"......... I also didn't realize Norway had such a great reputation for being safe, that is comforting to hear."
Not just Norway either.
Everywhere i have traveled ive never felt i needed a COP even in the "seedy" parts of town as Rick would put it. Sometimes i seek out the "seedy" parts of town to see how the other half and not pretty part of town looks. To me if everything is all roses, theres something wrong. Also, "seedy" is relative.
A little story. I was sent to Connecticut for my work and never been up there. Spent a Sunday driving around Hartford and had to get some gas. Hartford itself was dead as a doornail. Not like PDX where its busy on weekends. Found a gas station near the City Hall and noticed that just across the street was what i would call "slums". Since they looked like something out of a movie, no paint, boarded up, garbage in the yard and street, but just across it was pristine. That is nothing ive ever seen back home even in the hood or our "slums" and i grew up in the hood. To me a 3rd world country looked better than that. Just some perspective.