Record Number of Missing Child Notifications

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Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Capital region police received 32 requests for help in finding missing children and young people in March alone.

The police have never before received so many missing young person notifications in one month and, according to Vísir, they have received 53 percent more such requests so far this year than the average of the previous two years.

The data come from the chief of police’s monthly review report.

The report also states that capital area police received 705 notifications of criminal violations in March—which was considerably higher than February’s 588 incidents. According to a police statement, the increase between months is largely explained by there having been more domestic violence cases in March.

Drug and drink driving violations also increased in March, at 122 cases in the capital region—up 46 percent on the twelve-month average, and a huge 34 percent higher than the March average in the past three years.

It’s fair to say that Reykjavík police will be hoping for a more peaceful April—though it remains a safe city by any global standard.


Source : Iceland Review

Norwegian birth rate decreases for seventh consecutive year

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Women that have a lot of children often find themselves defending their decision, consultant Dr. Anne Eskild told broadcaster NRK.

“When so many have no children or only one child, others have to have five children to keep numbers up,” said Eskild, who works a consultant at Akershus University Hospital and teaches at the University of Oslo.

The proportion of those having more children is also falling, however, according to the analysis.

Eskild said that working cultures in Norway are incompatible with large families, with ideals not recognising the value of having children.

“Today people have to defend themselves if they are full-time parents with many children. They face questions like ‘what is wrong with you, do you not know about family planning, why don’t you have a job’”, she told NRK.

The trend of decreasing birth rates is not unique to Norway. Similar tendencies have been reported in Russia as well as in European countries such as France and Italy, although Norway’s Scandinavian neighbour Denmark did report a slight improvement in 2015.

“It is not until after the age of 30 that there is enough economic security to have children, and then it becomes difficult to have many before biology sets its own limits,” Eskild said.

Many women in their 20s prefer to wait until they have finished studying and have stable, higher-paid jobs before starting families, the professor said.

“If you are not on the job market then you can be given 40,000-50,000 kroner ($4,700-5,800) [by the state] in social support, but others [who take maternal or paternal leave from well-paid jobs, ed.] can receive up to a million ($116,000). That is an unequal valuation of people’s children, can lead to those who do not have access to those kinds of welfare systems choosing to delay having children or having abortions,” she said.

Despite the decreasing birth rate, population is in fact increasing in Norway, due to longer life expectancies and immigration.

Former prime minister Kåre Willoch told NRK that he nevertheless saw the trend – and its association with families’ economic situations – as a cause for concern.

“Families must have a satisfactory economy, and in all cases no worse a financial situation than those who have decided not to take on the task of providing for children,” he said.

Families “should be compensated with generous allowances, but instead these have been halved,” he said.


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