New figures: Number of children charged with offenses in Norway increased by 52% since 2015

Norwegian policePhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB
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Almost 3,000 children under the age of 15 were charged with criminal offenses last year. That is an increase of 52% since 2015, according to Statistics Norway (SSB).

A total of 122,690 men and 20,752 women were charged with criminal offenses last year, according to SSB.

A total of 2,928 children under the age of 15 were charged with offenses in 2019, which is 52% more than in 2015. 

The last time the number of children registered as having committed crimes was that high was in 2010.

Violence and abuse

The figures show that just over 1,100 children under the age of 15 were charged with theft 1,500 times last year, the vast majority for shoplifting.

A total of 867 children in the age group 5-14 years were charged with violence and abuse in 2019.

In total, more than 1,200 charges were registered in this category, most of them against children between 13 and 14 years of age.

In recent years, more young people between the ages of 15 and 17 have been charged, especially when it comes to violence and abuse.

A total of 950 different people aged 15-17 faced charges 1,600 times for violence and abuse last year. 

That is 39% and 54% more, respectively, than in 2016.

Fewer drug offenses

Looking at the total figures for last year, there were 24,000 solved drug offenses. 

Here, 8,000 resulted in fines, and 10,900 ended with court prosecution. 

That is 45% and 35% less, respectively, than in 2014.

A total of 33,800 cases of violence and abuse were closed in 2019, which is an increase of almost 4% compared to the year before and nearly 10% more than in 2017.

In cases of abuse in close relationships, the figures are relatively similar in the last four years. 

Still, there are fewer cases that end in prosecution in the courts.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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