Drug Offenders in Norwegian Prisons

"The average number of inmates in Norwegian prisons was 3,624 in 2010. This is an increase of seven per cent on the year before, and more than in any of the preceding 50 years. Almost 30 per cent of inmates at the start of 2010 had drug crime as their primary offence. By comparison, crimes against property accounted for 22 per cent and crimes of violence for 21 per cent.
"There were 1,959 new imprisonments in Norwegian prisons in 2010 with drug crime as the primary offence. A total of 591 of the imprisonments were for aggravated drug crimes pursuant to the General Civil Penal Code section 162 second and third paragraphs. While the proportion of women was slightly more than 9 per cent for drug crimes in all, it was as high as 13 per cent for aggravated drug crimes."


Norwegian Institute for Alcohol and Drug Research, "The Drug Situation in Norway 2012: annual report to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)," (Oslo, Norway: December 2012), p. 48.