Iceland boasts the highest ratio of police officers per capita of all the Nordic countries according to a new survey. Nevertheless, a senior police official claims that more interest in the profession needs be created.
The Norwegian news web dagsavisen.no reports that there is one police officer for every 432 Icelanders. In Sweden the ratio is one policeman for every 511 inhabitants, 509 in Denmark, and 592 in Norway.
In an interview with Bladid daily, Gunnlaugur Snaevarr, superintendent at Iceland’s Police Academy, admits that this ratio is encouraging, but points out that more policemen are still needed. “Only in this year, 44 policemen have retired and most of them have yet to be replaced,” says Snaevarr.