• Sweden's news in English
 

Swedish teen girls 'getting more violent'

Published: 11 May 2011 08:39 GMT+02:00

Currently, Swedish teen girls between 15- and 17-years old account for nearly one in five assault cases in which charges are filed, the Metro newspaper reports.

According to statistics from the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brottsförebyggande rådet – Brå), the figure represents about a 50 percent increase since 1994, when the figure was 12 percent.

"We see that development among young girls occurs faster than for buys, even when it comes to the most serious violent crimes," Sven Granath, a researcher at Brå, told the newspaper.

Granath added that he and his colleagues are unsure how to interpret the trend.

"From a research standpoint, we currently know too little about the causes," he said.

Criminologist Jerzy Sarnecki said he's not surprised that young women are responsible for an increasing share of violent crime.

"As young women's lives become more similar to young men's, they also start to assume some of the men's habits, even when it comes to crime," he told Metro.

"Young women's violence is primarily directed against other young women."

Young women are also committing an increasing number of aggravated assaults.

Between 2002 and 2008, the share of 15- to 17-year-old girls who were convicted for aggravated assault increased by 8 percent.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

10:24 May 11, 2011 by this_aint_sparta
I always feel unsafe if i am in a subway with some young swedish girl, you never know they will drag me in bushes and rape me and do this "aggravated assault" thats why I keep that pepper spray with me.

P.S, I am 30, 300lbs in weight and 6'5'' high.
10:37 May 11, 2011 by Stickeroo
I've totally noticed this. Since I got married, girls the world over have just lost their minds. They really need to realise that there are other men on this planet besides me. ;)
10:44 May 11, 2011 by this_aint_sparta
@ Stickeroo, No you were the best with tounge
10:56 May 11, 2011 by wenddiver
Thank God the Government is adressing dangerous Swedish girls and not wasting time on organized crime and terrorism.
11:10 May 11, 2011 by zircon
Vicky Pollard?
11:36 May 11, 2011 by Angry Ami
Well this stat should make all the feminists happy, you all wanted equality, now you got it, you wanted it so that girls could be like men, well now you got it, so now youth violence from both sides of the gender divide, isn't it nice to get what you wish for.
12:26 May 11, 2011 by planet.sweden
Time for a re-cap of recent headlines:

-Kids' team suspended after parents attack ref

-Bomb rocks popular Malmö restaurant

-Football hooliganism in Sweden - alive and kicking

-Swedish teen girls 'getting more violent'

-Sadistic sex crimes on animals rise in Sweden

-Cops probed for beating handicapped driver

-Drug abuse on the rise in Sweden

-Study: violence increasing on streets of Stockholm

-Sweden slammed over sexual violence inaction

-Court remands parents for 'honour' killing

-50% of rapes committed by men born outside of Sweden

-Young Swedes' mental health deteriorating: report

-One in six Swedish children obese: study

So Reinfeldt's been an outstanding success then? Well at least if all you care about is cash and economic data, but of course a total failure if you have concerns about the wider health of society.

And Swedish society is clearly locked into a downward spiral. You don't need the newspaper headlines to tell you that, you just need to use your eyes as you walk around Stockholm. The "yoof" Sweden's real claim to fame when I arrived are now just as idiotic, dopped up and violent as in the worst parts of London. Total failure.

But thus it was ever with government's who know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

The big difference between the centre right in the UK and here in Sweden is that PMs like David Cameron combine economic liberalism with social responsibility. For one Cameron stands for effective border controls, immigration limits and an ending of the abuse of the asylum system. He has also made it clear that multicultalism is dead, as has Germany's Angela Merkel.

Mr and Mrs Täby meanwhile are heading the other way. Still high on the wiff of their own one-world moral superiority, they prescribe open borders, multi culturalism, a blind eye to terrorism and other imported crimes, loose sentencing, weak authority in schools, lax drug controls, and a very East German style of political indoctrination and intimidation for those who don't buy into their ignorance. They keep bleating and moralizing while Swedish schools and society slide from bad to worse.

The opposition meanwhile are in a state of disarray and don't appear to be much better on most of the central issues.

Sweden really is heading into the abyss.
12:55 May 11, 2011 by jack sprat
Sounds like a banana republic,..apart from the fat kids of course.
14:01 May 11, 2011 by Syftfel
With the State(capital'S') taking on more responsibilities of raising children, and parents less so, this is one predictable outcome of decades of social democrat rule.
14:32 May 11, 2011 by philster61
www.psychoswedishgirl.com
15:13 May 11, 2011 by Swedesmith
Good. With all the rapists running around, the girls need to toughen up so they can defend themselves.
16:06 May 11, 2011 by Tanskalainen
Lutheranism is watered down and pathetic, a mere shadow of what it once was. Therefore with no Christianity holding Swedish society together the unrestrained ancient genes come to the surface in these girls. The Salt has lost its savor.
16:29 May 11, 2011 by planet.sweden
Lets not forget today's other uplifting story...

