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Figure 1. Rate of crimes for financial gain per 10,000 inhabitants in East Icelanda compared to country as a whole.

Figure 2. Rate of violent crimes per 10,000 inhabitants in East Icelanda compared to country as a whole.

Figure 3. Rate of destruction of property crimes per 10,000 inhabitants in East Icelanda compared to country as a whole.

Figure 4. Number of drug offences per 10,000 inhabitants in East Icelanda police precincts and Nationally.

a: Here East Iceland is defined as the municipalities of: Seyðisfjörður, Fjarðabyggð, Vopnafjarðarhreppur, Fljótsdalshreppur, Borgarfjarðarhreppur, Djúpavogshreppur and Fljótsdalshérað. Plus the municipality of Skeggjastaðahreppur in 2001-2006 and Hornafjörður from 2001 - 2014.

Raw data in Excel sheet.

Updated: June 27, 2019
Source: Icelandic Police, retrieved June 27, 2019

Metrics, Targets and Monitoring Protocol

What is measured?
  • Number of crimes for financial gains, assaults and vandalism per capita in East Iceland and nationally. (Project effect: induced).
  • Number of drug violations per capita in local communities compared with national average. (Project effect: induced).
Monitoring Protocol

The National Commissioner of Police publishes reports with crime rates, broken down by police districts, on its website. Every incident is registered.

  • East Iceland crime rate lower than the national per capita crime rate.
  • Number of violations (per 10,000 inhabitants) less than or equal to the baseline.
Possible countermeasures

Not applicable, monitoring only.

Changes of indicator

This indicator was originally split up in two diffirent indicators. Originally it was number 8.1 (Safety in the Community) and 8.2 (Social Stress) and can be found under that number in documents of the project from 2005 and 2006.

The indicator number has been changed twice.

Table 1. Changes to name and number of indicator
Year Nr. Indicator name
2020 1.5.1 Rate of crime
2007 1.18a-c Community Wellbeing


Figure 5. Crime rate in Iceland in 2002. Source:The National Commissioner (

Rationale for Indicator Selection

Crime is often the result of a society that is unstable and not socially cohesive. Crime rate, measured by crimes per capita, can be a useful indicator for measuring social wellbeing and the safety of a community. Inhabitants of a community with a low crime rate will experience higher quality of life and social cohesion than a community experiencing high crime rates. Alcoa and Landsvirkjun have had a social impact on the region by attracting new workers and inhabitants to the area. Monitoring levels of crime helps to indicate the degree of long-term stability in the areas.

The well being of a society is greatly affected by the health of its citizens. Individual’s behavior, including drug use, is a major factor in determining social well being. Drug use correlates with societal problems such as unemployment and crime that ultimately undermine long term social wellbeing

From phase I/II report on indicators and baseline from April 2005