Iceland Mag

10 Reykjavik

Iceland Mag

Lifestyle

Most Icelanders feel safe walking alone at night in their communities

By Staff

  • Night time down-town Most respondents felt unsafe walking alone in down-town Reykjavík. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

A new study conducted by the Social Science Research Institute at the National University shows that most Icelanders feel safe walking alone at night in the area where they live in, reports the National Broadcasting Service. Women felt considerably less safe walking alone at night time than men.

3.7 percent of the men who responded felt unsafe walking alone at night in their communities, while 12 percent of women felt unsafe walking alone at night.

60 percent of all respondents felt uncomfortable walking alone at night during weekends in down-town Reykjavík. Nearly half of the women who responded felt unsafe walking alone at night in down-town Reykjavík, while only 19 percent of men felt uncomfortable in down-town Reykjavík at night. However, the majority of residents of down-town Reykjavík felt safe walking alone at night in the area. 

Most people, roughly 38 percent of all respondents, worried about falling victim to burglary while 19 percent feared aggravated assault. 

Related content

Editor's Picks