who are all or close to each other distant relatives. You wouldn't steal from a relative, would you?
Although not so many people live in Norway, but still five and a half million people. There are also quite large cities like Bergen (more than three hundred thousand) and Oslo (700 thousand people). And the crime rate is still so low that no one even bothered to put a chain on in the previous photo.
Banner at the Oslo Football Festival
If there is any crime in Norway, it is mostly petty theft or drunken brawls. Well, or on the basis of mental disorders. There was a football festival in the center of Oslo when I was there. In the evenings, matches of some tournament were shown on large screens. People came, settled on the lawns and cheered for their favorite teams.
So, at the entrance to the festival there was a banner on which a warning inscription after Norwegian was written immediately in Polish and Russian. Apparently, they understand who is basically a hooligan…
Great weekend in Oslo
And finally, I will give one more example, which seemed to me very characteristic. One evening I was walking around Oslo and saw a drunken man on the embankment. A story, just like in a children's song: “Stands, bull, sways.” Moreover, he is naked to the waist and occasionally shouts something, probably indecent.
“Well, drunk and drunk,” I thought. “I have seen dozens and hundreds of them, if not more,” and went on his way. But I did not have time to move away even a couple of minutes, when a police car drove up to the gentleman. A couple of law enforcement officers came out of it – a guy and a girl – and went to the swinging troublemaker. “Well, that's it, now they will twist him into a sobering-up station,” I thought.
The further actions of the police put me in a stupor…
The very place on the embankment in Oslo< p class="article-render__block article-render__block_unstyled" data-points="8">The police approached the man, took out a blanket from the bag and covered the violator of the order – so as not to freeze, poor fellow! Then we started a long conversation with him. Why long? Because I walked along the embankment for another ten minutes at a slow pace until they disappeared from sight. And all this time they stood still and talked.
I'm directly imagining their conversation:
— Man, go home already.
– Girl, I still want to stand here. The weather is so good!
—But you stand naked and yell and embarrass people…
— Well, that's how I express myself. What's wrong with that?
In short, the little things in There are crimes in Norway, but globally the country is very calm. There is simply no need for the locals to break the law, because a significant part of the offense comes from poverty, and they are all right with this: if a person works, then he will definitely have enough for food, shelter and a brand new budget car.
Migrants also understand that if they break the law, they will be expelled from this country, and they are hardly better anywhere settle down. So it turns out that peace rests on universal prosperity. Why borrow someone else's when you have enough of your own?
What do you think is the reason for the low crime rate in Norway?