Just under half of 47 reported hate crimes in Norway’s capital were directed against people of foreign origin last year, a new police report shows.
Topping the list of these 22 persons, which officers term as the “ethnicity” sub-category, were 10 from the Middle East – defined as Turkey, Arabian Peninsula states, Iraq, and Iran.
Hate crimes against people of African, Asian, and European origin were five, three, and one, respectively. There were two reports of hate crimes involving gypsies, and one involving anti-Semitism.
At the same time, Oslo police shelved 30 of the 48 reported incidents of hate crimes overall, according to their figures.
16 were not investigated further due to lack of evidence and 12 because they were committed by an unknown person.
“It is not correct that the police do nothing. Considerable efforts have been made in several cases,” state officers in the report.
Hate crimes due to sexual orientation accounted for 15 of 48 cases, total, whilst incidents involving religion, political views, and disability were six, four, and one, respectively.
“Nevertheless, there is room for improvement in handling hate crime cases by Oslo police. Work on improving is underway and must continue,” officers write.
Assistant Chief of Oslo Police Sveinung Sponheim tells NRK, “We’ve understood we have to pull our weight.”
“We must improve routines and knowledge. As a consequence, we’re out training every unit this,” he concludes.