OSLO, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Despite the fact that 16 percent of them reported sexual harassment in a survey last year, Norwegian female soldiers are more positive to mixed rooms in army than their male fellows, public broadcaster NRK reported Sunday.
The survey of conscripts in 2017 showed that 78 percent of female soldiers were very positive and 14 percent said they were quite positive about having mixed rooms.
On the other hand, 66 percent of men were very positive and 19 percent quite positive about this concept.
While only one percent of male soldiers answered that they had been subjected to sexual harassment, 16 percent of women experienced the same.
This is still a decrease compared to situation in 2012, when 23 percent of women reported that they had been exposed to sexual harassment, the report said.
According to Per-Thomas Boe, captain and spokesperson for the Norwegian Armed Forces, mixed-room solution has become a success story, which many were skeptical of a few years ago.
"If you ask many other countries, they say that we in Norway are quite daring to do this. We see that it has an effect and that the soldiers become more brothers and sisters than potential couples," Boe told NRK.
"They take care of each other and say when something wrong happens. Considering the fact that they live so close and gathered, I think that this helps us to take care of it earlier in the phase and before it gets serious," he said.