• Sweden edition
 
Swedish teen girls 'increasingly violent'

Swedish teen girls 'increasingly violent'

Published: 12 Jan 2012 08:32 GMT+01:00
Updated: 12 Jan 2012 08:32 GMT+01:00

The number of Swedish teen girls accused of committing violent assaults has more than doubled in the last decade, new figures show, while the number of girls who are victims has also increased.

Girls in Sweden also account for an ever-greater percentage of the victims of violent crime, the Dagens Nyheter (DN) daily reported.

While boys continue to be overrepresented among assault victims, Swedish girls accounted for one third of assault victims aged 15-17 in 2010, up from one fourth in 2008.

“That susceptibility to violence is increasing faster among young girls that among other groups is likely related to the fact that we've long seen that more and more young girls are also suspected of being the perpetrators of violence,” Sven Granath, a criminologist at Sweden's National Council on Crime Prevention (Brottsförebyggande rådet – Brå) told the paper.

According to figures from the council reviewed by DN, the number of girls aged 15-20 suspected of assault has increased 118.5 percent in the last decade, from 428 in 2000 to 935 reports in 2010.

In addition, the number of suspected of assaults directed at girls between 15- and 17-years-old jumped by 63 percent between 2008 and 2010.

According to Granath, it's no longer possible to overlook the increasing violence directed toward and meted out by young Swedish girls.

“For a long time, it was barely considered violence when a girl was hit and therefore wasn't reported,” he told DN.

“That violence involving women is taken seriously today is positive. A society where women are considered non-threatening isn't especially equal [from a gender perspective].”

Mathias Henriksson of the Stockholm police confirmed that girls are increasingly involved in violent crime.

“We see that when it comes to the sort of crimes previously committed primarily by guys, like assault and robbery, it's becoming more common for girls to be found guilty,” he told the paper.

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

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

09:01 January 12, 2012 by senlac
"Deadlier than the male"
09:04 January 12, 2012 by dockmandock
There is no way the girls in the pic are Swedish. Ridiculous.
09:12 January 12, 2012 by skogsbo
does that not mean that boys are becoming less so, as it's all proportionally stats?

At least the picture is of some US drunk teens! Swedish teens dress different and the bags from the System aren't like that!
10:05 January 12, 2012 by baboonga
I like the left most one.
10:07 January 12, 2012 by Grindsprint
LOL at the pic :D
10:51 January 12, 2012 by EtoileBrilliant
Agree, the bags are a US trademark.
11:48 January 12, 2012 by star10
Of the of the agendas by feminist struggle has been for women to be equally endowed with testosterone as men. And that has now resulted in transfer of significant quantity of testosterone from men to women. lol.
11:53 January 12, 2012 by farnoxo
But on the bright side....it's a great advert for gender equality, I mena why should it only be the boys who get to be violent thugs
13:26 January 12, 2012 by colombianska_tjej
" A society where women are considered non-threatening isn't especially equal [from a gender perspective]."

Then I wonder...shouldn't be the problem that there IS violence, disregard gender?
14:23 January 12, 2012 by gabeltoon
" Girls aged 15-20 " How strange.I would think that at the age of 20 a person is classed as an adult.
22:54 January 12, 2012 by zooeden
girls and boys increasingly violent and respectles cause as a parent you are not allowed to slap a pedagogic "dont do it" bunch of puzzies and softies idiots!!!
23:33 January 12, 2012 by skumdum
Everytime the Local writes about swedish girls they use this picture.
23:48 January 12, 2012 by Kina_observer
Swedish girls gone wild.......
04:34 January 13, 2012 by philster61
psychoswedishgirl.com
12:57 January 13, 2012 by Achilles7
This article doesn't surprise me. Having lived in Sweden for a year now, I have noticed that Swedish girls are not at all like the sterotypical pure, gentle, innocent 'fairer sex' as so often portrayed in English media. They are actually quite loud, aggressive and boisterous. It's a shame really, because a lot of them are very pretty but they rather ruin their attractiveness by being very un-lady like.
Today's headlines
Florida 'mystery knight' dies in Sweden
Michael Boatwright (R) and Medieval knight re-enactors.

