Not a single murder was reported in the Norwegian capital of Oslo until May of last year, and the year ended with a total of seven homicide investigations. That’s considered low in a city of around 600,000 residents, even though it was two more than in 2016.
Police reported a total of 27 homicide investigations in the entire country in 2017. Many believe that’s still 27 murders too many, but it’s also deemed low for a country with a population of more than 5 million.
Oslo was murder-free last year until a 48-year-old woman was found beaten and dead in her apartment in the Grønland district on May 7. The last murder investigation opened during the Christmas holidays, when a couple brought their three-month-old baby girl to Ullevål University Hospital with serious injuries. Doctors immediately suspected domestic violence and began investigating attempted murder.
The couple was arrested at the hospital and the father admitted to severe child abuse. The baby’s mother was charged as a passive accomplice. The baby remained in critical condition until she died last weeked, with her father now charged with murder. The couple’s two other children have been placed in protective care.