Norway hasn’t just been named the best place to live and the spot with the best place to visit. The country has also topped the European chart in a surprising category, the nation with the greatest … amount of confiscated amphetamine.
Norwegian police have noted two alarming statistics in recent years – an overall decline in crime may partly be due to a startling lack of reporting, and much of the wrongdoing that is definitely taking place shows signs of being serious, organized crime.
An Aftenposten article noted that the Analysis and Intelligence branch of the National Criminal Investigation Service (Kripos) found that four out of five violent incidents were not reported to police and that half of all cases of theft and vandalism were not deigned worth the trouble of bringing to the attention of the authorities.
Meanwhile, Norway seized more amphetamines and methamphetamines than any other European nation, which indicated a growing problem with this type of drug – and also an increasingly efficient police force.
The authorities point the finger of blame at the Schengen Agreement which has made access to Norway easier for certain countries. There is a clear statistical rise in violations committed by Eastern Europeans (from Bulgaria, Russia, Poland, Lithuania and Romania) and the offenses are largely those associated with organized crime – drug and human trafficking, assault and auto theft.
Kripos also mentioned motorcycle gangs like the ‘Bandidos, Hells Angels and Outlaws’ as a focus of police attention.
The porn industry is usually considered a target of the vice squad, but a lateral thinking student doing her masters in educational science at the University of Oslo grabbed attention by proposing that the Norwegian state start offering custom-made blue movies for 14-year-olds.
Heidi Helene Sveen argued that since very many young teens were watching adult porn anyway, they should be given an offer of sex films more rooted in reality and with plot lines more relevant for their age group. While the first part of the argument is almost certainly correct, her solution did produce a certain amount of debate – even for a society with very few sex hangups.
Never a dull moment in the Norwegian media, and as noted many times before, nothing is better than something to argue about, the more panels of experts involved, the better.
I heard a particularly entertaining debate between Sveen and a representative for the porn industry, who didn’t do an especially convincing job of arguing that the idea was poor … because one vital point of porn was how unrealistic it was.
Given the reports one hears about how many youngsters actually believe that what they see in porn movies is supposed to be completely normal, one can’t help feeling Heidi Helene has a point, and that if nothing else, her suggestion could help puncture the spam industry, which seems to thrive on the market demand for huge throbbing monsters spraying bucketfuls into the air at hourly intervals.