US State Department Travel Warning for Norway
Norwegian media have reported a number of violent assaults in the Oslo area over the past several months. These include a daytime knife attack on a tram near Solli plass on January 5th and two stabbings near Oslo Central Station on January 10th. Parks can be especially dangerous, even Slottsparken (The Palace Park) across from the U.S. Embassy, which has been the site of multiple assaults.
The U.S. Embassy wants to remind all U.S. citizens to exercise basic safety precautions, even in a generally safe country like Norway, as you would in other locations:
- If possible, do not walk alone at night. If you are out late, arrange to walk with others or consider another form of transportation.
- Remain in well-lighted areas with heavy traffic.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times; see potential threats before they become actual threats.
- Trust your instincts. If something seems wrong, get yourself out of that area.
- Keep your cell phone with you and charged to call for help if necessary. The police emergency number is 112, which you can dial from any land line or cell phone.
Individuals needing consular assistance from the U.S. Embassy should contact the Embassy by email or by telephone (+47 2130-8550, or +47 2244- 8550, after hours). The U.S. Embassy in Oslo is located at Henrik Ibsens Gate 48.