Region: Europe
National Central Bureau: Reykjavik
Member since: 6 September 1971
How INTERPOL supports Iceland to tackle international crime.

Fighting organized crime in Iceland

Iceland is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic, to the northwest of the European continent. This geographic location makes it a targeted source and transit country for crime groups smuggling illicit merchandise into or from European markets and Scandinavia.

Iceland’s principal transnational crime challenges therefore include trafficking in drugs and people, cybercrime, and associated money laundering.

The international characteristics of these crime areas and their links with crime networks around the world make the role of the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) in Iceland fundamental to maintaining national and regional security.

INTERPOL in Iceland

The National Commissioner’s office co-ordinates Iceland’s international police cooperation activities through its INTERPOL NCB, which is part of the International Department.

NCB Reykjavik plays a central role in preventing the country and surrounding region from serving international organized crime. By providing globally-sourced intelligence about regional crime trends, the NCB helps police officers across Iceland detect and investigate the flow of illicit goods along trafficking routes in and around the country.

Law enforcement in Iceland

Headed by a National Commissioner, Iceland’s national police force (called: Lögreglan) is part of the Ministry of Justice.

The Ministry of Justice is responsible for public order, community policing and criminal investigations.