Florida 'mystery knight' dies in Sweden

The "motel mystery" American who baffled US authorities by only speaking Swedish when he woke up from a coma last year has passed away, Swedish media reported on Wednesday. READ () »

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king
Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king

UPDATED: Scientists pried open the 850-year-old casket of King Erik the Holy on Wednesday, hoping to find out more about the king, his crown, and his eating habits. READ () »

TeliaSonera announces first-quarter profit drop
TeliaSonera CEO Johan Dennelind. File photo: TT

TeliaSonera announces first-quarter profit drop

Stockholm-listed telecom operator TeliaSonera on Wednesday said profits had fallen in the first quarter, but hoped offering customers more data solutions in the future would turn things around. READ () »

'Imperfect EU better than revolting nationalism'
Fredrik Reinfeldt. File photo: TT

'Imperfect EU better than revolting nationalism'

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Wednesday urged young voters to head to the European parliamentary polls on May 25th "to cure the European disease of nationalism". READ () »

Ericsson quarterly profit defies sluggish sales
Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg at the first quarter press conference. Photo: TT

Ericsson quarterly profit defies sluggish sales

Swedish telecom giant Ericsson on Wednesday announced a drop in sales but posted a sharp rise in first-quarter profit, which nonetheless fell shy of analyst predictions. READ () »

Fatal Norrköping brawl
Four brothers held as cops fear brawl reprisals
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Four brothers held as cops fear brawl reprisals

Swedish police fear that several people involved in a brawl in eastern Sweden on Monday night may be seeking revenge after two brothers were shot dead. READ () »

Sponsored Article
Beautiful pearls of southeast Sweden
The town of Västervik.

Beautiful pearls of southeast Sweden

Ask a Swede, and they are likely to say that their favourite holiday spot is in the southeast of Sweden. Eastern Småland and Öland offer a smörgåsbord of all the things dearest to the Swedes - from the beloved children's book author Astrid Lindgren to deep forests, long sandy beaches, perfect spots for that all-important 'fika', and a surprising amount of space, peace and quiet. READ () »

Weekend weather to bring summer warmth
Swedes enjoy hot dogs and cherry blossoms in Stockholm's Kungsträdgården. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Weekend weather to bring summer warmth

The sun is set to stick around and temperatures could climb into the twenties over the weekend, Swedish meteorologists said on Wednesday READ () »

'Day-care rapist' admits molesting eight kids

'Day-care rapist' admits molesting eight kids

A 21-year-old man confessed on Wednesday to sex crimes against eight children at a day care where he was working as an intern. READ () »

Swedish cops nab man for having big muscles
An unrelated bodybuilder. File photo: Ann Törnkvist

Swedish cops nab man for having big muscles

Police in Sweden's south who hauled a muscular man in for steroid testing have had their knuckles rapped, after it was ruled that big biceps cannot be grounds for narcotics suspicions. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
TT
Gallery
Inside the 850-year-old king's coffin
Features
Sponsored: South-eastern Sweden offers Öland beaches and more
Gallery
Swedish underwear shop puts staff in front of the camera
Gallery
IN PICTURES: The Local's Property of the Week - Täby
Sponsored: India+Sweden Week - India Unlimited
Features
Sponsored: India+Sweden Week - A film, food, and finance feast
National
University applications rocket to record high
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 18-20
TT
Society
Kids in Victorian garb mark Swedish Easter
Shutterstock
National
Swedish MP ordered chemtrail probe
Society
Swedish supermarket Ica pulls contested Easter commercial off air
Kungahuset
Society
Swedish royals set baptism date for princess
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 16
Advertisement:
Politics
Who's the prime minister's heir?
Alfie Atkins
Society
Are children's books the key to families integrating in Sweden?
National
'Sweden Dem protests cater to party's martyr image'
National
'Swedish research grants were fantastic, but now it's like Australia'
Society
Only in Sweden: The ten problems you'd never encounter elsewhere
National
Swedes stopped to take my picture, but didn't look me in the eyes
Business & Money
A swipe of the hand replaced cash and cards in Lund
YouTube
Features
Video: Oliver Gee finds out how to embrace The Swedish Hug
TT
National
Abba duo hints at reunion
Private
National
Flash mobs hug it out across Sweden
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 11-13
Stockholm School of Economics
Sponsored Article
Why a bachelor's degree is no longer enough
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 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

Blog Update: The Diplomatic Dispatch

28 October 15:16

The Green Growth Group Summit »

"Today on the 28 October in Brussels, a large group of key EU Ministers and business people, including UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, and Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, will meet to discuss green growth. They all have a stake in resolving a challenge which, although it is crucial..." READ »

719
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com