Olso is a vivid capital city and the 3rd largest in Scandinavia. Most risks come from rare petty thefts in Olso or from the cold and sometimes dangerous meteorological conditions. SafeAround has compiled information from numerous sources make sure you have a safe trip in Oslo, and be aware of all potential dangers.


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Is Olso a Safe or Dangerous city?

Olso is a safe city; although it has a poor reputation among Norwegians – compared to other Norwegian cities which have 0% crime, Oslo is a bit more dangerous; but it still is one of the safest cities in Europe. Still, some areas around Gronland, Toyen, Kuba or Karl Johan street are best avoided (see the map) particularly at night. The central train station is also a bit dangerous at night and crowded during the day which might attract pickpockets. There are some illegal/pirate taxis around nightclubs that no tourist or local should ever use.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Oslo is very safe country.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : N/A

There is some pickpocket-related risk in Norway, especially Oslo and Bergen. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed. Take a look at the city maps to see the most frequent pickpockets locations.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : N/A

Norway is an averagely safe country regarding the chances of being mugged or kidnapped. Stay out of the dangerous zones shown on the map.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : N/A

As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you in Oslo. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : N/A

Transports and official taxis are generally very safe in Norway.


There can be some occasional natural hazards (geological, meteorological) in Norway.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : N/A

Norway has not recently been targeted by terrorist attacks, but it is best to stay alert since other countries in Europe have been targeted.


Norway is generally very safe for women travelers.


Useful Information

Visas are not usually required for stays under 90 days, and EU nationals (Schengen) can stay in the country as long as they want. Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to the country you’re visiting. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The currency in Norway is the Norwegian Kroner. Being a very wealthy country, it is also one of the most expensive in Europe, daily budgets go from 150$ to 250$.
Norway’s climate shows great variations, although it is milder than its latitude (same as Canada) would indicate. Still, winters are very cold so the best time to visit is around summer (June-August) although major cities can be visited year-long.
The main international airports are the ones in Olso, Bergen and Bodo. If you’re looking fore cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar.
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page.