Crime in Reykjavik, Iceland

Crime rates in Reykjavik, Iceland

Level of crime
13.87 Very Low
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
55.17 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
20.39 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
9.90 Very Low
Worries car stolen
13.11 Very Low
Worries things from car stolen
21.50 Low
Worries attacked
11.36 Very Low
Worries being insulted
13.89 Very Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
10.82 Very Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
34.15 Low
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
29.96 Low
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
17.66 Very Low
Problem corruption and bribery
36.25 Low

Safety in Reykjavik, Iceland

Safety walking alone during daylight
92.66 Very High
Safety walking alone during night
77.80 High

Contributors: 145

Last update: February 2019

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 3 years.

If the value is 0, it means it is perceived as very low, and if the value is 100, it means it is perceived as very high.

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12 Comments so far

#Squirrl on Feb 16, 2018 :
Not as safe as people think. I had friends that had their wallet stolen.

But something worse happened.

I was walking to my hotel one night around 2 AM and a van approaches me asking for directions in icelandic. i told him i only spoke english so he starts asking in english. He and his pal asked for a specific street and I said i didnt know. He jumped out of the van and hit me on the head. I said dont hurt me here's my money. He made me walk the other direction and promised to kill me if I turned around. I called the cops and filed a report. I've never felt less defeated in my life, it still haunts me to this day.
#Russiangamer33 on Jun 10, 2017 :
#Karl R actually if you would take time deeply googling,Russia is safer than USA believe it or not
#Tom on Apr 09, 2017 :
To #Haraldur I know you posted well over a year ago, but I thought I would comment. The American culture that you see is and blame is not American per se. I have talked to a lot of Europeans during travels and they do not seem to get that Americans are very different state to state. We have 50 states that, at times have laws and cultures so different that it is hard for Europeans to fathom that they are in the same country. A lot of what you see on TV, listen to, or read about is heavily influenced by the coasts. The West Coast dominated by California and the East Coat Dominated by New York. There are giant swaths of the middle of the country where you could drive for hours and not see a single person. States like Wyoming and Montana have vastly different cultures than California. Texas is very different than Maryland. Etc. Many of us in the middle of the country despise California and New York and the "culture" that they represent.
#Karl R on Jul 22, 2016 :
I think we can rule out some of the suggestions as just being wrong.

BLACKS: (as suggested by #Riski)
El Salvador has well under 1/2% black population, and it (currently) has the second highest murder rate in the world.

MINORITIES: (as suggested by #Lars)
Singapore has crime rates that are as low as Iceland's. It is 26% minority (the majority being ethnic Chinese). Both Honduras and El Salvador, (currently) having the 1st and 2nd highest murder rates, are far less ethnically diverse than Singapore.

(If #Lars is using "minority" as a euphemism for "non-white," then Singapore is at least 97% "minority.")

Russia is 81% ethnic Russian, and at least 10% "some other flavor of white" (Tatar, Ukranian, Bashkir, etc), but it has a murder rate more than double the USA (and more than 30 times more than Iceland or Singapore).

INCOME INEQUALITY: (as suggested by #Haraldur)
Singapore has income inequality roughly equal to the USA and Venezuela. Venezuela (currently) has the 3rd highest murder rate in the world. Ukraine, which has even lower income inequality than Iceland, has a murder rate that's slightly higher than the USA.

That said, there seems to be *some* correlation between income inequality and crime.

CHRISTIANITY: (as suggested by #Anonymous)
The countries (currently) having the top six murder rates are all 80% to 90% christian. Singapore, on the other hand, is only 19% christian.
#Anonymous on Jul 03, 2016 :
I think the crime rate is low in Iceland because they have not thrown away the belief and practices of their founders. For example 80 - 90 percent of Iclanders are christians. They read the bible and follow the golden rules. God Almighty has given us the secret to safe, peaceful, and happy society and they are all in the Holy Bible. Unfortunately, most so call christan nations like Amirica, Canada, etc are turning their back on God by not allowing people to mention the name "Jesus" and removing other christian part of their heritage for the sake of circular-ism. They welcome people of other faith, allow them to practice their religions but are throwing away theirs systematically. Everybody may not believe in those Biblical principals but don't temper with them. America and Canada were founded by Christians who prayed and made the constitution accordingly. Theses principles are the building blocks of the two nations.
#Riski on Apr 05, 2016 :
Iceland has low crime due to the fact that there are no blacks in Iceland......duh!
#Haraldur on Oct 22, 2015 :
To the person wondering why the crime rate is so low (I know Hanna gave a set of reasons but these are some more). Another reason is that much of Iceland isn't poor, an overwhelming majority is in the Middle Class (last time I checked it was 90% I think). Which leads to a small Lower Class, where most criminals come from, however we are starting to see some increase in crime because of Polish and Russian immigrants and the influence of America's culture on the youth (don't mean to blame them, just that it's definitely one of the reasons).
#diego on Jun 14, 2015 :
Thanks Hanna for the info, really interesting indeed
cheers from Chile
I want to visit Ísland one day
#Kevin on May 26, 2015 :
Yeah I heard that too when I lived there the prisoners had really nice quarter to sleep in too.
#edward longshanks on Apr 20, 2015 :
What the hell do you steal in iceland? Do you kick somones ass just to kick someones ass?
#Anonymous on Mar 16, 2015 :
Sorry, to burst your bubble there, but no thats quite frankly strange as of why someone would think that?
Howver i came too advise We have a lot of Russian and Pholish immigrants that tend the drug scene keep
an eye out they tend to travel in groups just try not to engage in contact with them. but ofcourse there
are a lot of pol&rus immigrants that are honest decent working people, But Iceland has a huge drug abuse
problem,that they dont let out on the world new however 70% of them will be the nicest people,helpful,and polite and will help you out with just about anything and do so with a smile on their face! there are 20%of them violent sociopaths that will stop at nothing to get what they want when they want these are the 'upper'level lowlifes really how ever it's just you dont fuck with them they wont fuck with you Simple if you are not looking for it you wont notice drugs in iceland, only thing you should watch for is be properly dressed for wheater even though its summer and whatch out for addicts in the night they will rob you if they think they'll catch you in a blindspot, Just if you think that someone is 'sketchy'just look them straight in the eyes, smile and offer them a nice evening and keep walking, 99% of the time they'll be too scared to rob you cause their thinking you're either a (sorry for calling it this) ''big name'' or undercover however if you can skip the 'risk'hypothetically It's second to none,If you're worried just avoid them and hold your cell in your hand if they think you're going to make a call they wont risk it for low reward
#Lars on Mar 04, 2015 :
It's insane that none of these PC sites trying to explain Icelands low crime rate refuse to state the obvious fact that there aren't any minorities.