-Man 'executed' in Malmö car park
17:57 May 11, 2011 by haggastimes
standing up to bitch behavior: MANHOOD101. COM
18:35 May 11, 2011 by Infart
I'd be interested to know in which region of the country these violent crimes by women are happening. It's probably a long shot but I'm gonna go ahead and guess Malmö.
18:41 May 11, 2011 by technoviking
@ planet.sweden

Spot on.

The Swedes have lived in a comfortable fantasy land so long they have no ability to see reality from fantasy.

They are such nice, kind people that they assume others are the same.

Unfortunately, hang around Sergelstorg and look at the stats and you will see that they are certainly not the same.

Letting the worst, most violent, dysfunctional cultures of the world pour into your borders is not a sane policy.

Sanity will eventually kick in once the reality checks become frequent enough. It's already starting.

The fecklessness, coddling, and emasculated helplessness of Swedish kids on the other hand is a whole other problem. Again, too much comfort can be a bad thing.
23:10 May 11, 2011 by Grokh
I always say if sweden system wouldnt work in most places around the world because they are not civilized enough to not take advantage of the swedish way of life.

here alot of people who live in walfare actually want to work, whereas in other country theyll just not care and keep leeching .

Taking people from cultures who are totally messed up sure affects but its not only that, sweden has serious problems from old generation bad parenting and alcohol thats just a vicious circle.

most swedes i know have some sort of issue with their parents.

thing is sweden actually has alot of places where the young ones get help, thats something im sure no where in the world has as good.and rightly so because a propper childhood is key when it comes to avoiding future problems and criminals.
16:08 May 13, 2011 by farnoxo
"Granath added that he and his colleagues are unsure how to interpret the trend." ... uhmmm....the interpretation is that girls are getting more violent...not rocket science really!
01:09 May 14, 2011 by philster61
probably all that pent up sexual frustration.........
08:30 May 14, 2011 by Daniel Hynes
The Swedes need to teach their children manners. Starting in the home and follow through in schools. I have never come across so many rude people as In Stockholm. It's rare that you hear a child say please or thank you. Everyone jumps the queue on public transport and you never, ever see anyone give up their seat to the elderly or pregnant women.

"Good manners cost nothing" start with that and then maybe, just maybe, you won't have so much crime...

P.S. Swedish women/girls smoke too much!

Rant over....:)
17:35 May 15, 2011 by jamesblish
Hilarious to see people judge an entire nation based on 1 news outlet and its totally skewed priorities. The Local is not the truth, you know. They have their agenda.
Today's headlines
Swedish firm wins huge New York airport bid
Travellers at New York's LaGuardia Airport in January 2015. Photo: TT

Swedish firm wins huge New York airport bid

A consortium led by Swedish construction company Skanska was picked for a $3.6 billion (30.5 billion kronor) project to modernize New York's LaGuardia Airport, regional transport officials have announced. READ  

Swedish dads set to get more paternity leave
A Swedish Dad teaching his child to recycle. Photo: Cecilia Larsson/Image Bank Sweden

Swedish dads set to get more paternity leave

The Swedish government plans to introduce a third month of paid parental leave reserved for fathers as of next year in a bid to further increase gender equality. READ  

Royal Wedding
Six facts about Europe's hottest power couple
Sofia Hellqvist and Prince Carl Philip announcing their engagement in 2014. Photo: TT

Six facts about Europe's hottest power couple

Move over William and Kate, Sweden's Prince Carl Philip and fiancée Sofia Hellqvist are causing an international stir ahead of their upcoming wedding with one Australian paper even calling them 'Europe's coolest couple'. Here are six facts you need to learn about these rocking royals. READ  

The Local Recipes
How to make Swedish strawberry cordial
Strawberry cordial is a refreshing summer drink. Photo: John Duxbury

How to make Swedish strawberry cordial

Swedes love berries and enjoy putting them in both chilled cordials as well as hot drinks during winter. Here, food writer John Duxbury shares his favourite recipe for a raw strawberry squash (rårörd jordgubbssaft) that's delicious year-round but perfect for Swedish summer time. READ  

Swedish city apartment buyers in 'trouble' zone
Apartment blocks in Gothenburg: Photo: Simon Paulin/Image Bank Sweden

Swedish city apartment buyers in 'trouble' zone

One of Sweden's biggest banks has warned that too many potential buyers in Gothenburg and Stockholm are set to spend more than 30 percent of their disposable income on monthly mortgage payments and related costs, putting them in danger of potential financial problems in future. READ  

US rapper Wyclef Jean: 'I want to move to Sweden'
US-Haitian rap artist Wyclef Jean. Photo: AP Photo/Keystone, Laurent Gillieron

US rapper Wyclef Jean: 'I want to move to Sweden'

A small Swedish town two hours north of Stockholm could get an unexpected celebrity resident. Rap star Wyclef Jean fell in love with Sandviken after a gig there two years ago and has now told a Swedish tabloid that he is planning a move to the town in the next couple of years. READ  

The Local List
Five reasons Sandviken could really suit Wyclef
Sandviken railway station. Photo: Tanzania/Wikipedia

