Young Swedes have long flocked to Norway to work in shops and cafes in the major cities of Oslo and Bergen, where the salaries are much higher. Norway has also long recruited nurses and doctors from its Nordic neighbour.
But up until now, the traffic has been largely one way.
If the plan goes ahead, it wouldn’t be the first time that two European countries have cooperated on criminal justice. In 2015, Norway started sending criminals to spend their prison sentence in Netherlands because its own jails were too full.
Nitz said she believed that without innovative measures, it would be difficult for the Swedish police to meet its target of putting 7,000 more officers on the beat by 2024.
“This is a challenge when we are not filing all the places in police education and aren’t managing to hold on to the police officers we already have today,” she said. “It’s going to take a long time before we have the police corps we need to carry out our duties.”