1. Norway $0.289 Billion ($289 Million)

  2. Black Market Crime in Norway

Norway Security Threats

Data and information about security threats from Norway’s black market. Intelligence and security information collected from government agencies, news articles and other public data sources.

In a study of global commercial truck drivers, nearly half of drivers tested postive to using alcohol when driving, and 30 percent used amphetamines to stay awake during long trips.

The study conducted by the Universidada Estadual de Londrina in Brazil found that the number of users varied widely by country. In Brazil, 91 percent of truck drivers stated that they drank alcohol while working, compared to 9 percent in Pakistan.

83 percent of truck drivers in Thailand tested positive for amphetamines, compared to 0.2 percent in Norway.

In the United States, 12.5 percent of commercial drivers tested positive for alcohol.

The Federal Highway Police in Brazil stated that marijuana, cocaine, heroin, amphetamines and LSD were all easily found at gas stations and rest stop locations. Brazil has the most traffic accidents in the world.

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Source:  Kathyrn Doyle, “Drug use high among commercial truck drivers: study,” Reuters, October 25, 2013.

Criminal justice programs in Norway identified 349 people who were classified as victims of human trafficking activities in 2012. The number of victims in Norway was the highest number since the survey began collecting statistics in 2007.

255 of the victims were women, 70 were children, and 24 were men.

Most of the victims were trafficked for the purpose of prostitution, with 239 victims of sexual exploitation.

The victims were from 50 nationalities, but 163 originated from Nigeria, and 46 were trafficked from Romania.

Between the years 2003 to June 2013, prosecutors in Norway obtained 28 convictions for human trafficking crimes.

(Additional human trafficking statistics.)

Source:  “Number of Human Trafficking Victims Increases,” Nordic Page, July 23, 2013.

In 2008, an estimated 1.2 billion music songs were digitally pirated on the Internet in Norway. In 2012, the number of pirated musics files dropped to 210 million.

260 million movies were illegally downloaded in Norway in 2008. By 2012, the number of pirated movies downloaded online fell to 120 million.

Both declines in the number of pirated digital files were attributed to streaming Internet services such as Spotify and Netflix.

Source:  Adam Sherwin, “Music and film industries winning war on piracy, says report,” Independent, July 17, 2013.


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.

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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.

(More cocaine facts and statistics.)

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.