Between the years of 2000 to 2012, security officials in Norway arrested 1,585 Nigerians for drug trafficking crimes. In 2012 alone, there were 432 Nigerians arrested for drug trafficking in the country.
Source: Eguene Agha, “Nigeria: 1,585 Nigerians Arrested in Norway Over Drug Trafficking,” AllAfrica, March 20, 2013.
According to the director of a electronics transaction consultancy, around 70 percent of the cash that is in circulation in Norway is used for criminal activities and to help launder money. Almost none of the cash in circulation is used to purchase goods in retail stores.
Source: Spandas Lui, “Mobile phones the only tech to rid dirty money: Expert,” ZDNet, October 17, 2012.
A study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, cocaine use in cities in Switzerland is among the highest in Europe.
Everyday, up to 1.5 grams of cocaine is consumed by every 1,000 citizens in the Swiss cities of Bern, Geneva, Lucerne and Zurich.
In other European cities such as Barcelona, London, Milan and Paris, between 0.5 to 1 grams of cocaine is used by every 1,000.
Norther European cities had the lowest reported levels of cocaine use, with Stockholm, Oslo and Helsinki registering 0.15 grams of cocaine use daily per 1,000 residents.
Across Europe, up to 356 kilograms of cocaine is consumed each day, which is 10 to 15 percent of the total global cocaine consumption.
Source: AFP, “Cocaine use in Swiss cities among highest in Europe: report,” Google News, August 6, 2012.
An estimated 415,000 liters of beer that was smuggled into Norway from other countries were seized from bootleggers in 2011.
Source: Jenny Sundelin, “Cheap Swedish beer gives Norway a headache,” The Local, January 6, 2012.
Illegal fishing in the Barent Sea between 2002 and 2005 lead to 100,000 tons of cod stock being over-fished every year.
In 2008, due to cooperation between Russia and Norway, the illegal fishing catch was down to 15,00 tons.
Source: “Barent Sea to boost haddock and cod supplies,” Fishupdate.com, November 3, 2009.
The United States Department of State has reported in their Investment Climate Statement that the first case of movie piracy for the 2008 hit “Iron Man” occurred in Norway.
Source: US State Department, “2009 Investment Climate Statement-Norway,” February 2009.