Five reasons Sandviken could really suit Wyclef

Former Fugees star Wyclef Jean stirred up a right debate in Sweden on Thursday when he said he was planning a move to the small town of Sandviken, two hours north of the capital. But we're not ones to judge, so we've put together this list of five reasons why the rapper might be such a big fan of this rural town. READ  

The Local List
Five questions before buying a Sweden home
Here's what you need to know before buying a home in Sweden. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/SCANPIX

Five questions before buying a Sweden home

The Swedish financial watchdog recently scrapped plans for new mortgage rules, meaning you can still buy a home in Sweden and never pay off the full loan. Here's The Local's guide to the five main things you need to know before taking your first step on to the property ladder in the Nordic country. READ  

Interview
'I was ashamed of not being fully Swedish'

'I was ashamed of not being fully Swedish'

What’s it like growing up in Sweden when you don’t look like anybody else? Swedish-Eritrean singer and social activist Sa’ra Charismata tells The Local about immigration, peace, and why it’s okay to be scared of other cultures. READ  

Swedes want 'equal' World Cup (for women)
Some of Sweden's national team with coach Pia Sundhage. Photo: TT

Swedes want 'equal' World Cup (for women)

UPDATED: Swedish TV channel TV4 plans to describe the upcoming global women's football contest in Canada as the 'World Cup', as part of efforts to promote equality in the sport, but Fifa has said it will be in breach of contract unless it uses its full title the 'Fifa Women's World Cup'. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Business & Money
Five questions to ask before buying your first home in Sweden
Sponsored Article
'No one tells expats about unemployment benefits'
Gallery
IN PICTURES: People-watching: May 17th
Bupa
Sponsored Article
Healthcare: Nine questions every expat should ask
Sport
Fake quotes in Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Swedish memoirs
Blog updates

26 May

Vet, kan, känner eller känner till? (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! It happens every now and then that my students mix up the words “vet”, “kan”, “känner”..." READ »

 

24 May

 (Joel Sherwood) »

"Real American men don’t watch Eurovision. New video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQk5dUhGt-w ..." READ »

 
 
 
Gallery
IN PICTURES: Your May sun snaps
Sponsored Article
Why expat women are choosing Swedish natural birth control
Education
Does Sweden mark down foreigners' children?
Sponsored Article
What it's like to be a student in Malmö
National
Russian veterans' Nazi attack on Ikea
Gallery
Property of the week: Lugnvik, Östersund
National
Avicii confirms royal wedding DJ gig
Sponsored Article
Kristin Amparo: 'Swedes are afraid to be proud'
Gallery
IN PICTURES: Eurovision winner Måns Zelmerlöw through the years
Gallery
People-watching: May 22nd-23rd
National
Why are Sweden's beaches among the worst in Europe?
National
VIDEO: Can you get your tongue around Sweden's word for 'nurse'?
National
How two million Swedes are designing a 'house of clicks'
National
What's on in Sweden this week
National
Five facts you need to know about Sweden's Eurovision entry
National
Why do one in three Swedes want to join Nato?
Features
What to do in Stockholm this summer
Gallery
People-watching: May 20th
National
How Sweden and Saudi Arabia got back on speaking term after row
Gallery
Property of the week: Västra hamnen, Malmö
Sponsored Article
'There is no such thing as Swedish values'
National
Why is support for the Sweden Democrats at a record high?
Sponsored Article
ConnectSweden: Examining Sweden's place in the world
Gallery
People-watching: May 15th - 17th
National
VIDEO: Swedish man's roar scares off charging bear
National
'Gang conflict' linked to latest Gothenburg attack
National
RECIPE: How to make Panna cotta with cloudberry jam
Sponsored Article
'Educated immigrants get stuck in limbo in Sweden'
National
Sweden backs migrant sharing plan
National
Swedish boozing on the rise
National
Why Sweden's deputy PM was forced to apologize for Auschwitz analogy
National
End of the road for Julian Assange's arrest appeal?
Features
Booked to go to one of Sweden's sizzling music festivals yet?
National
Meet the Swedish boy who used to be a girl
Sponsored Article
How to change the world: Malmö to Mogadishu
Gallery
IN PICTURES: Princess Estelle through the years
National
Why is obesity ballooning in Sweden?
National
VIDEO: The bizarre Swedish nurses song that's gone viral
National
Ecuador stray dog Arthur in Swedish charity race
National
UK expert: 'Sweden's current military state is alarming'
National
Elfdalian: a real language spoken in central Sweden in 2015
National
Is King's love for house tracks behind new military music?
Gallery
Property of the week: Hjortnäs, Leksand
National
Sex-crazed grouse terrorizes Swedes
National
IN PICTURES: Sweden's King Carl XVI turns 69
National
Dolphins spotted in Baltic
Gallery
People-watching: May 1st-3rd
Sponsored Article
'Never waste a good crisis'
Swedish Hasbeens
Sponsored Article
Is the world wrong to connect Sweden with sex?
Sponsored Article
'Impossible' to run Skanska without Bromma Airport
Sponsored Article
Want to study in Sweden? Read why Stockholm is the best choice
Sponsored Article
'Sweden must embrace openness and diversity'
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

3,260
jobs available
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
psdmedia.se