Many Oslo residents still do not feel safe despite millions being spent over the last five years on improving security in the capital.
One of the areas NRK’s survey highlights is the bottom part of main shopping street Karl Johan around main railway station Oslo S, Jernbanetorget, and Oslo City shopping centre.
63 per cent of women and 46 per cent of men asked said they felt unsafe when there at night.
“Karl Johan has become a [type of] gathering place which a part of the population is not used to seeing in their communities. The challenge has been that many drug addicts gather in the centre and form a part of the cityscape,” said Oslo Mayor Fabian Stang.
Next on the list were Grønland and the main bus station, with 52 per cent women and 39 per cent of men, respectively.
Mayor Stang is saddened by the news residents do not feel secure in the city, saying more needs to be done.
“We must cooperate with the police and continue what we have started. We now have a good working relationship instead of pointing at each other. More police on the streets will make Oslo a safer city,” he told the broadcaster.
However the promises haven’t stopped taxi driver Ingrid Nygård deciding to leave Oslo after 45 years. She now feels unsafe in the capital, explaining that there are certain areas of the city she chooses to avoid.
“I never stop at a taxi rank in Grønland. I turn off the metre and drive away from the area if I’m there after having dropped some passengers off,” said the 69-year-old.
NRK’s entire poll statistics can be found towards the bottom of this page (external link, in Norwegian).
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